American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, February

CNI Presses on in Wake of Founder's Death
The fall task force meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information took place, as CNI Steering Committee Chair Richard Paul West put it at the opening session, "under very difficult circumstances": Paul Evan Peters, founder and executive director...
Congressional Agenda Includes Copyright and Access to Gvt. Info
Intellectual property and copyright legislation and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act are among the issues that will be addressed in the new session of Congress that began January 7. Lynne Bradley, deputy executive director of ALA's Washington...
Copyright & Cyberspace: A Librarian's View of the WIPO Conference
The complex world of information and technology interests held its collective breath for three weeks in December as representatives from over 150 countries debated and reached agreement on new international treaties for protecting copyright in the digital...
D.C.'S International Dining - from Pan-Asian to "Comfort Food." (Includes Related Article on Web Sites of Washington D.C. Restaurants)
WASHINGTONIANS SCOUT OUT INTIMATE CAFES, PUBS FOR "POWER LUNCHES," AND OTHER SITES FOR CONFEREES Philadelphia has cheese steaks, New York has bagels, Memphis has barbecue, Boston has clam chowder, and Washington has, well, politicians. While D.C. can't...
Discounted Telecom Rates: What Libraries Need to Do Now
In the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the concept of "universal service" for the first time includes libraries and K-12 schools. A precedent-setting amendment originated by Senators Snowe, Rockefeller, Kerrey, and Exon views libraries as vehicles of...
Do Not Wear a Tongue Ring to Your Job Interview
In November I gave you tips on interpreting library job ads. Last month I taught you how to write a resume. If you followed my advice, you have probably already been called for an interview. Don't blow your chances now! One faux pas at the interview...
Flood Rings in Soggy Year at Olympic College Library
The fierce snow and rain storms that bombarded five western states at the end of 1996, killing more than 17 people, somehow spared the region's libraries, with one notable exception: Olympic College Learning Resources Center in Bremerton, Washington....
Generation Xers Create a Campaign for the Libr@ry: Design Students Come Up with a Fresh Image to Promote the Nation's Libraries
Crazy! Fun! Exciting! Those are the answers. The question: What is the image of a library? When the American Library Association enlisted the help of design students at the University of Illinois/Chicago to produce an advertising campaign for the nation's...
Halfway through an Eventful Year
By the time you read this, we'll all be D.C.-bound. The 1997 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Washington will feature a variety of activities in support of my presidential theme, "Kids Can't Wait," including a special reception for representatives of other national...
Internet Public Library: Same Metaphors, New Service
THE INTERNET PUBLIC LIBRARY TESTS THE VALUE OF TRADITIONAL SERVICES ONLINE The Internet Public Library (IPL) celebrates its second birthday March 17. In Internet time it is no longer new, and the tale of its founding has already been told (American...
Launching and Leaving Links
AS SHE LEAVES ALA FOR NEW CHALLENGES, THE FOUNDING EDITOR OF BOOK LINKS DISCUSSES THE TRIUMPHS AND TRAVAILS OF STARTING A MAGAZINE When Barbara Elleman left ALA last summer after 21 years, she left behind an important legacy: Book Links, which Elleman...
Love Your Online Vendor
I know they probably didn't teach you this in library school, but vendor relations are the most important part of collection development; and this is even more true when you are evaluating commercial Internet databases. True, these tools have some distinct...
Shelving Access to USIA Libraries Abroad
It took an imaginative American librarian to come up with one of the most creative ideas for advancing U.S. interests abroad - what a July 1, 1962, New York Times story called an "old-fashioned, small-town American book parade" - in Accra, the capital...
Supervisors Take over S.F. Public Library; Layoffs Coming
In response to a mounting fiscal crisis, the San Francisco Public Library has announced that it will cut its staffing - already swamped by increased demand at its new central facility - by some 10%. The move follows a takeover by the city board of supervisors...
Taking Sides on the Future of the Book
A LIBRARY-SCIENCE EDUCATOR WRESTLES WITH THE BOOKS-VERSUS-BYTES CONTROVERSY As you sit in the comfort of your easy chair, stretch out on your blanket on the beach, or wait for your airplane to depart, you might reasonably decide to kill time by reading...
The Zine Scene: Libraries Preserve the Latest Trend in Publishing
ALTERNATIVE, EPHEMERAL, UNDEFINABLE - ZINES PROVIDE A UNIQUE GLIMPSE OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE In 1992, Mike Gunderloy, the former editor of Factsheet Five, a newsletter that regularly reviews zine publications, issued a press release announcing his intention...

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