American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 9, October

A Fine Time to Be Asking for More Money. (Editorial)
Ironic, isn't it, that just about the time ALA decides to form a separate organization to advocate for better salaries the American economy goes on the skids? Bad timing, it seems. To add insult to injury, just as ALA Headquarters decides to implement...
African-American Librarians Bask in Florida Sun: BCALA'S Fifth National Conference, August 13-16. (Special Report)
Broward County Commission Chair Lori Nance Parrish named August 14 African-American Librarians Day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in honor of the 922 librarians, library supporters, and exhibitors who converged on the city to attend "Culture Keepers...
ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits January 24-29,2003. (Special Events)
ALA PRESIDENT'S PROGRAM Sunday, January 26, 3:00 pm -- 5:00 pm "Patriotism, Freedom, and Information" In a post-September 11 world, how do librarians balance the First Amendment rights of their patrons with concerns about terrorism and access...
Antitax Group Strives to Close County Libraries. (New Fronts)
A group of antitax crusaders has gathered enough signatures to add to the November ballot an initiative that would eliminate the Stevens County (Wash.) Rural Library District. Supporters of the measure say the 62% of voters who approved establishing...
Budget Cuts Force New York Libraries to Reduce Hours. (News Fronts)
Most libraries in the New York Public Library system--the largest of the city's three systems--will cut back to a five-day week over the next few months as the result of a July city-government request to cut all agency budgets by 7.5%. All four...
Can You Say "Shibboleth"? (Technically Speaking)
The Gileadites in Biblical times had a straightforward way of testing identity and dealing with the results: If you couldn't correctly pronounce "shibboleth" you would be killed on the spot, otherwise you could continue on your way and cross the Jordan...
Cycles of Support: IOWA's Libraries Get Extra Mileage out of the State's Annual Bike-a-Thon. (Community)
One week riding a bicycle 480 miles despite high temperatures and humidity through a not-as-flat-as-its-stereotype-leads-you-to-believe state. Welcome to RAGBRAI. For one week every July, more than 10,000 people from around the world venture out...
Datebook. (Events)
ALA EVENTS Oct. 10-13: LITA National Forum on Making Connections, Westin Galleria and Westin Oaks, Houston, Texas. Contact: Mary Taylor, 800-545-2433 ext. 4267; mtaylor@ala.org; www.lita.org/forum02/index.html. Oct. 17-19: ALSC National Institute,...
Far and Away: The Pros and Cons of a "Long-Distance" MIS. (Library Education)
Distance education is nothing new. But with the advent of the Internet and increasingly sophisticated software, taking classes--and getting degrees--from miles away is becoming as common as sitting in lecture halls. For information professionals...
Fargo Balks at Outsourced Library's Budget Request. (News Fronts)
When the Fargo (N.Dak.) Public Library requested a 32% budget increase for 2003, Mayor Bruce Furness began to Wonder whether he could still afford a privatized city library. The Maryland-based management firm LSSI has asked for $1.95 million, some...
Floods Devastate Prague's Libraries. (News Fronts)
The worst flooding in Central Europe in 500 years has destroyed cultural treasures throughout the Czech Republic. As waters from torrential rains began to recede in mid-August, libraries and museums began assessing their losses. The worst damage...
For Ethical Reference, Pare the Paraprofessionals. (on My Mind)
What would you think of a group of lawyers who routinely allowed their staff of paralegals to argue their clients' cases in court? What would you think of a corresponding group of physicians who regularly permitted their nurses to write prescriptions...
General Information. (Conference)
MIDWINTER MEETING WEBSITE Looking for the latest information on the ALA 2003 Midwinter Meeting? Go no further than your desktop! The ALA Midwinter Meeting is online at http://www.ala.org/events/midwinter2003. The site will be updated through the...
Getting Good Mileage in Kentucky and Ohio. (Grassroots Report)
For students, distance education means wider educational choices that are close to home, leading in turn to better employment opportunities. For teachers and educational institutions, it means more students, increased tuition revenue, and additional...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM The British Library has digitizcd its copy of the 14th-century Koran of Sultan Baybar as part of its "Turning the Pages" project, designed to widen public access to the religious books in its collections. Highlights from the full...
Great American Public Libraries: The 2002 HAPLR Rankings: The Eagerly Awaited-If Overdue-Measure of the Nation's Public Libraries. (Survey)
The last three editions of Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) generated widespread media coverage. Similar results are expected for this delayed fourth edition. This edition of the scores is about a year overdue because of delays by the...
Great Minds of the Past, Dilemmas of the Present; Lester Asheim in Cyberspace: A Tribute to Sound Reasoning. (Library History)
For nearly 50 years, "Not Censorship but Selection" (Wilson Library Bulletin, Sept. 1953) by Lester Asheim (1914-1997) has remained the definitive statement on the distinction between these two aspects of library collection development. "The major...
IFLA in Kilter: International Conference Attracts over 4,700 to Glasgow, Scotland. (Special Report)
The lit-up computer screen is now our symbol of knowledge and power, "omnipresent and omniscient as the eye of almighty God in days gone by," said Nobel Prize--winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney in his keynote address to some 4,765 library and information...
