American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 16, December

ALA Joins Suit against Librarian of Congress
The American Council of the Blind, the Blinded Veterans Association, three individual plaintiffs, Playboy Enterprises, Inc., and the American Library Association have agreed to file a joint complaint against Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin for...
Are We There Yet? Evaluating Library Collections, Reference Services, Programs, and Personnel
Lesson Three Reference services evaluation How to participate Anyone can take this five-lesson continuing education course simply by reading the materials presented and cited here. However, to earn a Certificate of Completion from the...
Library to Microfilm Medieval Treasures in Durnham, England
The Hill Monastic Manuscript Library began microfilming one of England's largest and most valuable medieval manuscript collections in June, Library Director Julian Plante recently told AL. The collection, at Durham Cathedral Dean and Chapter Library...
Mark and Huck
WHEN HUCK FINN CHOSE TO LIGHT out for the Territory rather than allowing Aunt Sally to "sivilize" him, American literature experienced a watershed moment. In the 100 years since Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, notions of...
Preservation Comes of Age; an Action Agenda for the '80S and Beyond
THERE ARE FEW THINGS A librarian can predict with certainty in these mercurial times. One of them is that each year will bring a spate of employment opportunities for preservation administrators, conservators, and support staff; and that many (if...
Preservation on a Shoestring; Low- and No-Budget Options to Get a Preservation Program off the Ground
ADMINISTERING LIBRARIES continues to be a juggling act, requiring a wizard to manipulate funds and squeeze the most value out of every penny. Although preservation of library collections should have a line position on the library budget sheet, in...
The Newberry's Preservation "Conscience." (Bonnie Jo Cullison, Newberry Library)
AFTER THANKSGIVING DINNER, in 1966, the television set in a living room in Dundee, Ore., showed the catastrophic destruction left behind in Florence, Italy as the flooding waters of the Arno River receded. Bonnie Jo Cullison, an undergraduate at the...
U.S. Supreme Court Decision Boosts ALA-MLS Requirement
On Oct. 7, the Supreme Court of the United States denied Glenda Merwine's petition for a writ of certiorari. In effect, the action supports the appeals court decision that the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library Science degree...
What Old Books Are Worth; When Price, Not Preservation, Is Paramount, It's Best to Set 'Em Straight
I SEE THEM COME INTO THE Rare Books and Special Collections office almost every day. Sometimes they carry a box; most often they do not. Frequently they just call on the telephone, their voices keen in hopeful anticipation. The initial conversation...
WILSEARCH; for the Patron, the Age of the One-Buck Online Search May Be Here
WILSEARCH is H. W. Wilson's front-end software package, with special pricing structure, designed to promote low-cost patron access to WILSONLINE. For a maximum annual licensing fee of $150, the library receives the WILSEARCH diskette and backup, documentation,...
WILSONLINE; a Look at H.W. Wilson's Offerings for Online Access to Its Indexes a Year after WILSONLINE's Debut
WHEN IBM ENTERED the personal computer market relatively late, the company was compared to the elephant in the joke, "Where do elephants step?" "Anywhere they choose!" To some extent, the image applies to the H.W. Wilson Company, having entered...
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