American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, March

ALA Finds Sunny San Antonio Muy Simpatico
THE ASSOCIATION TURNS TOWARD THE FUTURE WITH A BORDER-SPANNING MIDWINTER MEETING AND LAUNCHES AN AMBITIOUS ACTION PLAN The temperatures and the salsa were the only things that were hot when ALA held its 2000 Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas,...
All the Basic Issues Come Back to ... Money
On one level, this issue of American Libraries is the Oliver Twist issue for this year. We have four great articles that talk about very basic bread-and-butter issues--and throughout these practical discussions we can hear the authors say, "Please,...
Are Bibliophiles Endangering Rare Books?
UNSIGHTLY LIBRARY MARKINGS AND BURGEONING PRIVATE COLLECTIONS MAY BE ROBBING A NATION OF READERS OF THEIR PRINT HERITAGE You'd think that the safest place for a rare first edition would be in the custody of an avid book lover -- such as the library...
Broward County Library Sued over Cybersmut
Broward County, Florida, officials asked the state's 17th judicial circuit court on January 31 to dismiss a lawsuit under public nuisance laws that would forbid Broward County Library from allowing patrons to view sexually explicit materials online....
Can't Get No Satisfaction: LIBRARY PAY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
DEGREED AND NON-DEGREED LIBRARY WORKERS ARE HELD IN HIGH REGARD--EXCEPT BY MORTGAGE BROKERS A good friend of mine, a public library director out West, has been nosing around for a new job. When I stumbled across a listing for the directorship in...
Chapter Report: Midwinter Chili, Chapters, and Communities
Communities are where you find them. Libraries usually define "community" as their local service area, but the "library community" includes all those who share an interest in library services. Most librarians identify with multiple communities--the...
China Frees Dickinson College Librarian
Song Yongyi, the librarian who was freed January 28 after being held in China for six months on charges of spying, used libraries extensively in the one month of research he completed before he was detained last August. At most libraries, including...
Death Sentence
The speculation can cease. The rumors should stop. The predictions are no longer needed. It's official. Newsweek has spoken. In an article titled "It's Time to Turn the Last Page" (January 1, p. 98), the magazine tells us quite confidently that...
Developer's Tax Break Makes for New Library in Kansas City
Putting a new twist on Libraryland's ongoing public/private partnership trend, the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library will be building a new branch library from the economic-development incentives granted to a local real-estate development firm. Approved...
Do Librarians Treat Books as Second-Class Citizens?
I have been an avid reader and book collector most of my life and before becoming a librarian worked in the book retail business. I also love to travel. So everywhere I go, I check out the local bookstores and libraries. It saddens me to see the treatment...
Editorial
We've Buttered Our Bread. Must We Lie in It? Beginning this month, while editor Leonard Kniffel is on sabbatical (AL, Feb., p. 30) American Libraries begins a series of guest-edited issues in which AL contributing editors present features around...
Educators Look Inward and Outward at ALISE
For its 2000 conference, the Association for Library and Information Science Education conference chose a three-part theme: "Celebrating Our Traditions, Sharing Our Dreams, Shaping New Strategies." Each day of the meeting, held January 11-14, focused...
Hanging out My Shingle: From Librarian to Consultant
I WAS DOWNSIZED, SO I DECIDED TO DO THE THINGS I WAS SKILLED AT IN A COMPLETELY NEW CONTEXT Like Huck Finn, I promise to tell the truth, mainly, so I had better begin by telling you that I am not a freelance librarian, nor an information consultant,...
Here's the Content-Where's the Context?
WHAT VENDORS WON'T TELL YOU ABOUT ONLINE TEXTS Universal Full Text has a deal for your library that's almost too good to be true. You pay them 85% of your current serials budget, based incrementally on the average change in subscription prices....
LC, GPO Present Budget Requests
The Legislation Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing January 27 on the FY2001 budget for the House's administration, including the budget of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress James Billington and Deputy...
Library Lions Leap from Their Lair April 3 on PBS
When have we--the librarians of America--had our own national television show? Never--that is, before now. Or April 3 Between the Lions, a new PBS children's series, will premiere on public television stations nationwide (AL, Oct. 1998, p. 72-73)....
Look Ma, No Wires!
The flashy wireless gizmos touted in the press, such as wireless laptops and Web-enabled cell phones, may have obscured the fact that there are also some unglamorously practical applications for wireless Internet connectivity. Beyond the toys for gearheads,...
Midwinter Exhibits: Taking an Early Look
This year some of the vendors at ALA's Midwinter Meeting couldn't wait for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday morning to hawk their wares. As I groggily made my way from the bed to the bathroom in my hotel early that morning, I noticed that a...
