American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, March

ALA Council: Governing Body Adopts Revised Accreditation Standards, Pushes for Accessibility, and Calls for an End to Destruction in Kenya and Iraq
ALA's governing Council sailed through full agendas during sessions January 13, 15, and 16 at the Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Among other actions, the group gave the nod to revised accreditation standards (Council Document #47, #47.1), encouraged...
ALA Executive Board: Holding Pattern Forecast for 2008 Library Legislative Agenda
Everything we hear is that 2008 is going to be a complete holding year," ALA Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff told the Executive Board, summing up the atmosphere in the nation's capital during one the board's three sessions, January...
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INVESTING IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with many gala events centered on the theme "Commemorating the Past, Celebrating the Present, Creating the Future."...
All Seasons & All Reasons: Lifelong Learning Involves the Establishment of a Continuum of Library Use That Moves Our Patrons through a Lifetime of Learning, for Every Age at Every Stage, Connecting Every Type of Library
We've all heard authors or other celebrities at a library event begin their speech with an anecdote about how the library was a formative part of their early years. We listen attentively, applaud politely, and think quietly "Oh sure, they probably...
Camila Alire: Candidate for ALA President
Imagine great libraries! Imagine a great library association! As we approach the second decade of the 21st century, it is more crucial than ever that we use our unified voice within ALA to clearly articulate the value of libraries, librarians, and...
Circle of Service: Crust of the Snow Month or Onaabana-Giizis
Librarianship is remarkable for the range of services we provide to our diverse communities. Service is the keystone of our work. Many LIS programs provide opportunities for graduate students to test, develop, and deliver services directly to patrons....
Downloading the Bard: What Will Spark Teens' Interest in Shakespeare?
Beware the Ides of March. Or, as the staff at Spark-Notes, who produce the No Fear Shakespeare series, rewrite the Soothsayer's warning to Julius Caesar, "Beware of March 15th." It's a less dramatic change than some of the company's other revisions...
Ending the Status Quo: The Future of Information Organization
"She canna take it anymore, Cap'n!" --Chief Engineer Scotty to Captain James T. Kirk Having spent my entire career moving up administratively in technical services, I have often come back to this quotation and wondered why we as a profession continue...
Getting Involved: Don't Wait for Permission
I try to be careful about what I ask for, largely because there's always a chance, however remote, that I might actually get it. During ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, I heard quite a few younger attendees talking about how difficult and expensive...
Girls Raise Cash for Kenya
Danielle Rodriguez and Megan Adams believe Gandhi's words: "We must become the change we want to see in the world." They know that literacy saves lives and gives hope, so they started Literacy Leads to Hope, a fundraising initiative to support the...
Global Reach
SPAIN 1 A small-town Spanish mayor concerned about a high dropout rate in local schools has devised a way to keep kids studying--pay them. Agustin Jimenez Crespo, Socialist mayor of the central agricultural town of Noblejas, is recommending the...
Grassroots Group Grows School Library Support
More than 100 people gathered in the rain at the state capitol steps in Olympia, Washington, February 1 to rally for school libraries despite cold winds and a storm in the eastern half of the state that prevented many from attending. Gov. Christine...
How the World Sees Us
"Think of it as your parents' liquor cabinet." Writer DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR opining on how banning library books only makes them more popular, Now Magazine (Toronto), Nov./Dec. 2007. "After spotting a rare and valuable book in the stacks at the University...
Indianapolis Opens Tangled in Fiscal Woes
A splendid new central library opened in downtown Indianapolis December 9, amid ongoing controversy over who is responsible for $50 million in construction cost overruns and how a frozen operating budget will support a facility that has essentially...
Is Everybody Happy? It's No Fun to Foster Joy in the Workplace
There's a new concept afloat that work should be fun. The theory is that happy workers are productive workers. I suppose that we librarians are very fortunate in that many of us consider our jobs and our profession to be a labor of love. However, there...
