American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 10, November

10 Tips for Teaching How to Search the Web: As the Possibilities Proliferate, Consider Adopting a Query-Based Approach. (Lifelong Learning)
Teaching how to search the Web is hot--it's become standard practice in public-service librarianship. We teach classes, hold workshops, distribute handouts, mount tutorials on the Web. We know our sources and don't hesitate to help. Do you want a list...
ALA Awards and Scholarships. (Quick Reference Pages)
The ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award An annual award consisting of $1,500 and a citation honoring a library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development...
ALA Offices. (Headquarters, Washington Office, and Choice)
ALA offices address broad interests and issues of concern to the profession and the Association. The offices are diverse in their purposes but generally focus on issues that span most or all types of libraries, types of interests, and constituencies...
ALA Policy Manual. (Structure and Governance)
The ALA Policy Manual includes brief statements of policies adopted by the ALA Council. The full text of pertinent position statements, policies, and procedures is retained in the "Current Reference File" at ALA Headquarters. Outdated policies will...
ALA Responds to Terrorist Attacks. (News Fronts ALA)
ALA expressed its condolences and deepest sympathies September 12 to those families and friends affected by the September 11 tragic events and urged the public to access information at libraries of all kinds--public, school, academic, and special....
Association for Library Trustees and Advocates. (Divisions)
Formerly American Library Trustee Association Membership as of July 31, 2001 Organization members 217 Personal members 1,147 Total 1,364 Kerry Ward, executive director Michael Edmonds, program assistant The Association for Library...
At a Glance ... Quick Q and as about ALA. (Quick Reference Pages)
Also see the FAQ at www.ala.org. Q. WHAT IS ALA? A. As the voice of America's libraries and the people who depend on them, ALA promotes the highest quality library and information services and protects public access to information. It is the...
Blueprint for Planning a Successful Program: Staging a Continuing Education Program Is a Learning Experience in Itself. (Continuing Education)
Sooner or later it will happen: You'll get selected as the perfect candidate for planning a program that will attract dozens of eager participants who want to know everything about the subject of your choice. You might even place yourself in this situation...
Book Theme Lures Librarians to New York's Biblio-Hotel: As the City Struggles to Return to Normal, the Library Hotel Offers Ordered Sanctuary. (Collections)
Librarians and other book lovers who plan to visit New York City can now spend the night in an environment that's almost as perfect for reading as libraries themselves: the Library Hotel. Opened in August 2000, the hotel is something of a theme park...
Charter of 1879 (Revised 1942). (Structure and Governance)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Be it known, that wheareas Justin Winsor, C. A. Cutter, Samuel S. Green, James L. Whitney, Melvil Dui, Fred B. Perkins and Thomas W. Bicknell, have associated themselves with the intention of forming a corporation under...
Chicago Friends Lose Round in Weeding Battle. (News Fronts)
A Cook County Chancery Court judge declined September 19 to issue a temporary restraining order against the ongoing weeding of books at Chicago's Sulzer Regional Library (AL, Oct., p. 22-25). The request had been made the day before by the Friends...
Constitution and Bylaws. (Structure and Governance)
CONSTITUTION Article I. Name Sec. 1. The name of this body shall be the American Library Association. Article II. Object Sec. 1. The object of the American Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship. Article...
Coping in New York. (Cover Story)
"The free exchange of ideas and information lies at the heart of a civil society. These values are reaffirmed every day through the collections, services, and programs provided at the New York Public Library and libraries across America," says NYPL...
Currents
At California State University/Long Beach, Jose Aguinaga has been named social sciences librarian. * Sheila B. Anderson has been appointed director of the Dover (Del.) Public Library. She had been manager of young adult services at Allen County...
How to Get Involved in ALA. (Quick Reference Pages)
If you are a new member, one who has not been involved in ALA before, or someone who wants to expand his or her involvement, these pages are for you. ALA is an incredibly rich and varied organization and offers something for everyone, whether you want...
How to Use This Guide. (Quick Reference Pages)
Welcome to the new ALA Handbook of Organization! We are providing the Handbook to all members as a benefit of your membership in this special supplement to American Libraries. Our intent is to encourage members to 'learn more, get involved, join in,...
Internet Librarian: With All Our Heart. (Information Technology)
The response of librarians to September 11 has been the ultimate rebuke to these terrible events. There is nothing good about what happened. But you can be very proud to be a member of this profession. Our response has not been extraordinary or...
Iowa Mayor Pitches Baseball over Rranch. (News Fronts)
In a play to keep minor-league baseball in Davenport, Iowa, Mayor Phil Yerington is proposing that some $3.1 million that had been set aside by the city toward constructing a new $6.2-million branch library be reallocated for renovations of Davenport's...
Libraries Damaged in Maryland Tornado. (News Fronts)
A tornado that touched down September 24 in Prince George's and Howard counties, Maryland, caused a major power failure and damage to the stacks and collections at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville. The funnel cloud passed just behind...
Library and Information Technology Association. (Divisions)
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION. (Divisions) Membership as of July 31, 2001 Organization members 722 Personal members 4,188 Total 4,910 Mary Taylor, executive director Rebecca...