It Can Happen Here: When Hate Comes Calling; as a Bastion of the First Amendment, Your Library, Too, Can Attract an Inflammatory Speaker. (Security)
Our library--and by extension the entire community--recently experienced an event we never dreamed could happen here. Following is a narrative describing how it did "happen here" in York County, Virginia, and how the community coped. Having missed...
Librarianship after Google. (Internet Librarian)
Isn't it remarkable how quickly Google got adopted and became seemingly indispensable to many librarians? It seems like only yesterday that we all had a different favorite search engine every few months. I admit to dalliances with the likes of HotBot...
Merritt Fund to the Rescue. (News Fronts ALA)
Melora Ranney YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTHWEST. Injustice has robbed you of what little you have. You're losing the will to keep fighting. There's no Zorro or Lone Ranger in sight. But there is the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund, administered by OIF....
New Knoxville Interim Director Greeted with Boos. (News Fronts)
A crowd of nearly 100 protesters booed and voiced their opposition to the August 26 vote of the Knox County (Tenn.) Public Library board that appointed longtime trustee Charles Davenport as interim library director. Davenport, who had resigned from...
Obituaries
Joseph C. Courtney III, 74, who retired in 1985 as the librarian of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, died July 27 of diabetes complications. He began his career in 1951, teaching English and social studies in the Arlington schools; in...
Public Library Circulation, Expenditures Increase: Salaries Record the Largest Increase. (Circulation)
The Index of American Public Library Circulation for 2001 increased by 4% from 100 in 2000 to 104 in 2001 as the index of expenditures rose 6% from 100 in 2000 to 106 in 2001. When the index of expenditures is measured in constant 2000 dollars it decreased...
Quick Vids: Videos on a Timeless Topic. (Professional Literature)
Poetry Off the Page Smash the Grecian urn and impale Keats' shopworn nightingale What we got, hear, is a new word order Poetry performed and poems without borders These ain't your front parlor poetics...
Reader Forum. (Opinion)
Anti-Palestinian Letter Condemned As an educator, librarian, and ALA member, I am disappointed that the editors chose to print Anna Sazie's factually erroneous anti-Palestinian letter to the editor (Sept., p. 42-43). Three minutes of research by...
Register in Advance-Save Time and Money! (Conference)
ADVANCE REGISTRATION To register in advance, print or type and complete all sections of the form that follows. You may register for all listed events and pay with one check. Use one form per person for full registration or exhibit passes only. Registration...
Run Business like a Library. (Will's World)
We're quickly approaching my least favorite time of the year--election season, when candidates from the President to the county dogcatcher declare that government should be run like a business. I actually wince when I hear those seven simple words,...
Sirsi Has Announced Two Partnerships, One with LSSI to Integrate LSSI's Virtual Reference Toolkit into iBistro and iLink. (Alliances and Acquisitions)
Sirsi has announced two partnerships, one with LSSI to integrate LSSI's Virtual Reference Toolkit into iBistro and iLink, and another with Ebrary to bundle ebrarian e-book services with both iBistro and the company's Unicorn Library Management System....
Staffing Shifts Roil Orlando Public Library. (News Fronts)
Librarians at the Orange County Library System in Orlando, Florida, have accused new Library Director Mary Anne Hodel of replacing professional staff with clerks. Hodel, who assumed the directorship in January, counters that the changing staffing patterns...
The ALA, the WTO, and the GATS. (News Fronts Washington)
Back in May, then-ALA President John W. Berry wrote to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert B. Zoellick to express the Association's concerns that commitments made by the United States under the General Agreement on Trade in Services might interfere...
The Association's Associations: Public Library Association Forges Ahead. (News Fronts ALA)
A new Strategic Plan, approved by the Public Library Association executive board in June, addresses the prevalent issues faced by members and sets objectives and strategies to prepare the association for the future. The plan augments PLA's mission:...
The (D)evolution of a Director: What Happens When a Director Decides to Climb Down the Library Ladder? (Management)
I used to be a college library director. I chose to step down. New colleagues, naturally curious or just being friendly, have asked me where I worked before and what I did there. When I tell them, they quickly hide their surprise. Why would someone...
The Real CIPA Issues-And a Friendly Challenge. (the Crawford Files)
The Children's Internet Protection Act may have been suspended, but it's on its way to the Supreme Court (AL, Aug., p. 18). The case isn't over yet, and Congress is likely to pass a similar act if this one is trashed. You should brush up on the real...
The Top 10 Reasons to Be a Librarian: (With Apologies to David Letterman)
As a high school library media specialist, I have the good fortune to work with, and sometimes mold, young people. If I'm lucky, I discover what they do after graduation. Recently, one of my favorite students informed me that after earning her humanities...
This Month, 110 Years Ago
IN OCTOBER 1892, 100,000 people attended the dedication ceremony for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Among those who delivered keynote addresses was Bertha Palmer, wife of Potter Palmer (of Chicago's Palmer House Hotel fame) and president...
Travel and Accomodation Information. (Conference)
AIRLINE AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS--GENERAL INFORMATION ITS Group is ALA's travel management company for both hotel and airline reservations. As an ALA attendee or exhibitor, you are eligible for special airline and hotel rates. To reach the ALA Travel...
Why Librarians? (President's Message)
Two Florida newspapers--the Orlando Sentinel and the Orlando Weekly--recently interviewed me about the Orange County Public Library's wish to replace librarians with people who can "train customers to use the internet" (see p. 18). This was the third...
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