American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 11, December

Advocacy for Libraries: Reauthorizing LSTA-Now More Important Than Ever. (President's Message)
September 11 and its aftermath changed a great many things. The normal concerns of the U.S. Congress have also been dramatically altered, at least in the short term. This new congressional environment means that ALA and our partner organizations...
ALA Executive Board: Sliding U.S. Economy Prompts Budget Deferrals. (Quarterly Report)
"Economic circumstances call for changes and quick decisions," ALA Executive Director William Gordon explained to the ALA Executive Board at its annual fall meeting, October 13-14, in Chicago. Assisted by Associate Executive Director for Finance Gregory...
Cited. (People)
Iliana L. Sonntag Blay, San Diego State University librarian emerita, is the 2001 recipient of the Jose Toribio Medina Award from the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials. The award, which includes a $250 honorarium, recognizes...
Creating an Internet Policy by Civic Engagement: Bringing the Community into the Process Promotes Understanding. (Internet)
In April 1999, our library director, Yvonne Chen, approached Electronic Services Supervisor Scott Bauer about reviewing the Redwood City (Calif.) Public Library's Internet policy. Prompted by guidelines from the National Commission on Libraries and...
Dial 211: Libraries Get Involved with a New Social Service Initiative: Libraries Can Play Key Roles in the Development of 211 Information and Referral Initiatives. (Partnerships)
In January, the Community Forum in Memphis, Tennessee--a group that works to foster civic discussion on important public issues--brought together the local public library, the United Way of the Mid-South, the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, and...
E-Newsletters and E-Zines: From Current Cites to NewBreed Librarian; A Survey of the Library E-Zine Scene. (the E-Files)
Keeping up with important library topics, providing platforms for voices outside the mainstream, and offering ongoing perspectives and viewpoints: The need for such services and capabilities have always been present, but Internet and Web distribution...
"Go Figure!" Exhibit Brings Kids and Calculations Together: A Children's Museum Exhibit Is on the Move, Reaching a National Library Audience. (Outreach)
Arthur the Aardvark is just one of the colorful figures from beloved children's books who are enticing youngsters to love math in "Go Figure!"--an ALA-cosponsored exhibit traveling to 75 public libraries until February 2003. Developed with the Minnesota...
Government Documents for the Ages. (on My Mind)
"Government Documents at the Crossroads" (AL, Sept., P. 52-55) raises several concerns about the permanence of digital U.S. government publications. However, the developments described by authors Karrie Peterson, Elizabeth Cowell, and Jim Jacobs as...
Handbook Corrections. (News Fronts ALA)
The following corrections were supplied by the communications and marketing department for the special ALA Handbook of Organization 2001-2002 mailed with the November issue of American Libraries. Any further corrections will be incorporated into the...
Internet Labeling Group Launches Campaign. (News Fronts)
The Internet Content Rating Association announced October 23 the launch of the North American Campaign to Protect Children Online. An effort to encourage Web sites to allow ICRA to rate their content, the campaign already has the support of AOL Time...
Letter from Iran: Afghanistan's Lost Splendor. (Cover Story)
Today is September 18, 2001, precisely one week after the terrorist operations in New York and Washington. The thoughts of the world's people, especially those of the United States, are worried, and everyone is seeking news about the perpetrators of...
Librarian's Library. (Professional Literature)
Revealing the Invisible Web Although most librarians know that as much as 80% of authoritative information accessible over the Internet is invisible to search engines, many are not sure how to find it. This invisible content is often in databases...
Library Groups Examine Antiterrorism Law. (News Fronts Washington)
President Bush signed sweeping antiterrorism legislation October 26 that expands the government's powers to conduct electronic surveillance, obtain business and medical records, and detain immigrants without charges. The measure, known as the USA Patriot...
Nation on Alert: Anthrax Scare Closes Library of Congress. (Cover Story)
The September 11 terrorist attacks have spawned an epidemic of fear that bioterrorism will be the next assault on Americans. After the House of Representatives shut down and more than 30 congressional workers tested positive for exposure to anthrax...