Library Lists: Building on E-Mail; Managed Lists Link Specialists and Their Institutions. (Internet)
Email dominates the Internet. That's as true in 2001 as it was in 1992. Despite Spam, accidental forwarding, Outlook viruses, and other problems, e-mail helps us stay in touch, make new acquaintances, solve problems, and take care of business. Shortly...
Mission, Membership, Organization, Motto. (Structure and Governance)
Mission The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access...
Nimda Worm Hits Library Computers. (New Fronts)
At least several dozen libraries were among the thousands of victims of the aggressive Nimda computer worm. The worm, which started attacking Web servers running Microsoft operating systems September 18, is estimated to have infected some 150,000 computer...
On My Mind: When Books Weren't Enough. (Opinion)
Like millions of other Americans on the morning of September 11, I sat frozen in front of my television set as the horrifying events at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon took place. I wasn't supposed to be at home. I wasn't even supposed to be...
Public Library Circulation and Spending Increase. (Circulation)
For the new millennium, the base year of the Indexes of American Public Library Circulation and Expenditures (reference value = 100) has been shifted to the year 2000. A new random sample was selected from the universe of all public libraries serving...
Recovery in Washington
Kathy Earnest, director of the Pentagon Library in Washington, told American Libraries that both the library and new quarters being prepared for it were water-damaged in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. The library was considered part of a crime...
Reference and User Services Association. (Divisions)
Membership as of July 3l, 2001 Organization members 777 Personal members 4,157 Total 4,934 Cathleen Bourdon, executive director Lillian Lewis, deputy executive director The Reference and User Services Association (formerly Reference...
Round Tables
A round table is a membership unit established to promote afield of librarianship not within the scope of any single division. Although it cannot commit the Association by any declaration of policy, a round table may recommend policy and action to...
School Librarians Win Fight for Funds. (News Fronts)
Funds earmarked for Birmingham, Alabama, school library books were restored just three days after some 25 school librarians conferred with officials in a special meeting September 18. The group was upset over a proposal to spend $1.7 million normally...
States Adopt @ Your Library. (News Fronts ALA)
Several states are joining the ALA "@ your library" Campaign for America's Libraries, the Association's five-year public education effort to promote the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century. The Alaska Library Association's Juneau...
Technically Speaking: Taking Library Services around the World. (Information Technology)
One of the gradual but unmistakable trends in library technology news that has occurred since I began writing this column in 1996 is the increasing amount of international news I receive. Not only have international sales become an ever-greater percentage...
The Association's Associations Rusa Is Leading Reference Librarians. (News Fronts ALA)
Now is an exciting time to be a reference librarian. As libraries begin offering digital reference services, many reference departments are undergoing major changes. The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), an organization of more than 5,000...
This Month, 40 Years Ago
IN NOVEMBER 1961, FIFTY HIGH school students from Montana attended a library camp at Clyde Park to discuss ways "to maintain pride in a school book collection." The meeting was one of many such camps held across the nation in the 1950s and 1960s to...
Thus Said. (Opinion)
"Israel is a place where college students have their bags checked on their way into libraries, not out." Reporter James Bennet, New York Times, September 22. "It's very reassuring for children to hear their parents' voice." First Lady Laura Bush,...
Too Old to Surf? No Way! an Internet Course for Seniors: Chicago Public Library's Training Sessions Meet with a Roaring Response. (Lifelong Learning)
I want to offer an 'Internet Basics' course for senior citizens," the head of the Science and Technology Department at Chicago's Woodson Regional Library said at our monthly departmental meeting. I immediately began asking myself: Will seniors be interested...
Traumatized by Terrorism: Libraries Represent Stability to a Nation
In New York City, Washington, and across the nation, neighborhood public libraries are helping a population traumatized, saddened, and angered by the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (AL, Oct., p. 20-22) to...
We Are the Guardians of History. (Wills World)
There are many casualties from the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11. The first and most obvious victims are the thousands of people killed and maimed from the violent actions of a few. Then there are the close friends and relatives whose...
When Eternal Vigilance Isn't Popular. (Editorial)
Leonard Kniffel The weeks following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have produced a growing concern among librarians about protecting fundamental freedoms that are at the core of our profession: free speech, intellectual...
Why Traditional Librarianship Matters: The Rush to Embrace Electronic Service Endangers Our Core Values. (Service)
The latest buzzwords in librarianship are mostly related to some aspect of online access: "e-books" or "virtual libraries" or "24/7 reference." Since I'm an advocate and promoter of innovation, I don't mean to bash electronic resources and services....
Young Adult Library Services Association. (Divisions)
Membership as of July 3l , 2001 Organization members 380 Personal members 2,940 Total 3,320 Julie A. Walker, executive director Linda Waddle, deputy executive director VISION STATEMENT In every library in the nation, quality library...
@ Your Library Goes Worldwide. (President's Message)
In April 2000, National Library Week, saw the launch of the "@ your library Campaign for America's Libraries, ALA's five-year public awareness campaign to celebrate the value of libraries and librarians. All types of libraries are participating and...
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