New Filtering Bills Floated
New legislative sessions brought with them redoubled efforts to force filters onto library computers. Four states in particular are test-driving new models for regulating access. * West Virginia legislators and the governor are taking a two-pronged...
New York Gov. Seeks Control of State Library
In his January 11 budget address, New York Gov. George Pataki outlined plans to reorganize the State Education Department (SED), which controls the New York State Library, placing it under direct control of the office of the governor. Gov. Pataki proposed...
Oakland Mayor Blasted for Library Vacancy
Library backers in Oakland, California, are turning up the heat on Mayor Jerry Brown, charging that he isn't moving fast enough to appoint someone to succeed former library director Billie Dancy, who left more than a year ago to head the Pleasanton...
Obituaries
Marjorie Adelle Bradfield, 88, who in 1937 became the first black professional librarian hired by the Detroit Public Library, died November 19. In her early years at DPL, she helped establish one of the library system's first black history collections....
Opinion
Reader Forum An Immodest Proposal Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Ohio) Library reported the arrest of Keith Mustin on two counts of attempted rape in the library (Jan., p. 32). Clearly this represents a failure on our part as professional librarians...
People
Bruce Adams is now associate director of public services for King County (Wash.) Library System's southeast region. * Steve Baughman retired December 31 after 16 years of service for SOLINET, where he most recently served as manager of membership...
Plans Move Forward-Both External and Internal
The ALA Executive Board's three Midwinter Meeting sessions in San Antonio, January 14, 17, and 19, concentrated on the management body's planning role--both within the Association and in connection with a new communications strategy aimed at educating...
SPARC-Alternatives to High-Cost Journals
During the last few years university presidents, provosts, and faculty have come to realize what academic librarians have known for some time: The current model for scholarly communication is no longer sustainable. Between 1986 and 1996, the cost of...
Statement by Claudia B. Sumler, Candidate for ALA President
I want to be president of ALA because I want to share the joy of having a stimulating and satisfying job. I became a librarian 30 years ago because I was told it was a good profession for a woman. I continue to be a librarian because it is a great...
Statement by John W. Berry, Candidate for ALA President
I love stories, all kinds of stories--big stories, small stories, fictional ones, true stories about people, places, and things. They all appeal. As a youngster, I spent many hours in the Indianapolis Public Library--a treasure trove of stories;...
Statement by Liz Bishoff, Candidate for ALA Treasurer
Today's ALA is a strong, vibrant organization. This strength is due to the strength of ALA's divisions, units, round tables, and committees; strong public visibility; growing membership; and leadership in public policy related to libraries. ALA has...
Statement by Peter R. Young, Candidate for ALA Treasurer
The American library community faces unprecedented opportunities at the dawn of a new millennium. As librarians we have the potential to expand information services, to enhance library performance, and to advance the library and information services...
The Association's Associations: ALCTS Marks 100 Years
"ALCTS provides leadership to the national and international library and information communities in the development of principles and practices for the collection, organization, delivery, and preservation of information resources in all formats. ALCTS...
The Candidates Answer Questions on Filtering, Finances, and the Future
The candidates for the 2001-2002 ALA presidency, John W. Berry and Claudia B. Sumler, presented their views and took questions from Association members at a one-hour forum January 17 during ALA's Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. American Libraries...
The World Online: IT Skills for the Practical Professional
TECHNICAL LITERACY IS NO LONGER A SPECIALTY BUT A SURVIVAL SKILL FOR ALL LIBRARIANS I remember, 20 years ago, scrambling to pull down the National Union Catalog volume we needed for copy cataloging--and carefully ensuring that it did not topple...
They're the DJs, We're the Rappers
As I started the second year of my MLIS last fall, I began a practicum at the American Library Association Headquarters. I thought to myself, "Here I am, entering the big time, the heart of the profession, the Mecca of the library world." It seemed...
This Month, 106 Years Ago
PUBLIC LIBRARIES ACROSS the Empire State were contemplating whether to meet Minimum Requirements for a Proper Library Standard that the board of regents of the University of the State of New York had just passed. Like so many other precedents in American...
Two Afterschool Programs ASPIRE to Take the Initiative
A hallmark of a successful organization is how it deals with challenges/ setback/diversity. For example, some people say that Winston Churchill's finest hour was the way in which he rallied the British people during the World War II bombing. In other...
United We Stand; Divided We Stand Longer
Can a governing body in a democratic forum spend long stretches of time spinning its wheels in procedural mud and still forge ahead with timely action? Yes, if ALA Council's three Midwinter Meeting sessions in San Antonio January 17, 18, and 19 are...
Why We Should Establish a National System of Standards
IF AMERICA'S PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE TO WIN SUPPORT, THEY MUST MOVE FORWARD TO BASICS, NOT BACK Back to basics? If public libraries are to win support and flourish, they must move forward to basics, not back. A system of library standards should be...

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