American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 11, December

ALA Executive Board: Board Calls for Dues Increase to Fund Strategic Plan
ALA's Ahead to 2010 strategic plan, and the dues increase needed to implement it, dominated the agenda at the fall meeting of the Association's Executive Board, held October 28-30 at ALA Headquarters in Chicago. Approved by ALA Council at the 2005...
Amazon, Random House, Microsoft Announce Online-Books Initatives
The same day that Google revealed the availability of the first 10,000 public domain books in its Google Print Library project (see previous story), Amazon.com announced two new programs allowing customers to purchase online versions of books. Amazon...
American Library Association Annual Conference and Exposition
MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA JUNE 22-29, 2006 ALA is planning another exciting Annual Conference. Register early for low rates and great speakers, programs and events! Housing for the Annual Conference will open on...
Appeals Court Hears Connecticut Patriot Act Case
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan heard arguments November 2 in a case involving a Connecticut library consortium and the USA Patriot Act (AL, Nov., p. 13). While the judges did not issue a ruling...
Christian Fiction Labels: Help or Hindrance? A Public Library Trustee and Director Weigh the Worth of Making Genre Judgment Calls
On March 15, Peter Ralph, recently appointed trustee with the Grand County (Colo.) Library District, phoned James LaRue, director of the Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries, with a question: How common was it to use spine labels identifying some books...
Crowe, Roy Seek 2007-2008 ALA Presidency
William Crowe, head of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and Loriene Roy, professor, School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, are nominees for the 2007-2008 ALA presidency. The Executive...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Marcia Adams has been promoted to assistant director, technical services, for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries in Washington, D.C. * Nancy Alcorn retired as assistant head librarian at Newburyport (Mass.) Public Library September 10, after 20...
Datebook: Opportunities for Continuous Learning
CHAPTER CONFERENCES Feb. 23-26, 2006: Alaska Library Association Annual Conference, Anchorage Hilton. "Learning through Libraries." Contact: 907-786-1977; afafg@uaa.alaska.edu; www.akla.org. CONFERENCES Jan. 6-9, 2006: Fourth Annual Hawaii...
?De Donde Eres? an Innovative Initiative Documents Colorado's Hispanic History
It all began with a trip to the Pikes Peak Library District's archives two years ago by the library's newly hired executive director, Jose Aponte. Winner of Reforma's 2004 Trejo Librarian of the Year award for his service to the Latino community, Aponte...
Defendant Denied Access to Prison Library
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled October 31 that having pretrial access to a law library is not intrinsic to defendants' Sixth Amendment right to represent themselves. The decision reverses a ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that...
Earthquake Crevasse in Kashmir Swallows Public Library
The only public library in the area of Kashmir administered by Pakistan was completely destroyed in the magnitude-7.6 earthquake that devastated the mountainous region October 8, causing an estimated 90,000 deaths in the area and leaving some 3 million...
E-Mail Insult Jeopardizes Philly Administrator's Job
An errant e-mail message has landed the associate director of the Free Library of Philadelphia in hot water. It began September 29, when Suzin Rigsby, manager of the library's Wyoming branch, e-mailed FLP President Elliot Shelkrot to suggest that city...
Global Reach
NORTHERN IRELAND The UK Department of Culture Arts and Leisure is conducting a three-month public survey to see whether Irish public libraries should be open longer, have weekend hours, or offer cafes and health services. Culture Minister David...
Google Makes Its First Public Domain Books Available Online
Google put the full text of over 10,000 public domain books online in early November--the first large collection offered in its effort to digitize books from libraries and provide access to their contents through its search engine. The works, available...
Grassroots Report: Retired, but Still Circulating-Part II
The story of retired Michigan librarian Edna Claire Schooley (AL, June/July, p. 85) encouraged a number of other former librarians to reminisce with us about their enthusiasms and activities following life in libraries. As 2005 comes to a close, we...
Groups Object to New Sex-Film Reporting Rules
In an October 28 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a wide range of 24 organizations urged lawmakers to reject legislation that would bring some mainstream film and television productions under the same reporting requirements as pornographic...
Internet Librarian: All in the Family
My mother was a genie. Mercifully, not the bare-midriff, Barbara Eden variety; I mean that she was a genealogist, as well as an amateur local historian (and stamp collector, dollmaker, quilter, freelance pagoda designer, etc.). Had I ever been able...
