American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 5, May

A Garden of Earthly Delights
Internet resources for children's and young adult library services are just now coming into their own. This is not surprising: Though over one-third of all public library patrons are under 18, youth services in libraries are accorded the least amount...
Beijing Determined to Censor outside Voices - on and off the 'Net
The government of China has issued new regulations aimed at controlling internet communication. Announced earlier this year, they require, among other things, that Internet and electronic mail users register with the police. China's Ministry of Posts...
California Schools Take Giant Step toward 21st Century
The climbing of ladders, removing of ceiling tiles, and laying down of cable occurred at a frenzied pace as friends and strangers joined forces to prepare California schools to jump onto the Internet. The event took place on NetDay96, Saturday, Mar....
Cataloging Is a Prime Number; Have We Lost Our Standards in Our Rush to Share Records?
In embarking on any organized course of study, students must be able to trust that their mentors will set them on a beneficial course. As a society, for instance, we would surely be abdicating our responsibility to the next generation if we gave schoolchildren...
EBSCO Lures Librarians
When Elton B. Stevens first started selling magazines door to door in the 1930s, most of the developers of the internet had not even been born. But today, the company that he built--EBSCO Industries--has begun to use the Internet as a major link to its...
Gates Gives Chicago PL Million-Dollar Connection
Continuing a string of mission-oriented giving to educational institutions nationwide, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates has donated some $1-million worth of software, technical support, and funds to the Chicago Public Library System. Resembling...
In Memory of Millions: The Holocaust Museum Library
Since its dedication Apr. 22, 1993, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has been a cultural magnet, attracting more than five million visitors from all over the world. People come to see the moving exhibits, which tell the...
Library Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
They're famous. They're prosperous. And many of them have personal stories about how the library has changed their lives. For National Library Week 1996, Apr. 14-20, the ALA Public Information Office went on a mission to find authors, politicians, and...
Nothin' but the Blues
You can hear it played in 4, 8, 12, or 16 bars; sung a cappella in the fields; strummed on one-string "didly bows"; slid down the neck of steel-bodied National guitars; hammered out on barrelhouse pianos; or swung by uptown big bands. It can take the...
Our Image, as Images Go
You probably read the same Associated Press article that I did. America's lawyers, feeling unloved and underappreciated, have hired an image enhancer. That's right, the American Bar Association has retained a $170,000-a-year public relations expert to...
Outstanding References Sources: The 1996 Selection of Recent Titles
In 1956 Publishers Weekly listed 11,900 books published the United States, 9,690 new titles and 2,211 reprints. At a recent ALA preconference reference workshop, participants were told annual reference publications alone are estimated at 15,000, not...
PLA Prospers in Portland
To the many roles played by public librarians--repository of arcane knowledge, technocrat, political player--add that of contortionist. They're now expected to pull off the tricky maneuver of striding toward the bright" technologically enhanced future...
Reflections on the 'Sipapu' Years
Sipapu, the newsletter for librarians and the underground press that I founded in January 1970, closed its files at the end of 1995. I mailed the last issue (vol. 26, no. 2, consecutive issue no. 52) to my 330 subscribers in January 1996. In that issue,...
TOC about Enhancements
Even the lowly mouse pad is undergoing a technology improvement. 3M has just come out with a 1-millimeter-thick mouse pad with a special surface that provides significantly more cursor control when applying very small mouse movements. 3M calls it a Precise...
To Roll into a Library
Libraries play an important role in the lives of persons with disabilities (PWDs). Most of us love books but we simply do not have much discretionary income to buy them. The fifth anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act will...
TV "Newsware" Is the Neglected Network
On the morning of Jan. 18, 1986, I arrived at the university library where I was then working and found the lobby jammed with students. They stood motionlessly watching cable news on the television monitor that had been installed there a few weeks earlier...
U.S. Periodical Price Index for 1996
Publication of the 1996 U.S. Periodical Price Index represents the 36th annual study of th type sponsored by the Library Material Price Index Committee (LMPIC) of ALA's Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). For the 12th consecutive...
U.S. Serial Services Price Index for 1996
This is the 33rd annual survey of U.S. Serial Services, a product of the ALA/ALCTS Library Materials. Price Index Committee, working in conjunction with the Faxon Company. The selection of titles surveyed and determination of prices were in accordance...
With Patrons like the Unabomber, What's a Librarian to Do?
Theodore J, Kaczynski, suspect in the infamous Unabomber case, allegedly gave up teaching for a career in terrorism. If he is the Unabomber, what could have caused an apparently intelligent, educated man to spend 18 years creating 16 package bombs that...

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