American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 7, August

ALA Council: Toronto Turnout Prompts Belt-Tightening; Iraq, Cuba Addressed
At the beginning of the first session of ALA Council--which met in Toronto June 22, 24, and 25--councilor Bernard Margolis rose to extend thanks to ALA leadership "for the exercise of significant good judgment for deciding to proceed with this conference."...
ALA Executive Board: A Divided Board Revisits Socially Responsible Investing
The issue of socially responsible investing (SRI) came up again like a bad penny--or a morally righteous one--when the ALA Executive Board met during the Association's Annual Conference June 20, 23, and 25 in Toronto, with President Maurice Freedman...
Ashcroft: Feds Don't Monitor "Ordinary" Patrons
"The Patriot Act simply does not allow federal law enforcement free or unfettered access to local libraries, bookstores, or other businesses," U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft asserted June 19 during a one-day "Journalism and Homeland Security"...
Brey-Casiano Presidency to Center on Advocacy
"We probably do not make enough of an effort to stand up and speak out regarding those issues that are important to us as librarians," said Carol Brey-Casiano, the Association's new vice-president/president-elect, who takes on her presidential duties...
Delegates Define Sustainable Solutions for Support-Staff Issues: Congress on Professional Education
Library workers, administrators, educators, and association leaders gathered at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, to give voice to support-staff concerns at the American Library Association's third Congress on Professional Education May...
Family Trees on the Web: Librarians Can Help Genealogical Researchers, Navigate the Best Online Resources
The Internet can be a major asset for reference librarians who work with genealogy researchers seeking information beyond a library's own holdings. Yet using genealogical websites for reference requires critical scrutiny of their actual content and...
History Is Its Own Reward Back Home in Indiana: Attending to the Needs of Local-History Buffs Has Paid off in America's Heartland
The community has been in a centuries-long love affair with the library," says Curt Witcher, genealogy department manager for the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library, of the relationship between Fort Wayne residents and ACPL. The commitment to local...
Internet Librarian: Is Bob a Librarian?
I was driving over to west Seattle last night to play bridge when an idle question crossed my mind. We were playing at my friend Bob's house; Bob was one of the best of a very strong group of students I worked with several years ago at the University...
LAMA Unveils New Logo
The Library Administration and Management Association unwrapped a new logo at the joint ALA/CLA Annual Conference in Toronto, that symbolizes the association's nurturing aspect and embodies the mission of its seven sections. LAMA is visualized as the...
Let's Begin the Discussion: What Now? Now That CIPA's the Law, Librarians Must Tell ALA Where to Draw the Next Line
The Supreme Court decision upholding the Children's Internet Protection Act was sad, but predictable. In terms of legal approaches and what appears to be occasional guidance from our own Association, we have ventured into very strange territory that...
Libraries to Revisit Their Bottom Lines
In the days following the June 23 Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act, public librarians across the country began reexamining their acceptable-use policies and professional ethics against...
Library Champions: American Library Association Would like to Thanks Its 2002-2003 Library Champions
Don LESLIE, industry & Government Business Manager 3M LIBRARY SYSTEMS For over 30 years, 3M has been partnering with libraries to help them successfully meet the changing needs of their customers. In addition to providing innovative security,...
Library Ties Trigger Lawsuits
Planned Parenthood of Central Texas (PPCT) settled a First Amendment lawsuit in late June by covering $5,000 in court costs incurred by the three antiabortion activists who had filed suit against the group in April. The litigation emanated from the...
Obituaries
Mildred Bruder Buchanan, 98, who served for 45 years at the Chicago Public Library, working her way up from researcher to public relations director, died April 11 of an aneurysm. A pioneer in the library's public-relations office, she was honored in...
On My Mind: But It's a Library
Today I once again left my local library early because of the high noise level. I go to the library seven days a week, making sure to arrive early each morning to avoid crowds and the afternoon rush of children arriving from school. Today, as I...
