American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, March

10 Technology Ideas Your Library Can Implement Next Week: Even Non-Techies Can Offer Cutting-Edge Services Right Away
New social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, enable librarians to converse, communicate, and collaborate with patrons as never before, because they are increasingly a part of people's everyday lives. A brochure that describes your library...
Alan Kornblau: Candidate for ALA Treasurer
It is time for a change. Every three years, the American Library Association seeks candidates for the treasurer position from its membership. This is an election year and I am honored to be on the ballot. Your vote is important to me and ALA. There...
American Libraries Offers New Ways to Stay Informed
American Libraries, ALA's flagship magazine, is offering a new way of keeping on top of library-related news, views, and perspectives via its revamped website (www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org). The site offers many new benefits, including expanded...
Apple's iPad Introduced, Greeted with Excitement, Derision
Apple's January 27 announcement of the iPad tablet computer drew ample attention from the technology world. As Martin Peers wrote in the Wall Street Journal December 30: "Last time there was this much excitement about a tablet, it had some commandments...
Cataloging Horizons; Navigating the Bibliographic Space with Linked Data
Library catalogs have evolved over time as technology has changed. The last 150 years have seen a progression from book catalogs to cards and eventually to online catalogs. Each of these changes has provided new capabilities that can be adopted for...
Celebrating Women's History Month @ Your Library: Telling the Story of Women's Work Is Never Done
Writing Women Back into History" is the theme for National Women's History Month, March 2010, the annual celebration of women in the United States. For years women's contributions were routinely underestimated or ignored even in the history of our...
Coaching in the Library A Professional Coach Can Help Leaders and Staff Up Their Game in Dealing with an Ever-Changing Environment and Shrinking Resources
The greatest challenge to library organizations is to continuously adapt in an ever-changing, ever-more-complex environment. Library leaders need to direct the continuous redevelopment of libraries. The ability to tackle this and other institutional...
Cornell Seeks Sustainable Support for Science, Math Research Archive
Cornell University Library has introduced a voluntary, collaborative business model to support arXiv, its free online repository of nearly 600,000 research articles in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and related disciplines. ...
Council Actions
Most of our libraries aren't in real good shape right now, and certainly we're not anticipating that it's going to change in the next year or two years," ALA Treasurer Rodney Hersberger told the Association's governing Council during the Mid - winter...
Currents
* District Director Dan Armstrong retired February 28 from Cook (III) Memorial Library. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * On December 31 Joanne Baier retired as Pierce County,...
Front-Line Advocacy: Everyone Can Be an Advocate for Libraries
Advocacy on the Front-lines: How to Make a Difference from Where You Sit" was the title of an ALA Midwinter program in Boston that supported one of my presidential initiatives--front-line library advocacy. The program focused on this unique initiative...
Global Outreach Underway to Aid Haiti Libraries and Archives
Library organizations around the globe are working to respond to library needs in Haiti following the devastating 7.0 earthquake January 12 that all but toppled the country's capital city of Port-au-Prince and other population centers. During the...
Global Reach
CANADA (1) To welcome visitors to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver February 12-28, the suburban Richmond (B.C.) Public Library rebranded itself as an International Living Room where sports fans could catch up on world events through electronic newspapers,...
How the World Sees Us
"Some time after that first miserable try, I did what I should have done to begin with. I went to the library and pulled out a few articles...." Physician and journalist ATUL GAWANDE, in the opening of his recent book The Checklist Manifesto: How...
I Blog, Therefore I Matter: If You Want Your Writing to Count, Get Thee to a Website
I find it fascinating that so many people try to put a sad face on retirement. Just think of the common terms we use for retirement: "over the hill," "being sent to the glue factory," "hanging up the spikes," "riding into the sunset," "being put on...
IMAX Offers Library Patrons Seats to Hubble 3D Movie
Avid library patrons will be able to journey through distant galaxies and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult tasks in history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), thanks to a new partnership...
Industry Experts Gather to Talk Trends, Solutions: The Newbery and Caldecott and Other Youth Media Awards, AI Gore on the Environment, Job Seekers All Share the Stage at Midwinter Boston
There was perhaps no better way for tech-savvy librarians to kick off the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in Boston than to hear the top stakeholders from the biggest library tech vendors talk about their products and services in the...
Is Technology Catching Up?
Even non-techies can offer cutting-edge services right away, says Ellyssa Kroski in her cover story for this month's issue of American Libraries (p. 30). Social media such as Facebook and Twitter make it easier for all of us to communicate and collaborate,...
James Neal; Candidate for Ala Treasurer
I am standing for election as treasurer of the American Library Association, and ask for your support. I will bring my experience and expertise to this assignment during a period of remarkable opportunity but also fiscal challenge for ALA. As treasurer,...
Key Issues in Tough Times: Executive Board Tackles Business during Midwinter Meeting
The Executive Board's three sessions during the Midwinter Meeting in Boston focused on issues ranging from helping libraries--and librarians--survive the economic crisis to improving the conference experience, including the conference event planner....
Kirkus Reviews Not Dead Yet; Bought
In a move that surprised those who had already mourned the passing of Kirkus Reviews, the venerable source of prepublication reviews of new books has been bought by Herb Simon, owner of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. ...
Molly Raphael: Candidate for ALA President
Visit mollyraphael.org "Libraries: Essential for Learning, Essential for Life" Libraries are so essential to our learning and our lives that we cannot imagine a democratic society without them. My focus as your president will be to build on ALA's...
Newsmaker
Nobel Prize- and Oscar-winner and, in his own words, the man who "used to be the next president of the United States" Al Gore delivered the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture January 16 at ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Boston. His message: The environmental...
Partnership Possibilities
The websites of a number of organizations experienced in programming for and about women can inspire library offerings. Also consider groups that once focused on women but have since expanded their mission, such as Camp Fire USA. Founded in 1881,...
Part of the Action: Managing for Change and Continuous Improvement
Bill Mayer imagines a library without librarians. The way he sees it, his campus is filled with activity, and he wants his librarians to be a part of the action. "Their role isn't to simply go out and generate more visibility," he explains, "but to...
Sara Kelly Johns: Candidate for ALA President
The challenges facing libraries right now require innovative change. ALA must collectively harness the energy, enthusiasm, and experience of ALA's members to move ahead. As president, I will connect all members to meet the challenges of a reduced economy...
Stirring Up Inspiration: Teach Teens to Set Up to the Plate-And the Stove
It's been one of those winters when I've wondered if one really feeds a cold (achoo!) and starves a fever, experimenting with soups that require no further icy treks to the grocery store (achoo!). Coincidentally I had already made arrangement for my...
The Case for Textbooks: Our Service Traditions Call for Us to Provide Them
At Miami University's regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown, Ohio, we have also encountered "the textbook phenomenon" described by Bonnie Imler (AL, Nov. 2009, p. 35). However, our response to students' confusion about the roles of the library...
Whither Wikipedia? the Collaborative Encyclopedia Faces Growing Pains
You've got to feel a bit for Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. Here's a guy with a fairly simple but incredibly powerful idea: Create a way for people to share what they know with the wider world and in the process build a resource that can be of great...
Your Virtual Brand: Online Presence for Professional Success
Irecently started teaching another great group of future librarians at San Jose State University about Web 2.0 technologies. I'm always in awe of their enthusiasm for the subject matter and for their chosen field. This year, I also feel a little sad,...

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