Nebraska Teen Wins "Drive to Read" Contest. (News Fronts ALA)
Kylee M. Nielsen, 16, of Kennard, Nebraska, is the grand prize winner of the "Drive to Read @ your library" contest for her winning essay on It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life (G.P. Putnam, 2000) by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins....
Obituaries. (People)
Fred Morris Bindman, 72, who retired in 1993 as head of the music section in the cataloging division at the Library of Congress, died October 1 of multiple organ failure. * Gail Clukay, 50, librarian at the Salisbury (N.H.) Free Library, died September...
People
Currents Tim Blevins has been named special collections section manager for the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He most recently served as manager of imaging and preservation services for the Washington State Archives...
Picky Parents Pick J-Cards. (Censorship Watch)
Two library systems in the Southeast have responded to long-standing objections to open-access policies by offering concerned parents the ability to opt for restricted juvenile cards. * The Marion County Public Library System headquartered in Ocala,...
Reclaiming the American Flag. (Editorial)
Leonard Kniffel One time in a bar in Texas I tried to defend flag-burning to a guy wearing a cowboy hat and boots with spurs on them. He seemed like a nice enough person, but it didn't take long to realize that he had no tolerance whatsoever for...
Surplus Replaces Debt at Ann Arbor PL. (News Fronts)
A new audit shows that the Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library, which was $1 million in debt last year (AL, Apr. 2000, p. 22-23), now has a budget surplus of $3.3 million. Associate Director of Community Relations Tim Grimes attributed the surplus...
Technically Speaking: Proliferating Portals. (Information Technology)
My dictionary defines portal as "a passage for gaining entrance; door, esp. one that is grand and imposing." Who can resist such a marketable metaphor for selling information discovery and retrieval systems? Not the computer industry and certainly...
Teen Read Week Reaches All-Time High. (News Fronts ALA)
More than 1,400 school and public libraries and bookstores participated in the fourth annual Teen Read Week October 14-20. The theme of the yearly observance, sponsored by YALSA, is "Read for the Fun of It," and this year the event carried a subtheme...
The Association's Association: Make Reading a Hobbit @ Your Library. (News Fronts ALA)
When Teen Read Week began four years ago, the Young Adult Library Services Association was hopeful that it would forge a stronger link between libraries and teenagers. Now, more than 1,300 libraries who held Teen Read Week activities during this year's...
This Month, 199 Year Ago. (Events)
IN DECEMBER 1802, well-known Boston educator and textbook author Caleb. Bingham was ruminating about what to do with a small library of 150 books for children and young adults that he had collected over the years. A month later he decided. To his brother...
Thus Said. (Opinion)
"They turned one tent into a little library, complete with yellowed Harlequin romances, dog-eared spy thrillers, ragged fairy tales, and week-old newspapers." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette special correspondent Sam Greene from his October 29 report on the...
War of Words: On the Front Lines of Counterterrorism. (Cover Story)
If ignorance is bliss, a library probably isn't the best place to seek intellectual relief during these terrifying times, Weapons of mass destruction, chemical and/or biological warfare, anthrax exposure, nuclear sabotage, the plague.... Watching the...
Washington Office Responds to WTO Article. (News Fronts Washington)
Although Fiona Hunt was partially correct in her commentary in the September American Libraries (p. 32-33), we believe that her argument falters when she critiques the World Trade Organization General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). In addition...
Why Library Homework Centers Extend Society's Safety Net: Latching onto the Needs of Latchkey Children Unlocks Community Goodwill. (Service)
Happily, many of today's librarians understand and appreciate how interrelated school and public library services are, particularly just after classes end for the day. While no two after-school homework programs are completely alike, the motivation...
Year 2002 Council Nominees. (News Fronts ALA)
* Naomi K. Angier, librarian, Juvenile Justice Outreach, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library. * Mary J. Arnold, manager, regional teen services, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library. * Skip Auld, assistant director, Chesterfield County (Va.) Public...

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