American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 7, July-August

ALA's 112th Annual Conference: Upbeat and Hopeful in New Orleans
It wasn't the biggest Annual Conference ever. Some attendees might argue that it wasn't even the hottest. But ALA's 112th Annual Conference, held in New Orleans June 24-July 1, may have been the most upbeat and hopeful annual in a decade. Longtime...
Dr. Litlove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Library Literature
If you'd told me back in library school that one day I would feel compelled to establish my credentials as a cynic in regard to the literature of librarianship, I'd have said something snide: "The human element seems to have failed us here," as George...
GSLIS "Disestablished" at UCLA; Task Force Acts to Save MLS, Ph.D
Already reeling from gutted budgets and the ongoing threat to library education at UC/Berkeley (AL, Apr., p. 286), California librarians were further staggered by the surprise announcement that UCLA's Graduate School of Library and Information Science...
Literary Science
When we think of science and fiction we usually think of SF, a genre that emphasizes futuristic fantasy and technology. But science can play a subtler role in novels and stories. Disciplines such as physics or chemistry are rich in potential metaphors,...
Sexual Harassment by Patrons
Just one year ago, my "Librarians and Sex" survey for Wilson Library Bulletin (June 1992, p. 66) caused Leo Weins, president of H.W. Wilson Co., to order that I be terminated and that all unsold copies of the magazine be destroyed. While no one...
The Complexities of Serials Costs Resist a Supply-Side Solution
In "Meeting the Serials Cost Problem: A Supply-Side Proposar" (AL, Mar.,p.272-273) Bert Boyce offers some interesting but largely unconvincing arguments and ideas for changing the way the academic community handles scholarly communications. Can...
The First Virtual Reality
Paeans to books and reading have long been central to the literature of librarianship. Ironically, as information superhighways inexorably connect cyberspace, there has been a renascence of interest among librarians in books and reading, a growing...
The Power of Preservation: The Schlesinger Library at Fifty
Together, the words of an eighteenth-century medieval historian and of two of the twentieth century's leading women scholars give context to the Schlesinger Library's purpose: to document the lives and achievements of women. The library was founded...

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