American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, February

Accessible Government Information: A Three-Step Proposal
About a year ago (AL, Dec. 1996, p. 33) I ventured some thoughts on the relationship between libraries and the federal government in light of the feds' moves to use the Web as a primary means of information dissemination. At that time my emphasis was...
A Hole in the Top: The AMA Endorsement Debacle
THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S DISASTROUS PRODUCT ENDORSEMENT DEAL WITH SUNBEAM IS A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR LIBRARIANS "What's that building with the hole in the top?" is a frequent question from visitors to Chicago. "You must mean the AMA," I answer...
A Tax by Any Other Name
For library officials trapped in a world of tax-limitation measures and shrinking millages, it may seem self-defeating to eye other state-level revenue generators as viable alternative funding sources. But for a handful of libraries across the country,...
Board Probes Low Circulation "Turnover." (at Frank L. Weyenberg Library)
The trustees of the Frank L. Weyenberg Library of Mequon-Thiensville, Wisconsin, are worried about what board President Samuel Greeley calls low "turnover" among the library's circulating items - so much so that they plan to overhaul selection policies...
Book 'Em! Cops and Librarians Working Together
A UNIQUE CHICAGO TEAM IS BULLISH ON PROGRAMS FOR KIDS A group of small children sits enraptured in the Chicago Public Library as McGruff the Crime Dog and literary villain Viola Swamp debate the merits of reading and being a street-smart kid. This...
Howard University Library: African-American Mecca
IN THE SPIRIT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, THE FOUNDERS LIBRARY PRESERVES THE PAST AS IT REACHES TOWARD THE FUTURE This past October 17 marked a historic occasion for Howard University in Washington, D.C. It was the 60th anniversary of the Founders...
How to Plan a Movable Feast of Poetry
SEATTLE LIBRARIANS SHARE THEIR METHODS FOR PARTNERING WITH THE LITERARY COMMUNITY FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH Is National Poetry Month "the worst thing to have happened to poetry since the advent of the camera and the internal combustion engine"? Richard...
International Partnerships: Books and Librarians
Last year for the first time, ALA engaged in two international partnerships to organize delegations to book fairs. In August a small group participated in the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, which is held annually in Harare (AL, Oct. 1997, p. 30)....
Internet Librarian
A Giant LEEP Forward I recently led a library-school class in youth and children's services - LIS 406, to be precise - in a discussion about Internet filters, by invitation of Professor Christine Jenkins of the Graduate School of Library and Information...
New Executive Director Sees Role Redefinition as Top Priority
On March 1, Bill Gordon becomes executive director of ALA (AL, Jan., p. 7). As he prepared to make the move from Prince George's County (Md.) Memorial Library System, where he has been director since 1977, Gordon spoke to American Libraries Editor Leonard...
Our Best Partnership Is with the People We Serve
"If people work hard and buy a Cadillac, nobody asks why. But if they give it to philanthropy nobody understands." These are the recent words of Thomas Cannon, a Virginia postal worker with an average annual income of less than $30,000 who has given...
Study Clears Library of Discrimination Charges
A study of the recruitment and promotion practices of the LeRoy Collins Leon County (Fla.) Public Library has failed to substantiate charges that the library engaged in racial discrimination. Compiled by the county and released December 12 at a county...
The Color of Money
THE DIRECTOR OF THE FUND FOR AMERICA'S LIBRARIES SEES THE FUTURE OF FUNDRAISING IN SHADES OF ROSE Last May, Walter Hansen was named executive director of the Fund for America's Libraries. For 10 years before coming to ALA he was the director of "Big...
The Most Important People in the Library Profession
When I reflect back on all the people I have met in the public-library arena, the most valuable individuals I have worked with were not reference librarians or catalogers or children's librarians or even administrators. No, it has always been my experience...
What Price Partnerships?
PUBLIC LIBRARIANS LINDA MIELKE AND SANFORD BERMAN DRAW THEIR BOTTOM LINES OVER PRIVATE-SECTOR FUNDRAISING Whether one applauds or abhors the recent upswing in partnerships between business and libraries, the undeniable truth is that Libraryland's fiscal...

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