American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 4, April

Hostages Safe after Siege at Salt Lake City PL
A five-and-a-half-hour ordeal that began when a gunman with a bomb took 10 people hostage at the Salt Lake City Public Library Mar. 5 ended when a deputy who had sneaked in among the hostages shot the gunman dead. The siege began shortly before...
Lowlife Info in a High-Tech Age
If you don't know the real story behind the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, you haven' t been doing your homework in the supermarket line. According to the tabs, the truth is that Nancy, not Tonya, was the real mastermind behind the plot. It makes sense,...
Personal Essays
"The hallmark of the personal essay is its intimacy. The writer seems to be speaking directly into your ear, confiding everything from gossip to wisdom." That's Phillip Lopate, in the introduction to The Art of the Personal Essay, reminding us that...
Reflections on Dealing with Vendors
Not long ago, a University of Arizona library school colleague asked me to speak to her automation class about the procurement process for a large library information system. While discussing the presentation's direction, we agreed that, while many...
Schools Close, but Library Ed Survives at UCLA and Berkeley
Although the long-feared closings of the graduate library schools at California's two largest universities have finally been announced, their library-education programs will live on as part of two newly created schools. UCLA's Graduate School of...
Staff Harassment by Patrons: Why Administrators Flinch
Will Manley's columns in the July/August through October 1993 American Libraries on sexual harassment of staff by patrons, as well as my observations of what my staff suffers in this area, have led me to take a hard look at the environment in which...
The Way ALA Does Business: A Midwinter Meeting Wrap-Up
Part one of Midwinter coverage appeared in the March issue, p. 222-223. "What is wrong with ALA," said consultant Dadie Perlov during a Council discussion of ALA's self-study in progress, "cannot be fixed through structural change." The Association...

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