President's Message: Equity of Access-The Time Is Now
Thank you colleagues, friends, and library supporters for the opportunity to work with you this year as the 2003-2004 ALA president. I have identified equity of access as the topical focus for my term and ask you to join me in addressing this important...
Reader Revolt against Patriot Act Gains Steam
Four students from the University of California at Santa Cruz staged an anti-Patriot Act protest outside the city's public library May 31 to raise awareness of government surveillance. Protester Carolyn Riggs explained that she and three other students...
Recession, 2003: More Cutbacks and Closures
The fiscal year ended June 30 for most states, and all of them except Vermont have laws that require a balanced budget, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many states were scrambling up to the last minute (and in California's...
Stories of War: The Veterans History Project Is Preserving History, Honoring Our Past, and Calling on Libraries to Help
Rhona Marie "Ronnie" Knox Prescott of Staten Island, New York, served in the Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam from 1961 to 1975. In triage, it was her job to prioritize the wounded. "Let that one go; put that one on the table; this one can wait ...," she...
Super Diaper Baby Squelches Grandma
Super Diaper Baby has won a victory over the grandmother of a 2nd-grader who wanted the character's exploits banned from the libraries and classrooms of the Riverside (Calif.) Unified School District. A materials-review committee voted 5-2 June...
Supreme Court Upholds CIPA
In the wake of the Supreme Court's June 23 decision upholding the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act, the nation's librarians are revisiting their Internet policies, as well as their budgets, to determine whether they should...
Survey Says: Reading Is on Your Mind
Recipients of American Libraries spend an average of 53 minutes reading or looking through a typical issue of the magazine. Fifty percent of readers say they read or scan at least half the contents. Compared to how long it would take to read the magazine...
Surviving Annual, Returning Safely: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Scared off Thousands, but It Couldn't Dampen the Spirits of the 17,500 Who Came to Toronto and Lived to Tell about It
You've been licking those hospital doorknobs again," joked Margaret Atwood, when emcee Jo Ann Pinder apologized for alarming everyone with a brief coughing fit at the mike during a question-and-answer session with the popular Canadian author. Atwood's...
Technically Speaking: Exhibitors Uniting in Their Desire to Provide Federated Searching
The hot new phrase at this year's ALA Annual Conference exhibits was "federated searching." The use of the phrase came out of the Open Archives Initiative's Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Using the protocol, a single server "harvests"...
The CIPA Ruling as Reality Therapy: The Supreme Court Has Done Librarianship a Big Favor
Challenging the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act has been enormously costly to the American Library Association in terms of the time, energy, and money this effort required. It has been costlier still in terms of public goodwill,...
The Crawford Files: Time for a Privacy Audit
My June/July column included this throwaway paragraph: "How's your 2003 privacy audit going? Can you assure readers that their circulation histories are private? You haven't done a privacy audit? You should." Silly me. I assumed that systems vendors...
Thus Said: How the World Sees Us
"In college, the library was the best place for nerdy freshmen to meet girls.... The library tactic doesn't work after college??? Maybe that's what I was doing wrong all these years." West Virginia Gov. BOB WISE from two of the reported 549 e-mail...
Tombs among the Tomes: A Boost for Your Library's Genealogical Holdings Is as Close as Your Local Cemetery
Imagine stumbling upon a collection of records concerning the residents of your community since its settlement. Brief biographical sketches accompany names that are well-known to locals as well as ones unuttered for years. Consider how valuable this...
Will's World: Interviews in a Phone Culture
I'm always skeptical when people recommend that I do something that has worked for them. I've spent a lifetime attending professional conferences and listening to librarians share with their colleagues about how well they run their libraries. These...
Working Knowledge: Today's Times: Surviving Job Loss
Q I am a paraprofessional in a public library, and I was just notified that, due to cuts in local funding, my position has been eliminated. I have held the same position for several years, and even though the staff was warned that layoffs were a possibility,...

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