Librarian Salaries: Revised Survey Yields Broader Results; New Data-Gathering Techniques Paint Detailed Regional, State Pictures
The ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 2005 represents a break in the methodology used for the 1982-2004 surveys. For a number of years ALA members and researchers have asked for state-level salary data instead of--or in addition to--regional data. The...
Libraries Escape Hurricane Wilma
Hurricane Wilma made landfall October 24 north of Everglades City as a Category 3 storm and left some 3.2 million homes in south Florida without power for days. The majority of libraries in the affected areas weathered the storm well, except for temporary...
Library Lust (with Apologies to Nancy Pearl): Finding Real Passion Amongst the Stacks
Quick! Go look in the G-H section," said the student assistant breathlessly. "They're doing it." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Who is doing what?" I asked. "You know," he answered. "That couple that came in earlier. They're right over there by the...
Listening as an Act of Love: StoryCorps Oral History Project; Public Radio Producer Dave Isay Wants to Spark a Communication Revolution Using the Wisdom of Age and the Stories Friends and Relatives Tell One Another
Listening is an act of love," says Dave Isay. "It tells people that they matter and that their time on earth meant something, their names won't be forgotten. I think that's all that any of us really wants to know." StoryCorps is about listening to...
On My Mind; Video Libraries: More Than a Lure
A recent chat I had with three librarians centered on whether public libraries prominently display videos to "lure" users and distract them from the pursuit of books. My immediate disagreement with this view stemmed from the two and a half years I...
Quick Bibs: Waiting Patiently
For the last 20 years or so, Quick Bibs has been devoted to whatever I've been reading, but this time I'm going to talk about what I haven't been reading. I seem to spend a lot of time scanning my bookshelves, not really looking for something to read...
Saving the Stories: Alaska Libraries Rescue Two Native Oral History Resources
The most important thing I've done in more than 30 years in the profession began at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library reference desk one day when a colleague held up a battered-looking cassette tape and asked, "Can't we do something about...
Straight Answers from Richard H. Carmona
Surgeon general of the United States since 2002, Richard H. Carmona has made a strong connection between good health care, the internet, and librarians' "very important role in being able to help people--especially the untrained consumer who needs...
Technically Speaking: Does Choice Matter?
Someone once called me a communist. Not in the way that you might think, nor at the time when the moniker was thrown about with the same venom that "liberal" or "right-winger" are today. I was bemoaning the fact that every web product for which I was...
The 25th Charleston Conference: Books and Serials Face an Uncertain but Exciting Future
The Charleston Conference--a stimulating forum for acquisitions librarians, book and periodical publishers, and system vendors that started out in 1980 as an informal gathering in Charleston, South Carolina--celebrated its quarter-century November...
The Haunting Sound of a Voice
I didn't have shoes, like you have now, you know," asserts a strange voice on a scratchy recording from another time, her speech slightly slurred, oddly accented, and difficult to understand. The woman is Sally Ashton of Albemarle County, Virginia,...
The Year in Review: The Top 10 Library Stories of 2005
Who could have imagined several years ago, when the American Library Association booked New Orleans as the site of its 2006 Annual Conference, that the Big Easy would be at the center of what some have called the biggest humanitarian crisis in the...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
In a TV commercial for shipping company DHL, a librarian shushes a deliveryman when his squeaky cart and noisy shoes disrupt the silent library. He responds by ditching the cart and removing his shoes, earning a smile from the otherwise stern librarian....
Time to Pay for Excellence
These last few years have been the best of times and the worst of times for ALA: our most successful Annual Conference ever in Chicago in June 2005 (AL, Aug., p. 53-77); our largely successful work with others to educate public opinion on the iniquities...
Will's World: Seeking Myself in an OPAC near You
Authorship for me has held little glamour and even less wealth. It is true that I am the author of nine books. They are all in the area of library science. The most famous of my books, Snowballs in the Bookdrop, got mediocre reviews, was never...
Working Knowledge: Watching Workers' Web Use
Q I am the supervisor of a reference department and am extremely frustrated by staff members who use their computers for personal use--and one in particular who participates in online discussion groups and plays computer games. Staff have been warned...
W.Va. Drafts First-Ever Media Center Standards
School-library boosters in West Virginia achieved a milestone October 13, when the state department of education issued a draft of what will become the first-ever "Library Media Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools." Public comments were...
YALSA Serves a Growing Group
If you work in a public, school, or academic library, chances are you will find teens. In public libraries alone, one in four patrons is a teenager, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the teen population will grow to more than 42 million by 2008....

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