J. Linda Williams: Candidate for ALA President
Libraries are our foundation and our future. Our country was founded on the freedom of access to information and our future is secured by that same freedom. All libraries have a role in protecting this freedom. It is essential to speak out strongly...
LIS Educators Meet to Further Community Engagement
More than 400 current and prospective library and information science educators gathered in Philadelphia January 8-11 for the annual conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education. ALISE President Connie Van Fleet of the...
Loose Lips Sink Ships: Preparation and a Calm Demeanor Counter Career Perils
I recently had an unsettling experience: An email I thought I sent to an individual somehow posted to an entire discussion list instead! Fortunately, the only damage was my acute embarrassment. From now on, I will be extra certain that I know where...
Mansell, Part Deux: Librarianship's Newest Tools Inhabit a Different Conceptual Universe
After half a decade of writing this column, I finally touched a nerve: The response to my January/February column (p. 34) on the National Union Catalog Pre-1956 Imprints ("Mansell" to the cognoscenti) generated way more response and e-mail than any...
Microsoft vs. Google in Digital Derby
Microsoft went public in February with an aggressive bidding war, expected to exceed $50 billion in cash and stock, to acquire Yahoo. By mid-month, an initial offer of $44.6 billion had been rejected, and the race with Google for web dominance and...
Minneapolis Public Library Merges with Hennepin County Library
Nearly a year after their boards initially approved the merger, Minneapolis Public Library joined the Hennepin County Library January 2. The merger combines Minnesota's two largest public library systems into a 41-branch operation with more than...
New Jersey Tax Cap Threatens Libraries
The New Jersey Library Association got major support from library users in January with its campaign to send thousands of postcards to legislators opposing any efforts to weaken local library funding. Volunteers, Friends, and trustees made themselves...
Open Everything: Embracing Web 2.0 in the City of Brotherly Love
I was a bit apprehensive when first asked to write about the exhibits at Midwinter for American Libraries this year. Andrew Pace had covered the exhibit hall brilliantly for the past four years, bringing his deep knowledge of library systems and his...
Overvaluing the Virtual: Second Thoughts about Second Life
I'm sure by now that most of you have heard the hum about Second Life--the virtual online community where users create worlds and interact through 3D avatars. I'm proud to say that my campus has been quick to explore the significance of this multiplayer...
Petition Candidates Seek Council Posts
In addition to the candidates for ALA Council published in the December 2007 American Libraries (p. 15-16), 31 individuals have petitioned to be included on the ballot. According to ALA's Governance Office, petition candidates are: * Bernadine Abbott-Hoduski,...
Presidential Candidates Answer Questions at Forum: Midwinter Meeting Session in Philadelphia Prompts Agreement on Basics, Including Diversity, Bilingual Education, and Professional Engagement
Nominees for 2009-10 ALA president Camila Alire and J. Linda Williams shared their views with some 100 observers at a forum January 12 during ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Made by the Nominating Committee, their nominations were approved...
Saving Cash and Carbon
A change in light bulbs is saving New York Public Library a quarter million dollars in energy costs per year while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million pounds. In December 2006, contractor Quality Conservation Services developed a new...
Speakers from NBA to FBI Attract 13,600 to Philadelphia: Attendance Reaches New High as a Basketball Legend, Notable Authors, and a Whistleblower Tackle Issues of Free Speech, Privacy, and Literacy
Award-winning authors and books, a basketball superstar, and an FBI whistleblower were among the top attractions at the January 11-16 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivered a heartfelt address at a program...
Stephen M. Kohn
Attorney Stephen M. Kohn of the Washington, D.C., law firm of Kohn, Kohn, and Colapinto is currently serving as legal counsel for FBI whistleblower Bassem Youssef, who appeared January 12 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia (see p. 54). Youssef,...
Story Quilt: Poems of a Place; A Library's Social History Project Turns a Community's Stories into Homegrown Poetry
Most days, you'll find John Mechanik, 81, outside his family homestead in Galway, a tiny village in upstate New York, tinkering with his tractor, splitting wood, or making cider in his homemade apple press. If you catch him in the right mood, he might...
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