American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 9, October

Books about Us for Kids
Among the most entertaining collections at the Molesworth Institute is one that encompasses 34 children's books, both fiction and nonfiction, that deal in one way or another with libraries and librarians. The bright spot about almost all of these books...
Chapter Report: Recognizing Legislative Support
Do you know who your friends are? Or perhaps more importantly, do your friends know that you know who they are--and that you appreciate them? One way to make sure everybody knows is to provide public recognition in the form of an award or certificate...
Israeli Fiction
Whenever I travel, l like to read fiction set in the place where I'm going. Mysteries are best because they are compact to carry, and a sense of place is usually paramount, but I'm perfectly content reading Josephine Humphries in Charleston or Margaret...
Librarian Hopes Song Index Evens the Score for Musicians
Ellen Luchinsky is constantly singing and humming during her shifts as a reference librarian in Baltimore, often choosing among more than 150,000 entries she's been compiling into a song database and index for the last 13 years. The Enoch Pratt...
Librarians' Salaries: Barely Any Increase This Year
IN CONTRAST WITH LAST YEAR'S ALA SURVEY, SALARY INCREASES FOR LIBRARIANS TOP OUT AT LESS THAN ONE PERCENT. Between April 1995 and April 1996, the average salary for librarians increased less than one percent (.725%)--a much lower percentage than the...
Library-Oriented Web Sites: Ready, Aim, Surf!
If this month's "Internet Librarian" column on library-oriented Web sites listed every such link, it would take up this entire issue of American Libraries and then some! Fortunately, the World Wide Web boasts several key "metasites" for librarianship,...
Most Libraries Escape Hurricane Fran's Wrath
Although Hurricane Fran killed 22 people and caused over $1 billion in damage along the east coast last month, the loss to libraries was scattered and relatively minor. The storm hit the North Carolina coast September 5 and moved inland into Virginia...
Multiculturalism or Gender Equality, You Make the Call
Several months ago I was a speaker at the Utah Library Association and was asked to moderate a discussion on ethics at the reference desk. The session that took place proved to be one of the liveliest library programs I have ever facilitated. An...
Past and Future Collide at IFLA Conference in Beijing
China. A few images come to mind immediately: the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Mao Zedong, acupuncture, fireworks. Beyond the obvious and the stereotypical, however, lies a land unknown, enormous and mysterious, a land whose people and customs are...
Public Library Circulation Rises along with Spending
The 1995 Index of American Public Library Circulation was 109, a 3% increase from the 1994 circulation index of 106, but below the 1993 index of 112. The index of expenditures rose 6% from 124 in 1994 to 131 in 1995. The index of expenditures in...
Reforma's Rite of Passage: Coming of Age in Austin
Look at photographs of Melvil Dewey and his proteges attending early ALA conferences. Straitlaced Victorians--all 32 of them at the 1888 meeting, picnic baskets in hand, off to the Catskills for camaraderie. Now imagine that crowd doing the Macarena...
Stuck between E-Mail and the E-Library
The advent of the fully virtual library--a fabulous metadata on-ramp to multitudes of networks holding all knowledge--has proven to be more remote than once thought. A decade of prototyping at a number of libraries in the U.S. and elsewhere has shown...
The Electronic News Library: An Online Revolution Takes Shape
Last year Peter Copeland, a correspondent with the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Howard News Service, needed help fast. Scripps Howard had broken the story of the arrest of Steven Colbern in Arizona in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing that...
The Global Village Is Here
By the time you read this, I will have returned from IFLA in Beijing. After circumnavigating the globe, I'll be reaching new-found friends by circumnavigating the Internet. How exhilarating! Just this morning, a colleague brought to my attention an...
Weatherproofing a Great, Good Place
The future is like a weather front that some librarians experience before others do. A few are at the edge of the front, some having been inundated by the storms rolling in for several years. But others in our profession are not even watching as the...