American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, January

Books, Bytes, Buildings and Bodies: Public Libraries in the 21st Century
DESPITE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES, THE BASIC TOOLS OF LIBRARIANSHIP REMAIN REMARKABLY THE SAME The 19th-century French author Alphonse Karr observed, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This holds true in public libraries, even considering...
Break a Leg: Broadway Rhythm Gets Florida Going
WHILE TOURING WITH SHOWS, ACTORS ENTERTAIN AND ENLIGHTEN LIBRARY PATRONS IN LIVELY INTERVIEW SESSIONS Broadway touring companies are stopping at libraries in Florida to chat with patrons. In an unusual series of question-and-answer programs, cast...
Chapter Report: The Importance of Airtime
It may not be MTV or Letterman, but television PSAs (public service announcements) are getting library messages on the air in several states. With the recent research from the Benton Foundation (AL, June/July 1998, p. 8286) emphasizing the need to...
Go Ahead, Name Them: America's Best Public Libraries
ARMED WITH STATS AND DATA, A LIBRARYLAND PUNDIT ATTEMPTS THE IMPOSSIBLE TASK OF RANKING THE TOP 20 IN FOUR CATEGORIES Where is the best place to live in America? What is the best college, hospital, graduate school, or place to work? What these questions...
How to Catalog a Human, or, These Things Must Be Done Delicately
The cataloging of a human is an interesting project, perfectly doable using MARC format. First, these details must be obtained: * Full name of person to be cataloged. * Parents or people responsible for creation of person. * Location where...
Insourcing the Web
APPLY LOCAL CATALOGING SAVVY TO THE BOUNTY OF THE INTERNET AND VOILA: THE INFINITELY EXPANDING COLLECTION IS HERE Many libraries are struggling to find the best way to deal with Internet resources. Among the quandaries they must resolve are whether...
Loudoun County Library Loses Filtering Lawsuit
Thanksgiving came early for free-speech advocates in Loudoun County, Virginia, who won a First Amendment lawsuit November 23 that bars Loudoun County (Va.) Library from requiring Internet filters on all computers at all times as a method of restricting...
Metadata Musings
The term "metadata" seems to have achieved superstar status lately. Dozens of conferences and institutes with the word in their titles have been held around the world in the last few years, and the trend shows no sign of slackening. In its broadest...
Mission under Review at Iowa Library School
The School of Library and Information Science is under the microscope at the University of Iowa. SLIS Director Padmini Srinivasan told American Libraries in December that the program is undergoing a "standard review" to "clarify the school's focus,...
New York, Chicago 'Lionize' Library Angels
The week before officially reopening after a year's worth of refurbishment, the Rose Main Reading Room of New York Public Library's Center for the Humanities became the venue for the library's annual Library Lions dinner, which drew several hundred...
No Need for Accreditation, Berkeley Dean Explains
The School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California/Berkeley has decided that it will not - at least for the time being - seek ALA accreditation for its master's program in information science. The previous ALA accreditation...
Organizing the Internet: The 'Core' of the Challenge
LIBRARIANS ARE PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN CATALOGING THE CYBERWORLD WITH OCLC'S DUBLIN CORE At the second International World Wide Web Conference in October 1994, OCLC Senior Research Scientist Stuart Weibel struck up a conversation with some of the...
Philly's Dining Renaissance
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIANS TAKE ALA MIDWINTER-GOERS ON A TOUR OF DISTINCTIVE LOCAL RESTAURANTS Welcome to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, Nowadays, Philadelphians would revise that descriptive phrase to include "Restaurant Capital...
Safe from Prying Eyes: Protecting Library Systems
Last month's column discussed some methods for allocating time at Internet workstations, from sign-up sheets to special software that manages time control to cataloging computers as if they were books. This month we'll focus on tools and techniques...
Suit Challenges Internet Funds to Parochial Schools
Library and education observers are closely watching the progress of a potential challenge to the national e-rate program brewing in Wisconsin, where the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against the state November 4. The lawsuit claims that...
The Card Catalog and Other Digital Controversies
WHAT'S OBSOLETE AND WHAT'S NOT IN THE AGE OF INFORMATION You may have missed the great PACS-L card catalog debate of the late 1980s: "Card catalogs do some things better than online catalogs." "How can you say that, you Luddite?" These...
Three Plans for Shared-Use Libraries in the Works
Partnerships between academic and public libraries to share costs and clientele gained popularity in 1998, though not without some controversy. Three recent proposals for shared-use facilities made some headway in December. * San Jose (Calif.) State...
Your Public Library Has a Web Page: So What?
Why have librarians been such eager adapters of information technology? Some common answers: IT improves library services, makes staff more efficient, provides greater access to resources, is psychologically uplifting, and enhances the image of librarians....

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