American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, January

2006 ALA Midwinter Meeting Exhibits Locator Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
For more information on the ALA Midwinter Meeting, to register, or to purchase an Exhibits Only Badge, please visit www.ala.org/midwinter Friday, January 20: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, January 21-22: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday, January...
AASL Focuses on the Future
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence,...
ALA Publishing Department Reorganizes to Emphasize Content
ALA Publishing--which includes American Libraries, Booklist, Book Links, ALA TechSource, ALA Graphics, and ALA Editions--brings in about 45% of the revenue in the Association's general fund. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Under the management of Associate...
American Library Association Annual Conference and Exposition
MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA JUNE 22-29, 2006 OPENING GENERAL SESSION FEATURING MADELEINE ALBRIGHT Saturday, June 24, 2006 5:30-7:30 pm ALA is thrilled to welcome former Secretary of State and bestselling author...
Cited
December 8 Columbia University in New York City hosted a symposium, "Shaping Scholarship in a Changing Landscape," in honor of retiring Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library Jean Ashton. * Charlotte R. M. Derksen, librarian emerita of Stanford...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Brett Allen became director of Fairfield (Mont.) Public Library November 22. * William Anderson has joined the University of Connecticut in Storrs as catalog librarian. * Gladys Smiley Bell has become director of Hampton (Va.) University's Harvey Library...
Datebook: Opportunities for Continuous Learning
CHAPTER CONFERENCES Feb. 23-26: Alaska Library Association Annual Conference, Anchorage Hilton. "Learning through Libraries." Contact: 907-786-1977; afafg@uaa.alaska.edu; www.akla.org/anchorage2006/. Mar. 28-30: Louisiana Library Association...
Everything You Need to Know about Libraries ... Snippets from the Upcoming the Whole Library Handbook 4
How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared to what we spend on our horses? ... If public libraries were half so costly as public dinners ... even foolish men and women might sometimes suspect there was...
Executive Director Signs on for Five More Years
ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels has signed on for five more years at the Association helm. The Executive Committee of the ALA Executive Board--consisting of President Michael Gorman, President-Elect Leslie Burger, Treasurer Teri Switzer,...
Exhibits Events Round-Up: Steer Your Way to the Exhibit Floor for Some Great Events!
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR FORUM Friday, January 20, 4:00-5:15 pm Gonzalez Convention Center Room 217A Mark Gimenez is author of the debut novel The Color of Law, a legal thriller with brilliant pacing, a conflicted protagonist searching for redemption,...
Food Con Pasion in San Antonio: A Quick-Fix, Sure-Fire, Hot-Plate-Coming-Through! Guide to Good Eats at ALA Midwinter
There's so much good food to choose from in San Antonio: Would you prefer pan dulce or chorizo-and-egg tacos for breakfast, barbecue or chicken-fried steak for an entree, and tres leches cake or bunuelos for dessert? All you need is an open mind, an...
Geography Club Reshelved
Following two parents' complaints, the superintendent of the University Place (Wash.) School District ordered the removal of the gay teen novel Geography Club from the junior and senior high school library collections in November. However, superintendent...
Get Smart
Would you believe that the citizens of Salinas, California, passed a referendum called Measure V on November 8 (AL, Dec., p. 19-20)? The half-cent sales tax will increase funds for vital public services, including keeping the city's library doors open...
Gifts That Speak Volumes: Shared Values Can Lead to Lasting Library Legacies through Planned Giving
WHEN THE TELEPHONE CALL CAME, MICHAEL KOSZALKA WAS STUNNED. Director of the West Allis (Wis.) Public Library, Koszalka had just been notified that the library would receive $1.3 million from the estate of local resident Irv Terchak, a modest, unassuming...
Global Reach
DENMARK A 1516 edition of Sir Thomas More's Utopia sold for 1.3 million kroner ($208,600 U.S.) at a Copenhagen auction house November 29. The unidentified winning bidder was not a Dane. The Danish Royal Library had hoped to keep this copy in the...
Grassroots Report: Sharks as a Service Model
What if all Ohio librarians read one book? And what if that book was The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition (AL, Mar. 2004, p. 14)? And what if the Scan had librarians thinking like sharks? Some of my students, for whom the Environmental...
Internet Librarian; Google Book Search: Evil or Misunderstood?
Gosh, I love radio. You learn the most surprising things. A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on our local NPR station to discuss Google Book Search (nee Google Print). Doesn't take much to get a ham like me on the air, so I readily agreed. And what...
Library of Congress Gets $3 Million from Google
The Library of Congress announced November 22 that a $3-million gift from Google will enable LC to begin building the World Digital Library, a project to digitize significant primary materials from national and other major research libraries around...
Obituaries
Janet Hayes, assistant director of Metropolitan Library System in Burr Ridge, Illinois, died November 28. * Cora Mason, 101, died November 4. She worked at the public library in Ashland, Oregon, for 30 years, ending her career there as head librarian...
OCLC Survey Charts Information Perceptions
People are using libraries less and read less since they began using the internet, according to a June 2005 survey commissioned by OCLC of 3,300 English-speaking residents of the United States and five other countries. Borrowing printed books is the...
On My Mind: Before the Deluge
What are librarians in the middle of their careers supposed to do when they get laid off? When this unfortunate event happened to me this past April, I didn't really worry. After all, I was going to benefit from the impending flood of open librarian...
Patriot Act Debate Heats Up after Senators Threaten Filibuster
Two days after the House approved 251-174 a compromise bill reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act, a bipartisan threat to filibuster the same bill prevailed in the Senate December 16 (AL, Dec., p. 11), as the bill's supporters there could get only 52 of...
Quick Bibs: Pictures on My Walls
Biographies have been on my mind lately. I blame Robert Oppenheimer. My favorite book of 2005, hands down, was Bird and Sherwin's definitive biography of the brilliant yet tortured director of the Manhattan Project. A close second was John Worthen's...
Referenda Roundup 2005: Mixed Results, but Support Stays Strong
Whether library measures passed or failed in 2005, residents who supported their local facilities did so with passion. In the notable case of Salinas, California, voters resoundingly passed a referendum November 8 to restore funding to keep the city's...
San Antonio Offers a Cultural Melting Pot: Library Education, an Array of Authors, and Youth Media's Shining Stars Highlight Conference Agenda
A mix of cultures, sounds, and flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, German Americans, African Americans, the Wild West, and the Deep South await the some 10,000 members, exhibitors, authors, and guests who are expected to visit San Antonio January...
School Librarians Seek 100% Inclusion in 65% Solution
Library leaders across the country are strategizing how best to safeguard media-center budgets in the wake of a new funding-formula proposal that calls for all 50 states to require that their school districts spend at least 65% of their budgets on...
Straight Answers from Mary Dempsey
Last September, Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey completed a most unusual assignment for a librarian. She and a deputy commissioner, Kathy Biel, had spent six months giving the City of Chicago's Procurement Services Department a "total...
Stratoplegic Planning: How to Stay on Top of the Game Forever by Doing Whatever It Takes to Look Good
Academic libraries across the nation face declining budgets and increased demand for digital services. To overcome budget shortfalls and enhance the electronic environment, here's how one visionary library developed a stratoplegic plan, based on subjective...
Technically Speaking: Is This the Renaissance or the Dark Ages?
To be honest, I'm not usually a glass-half-full kind of guy. More often than not, I have trouble finding the glass at all. But I have to admit to being optimistic when it comes to the future of libraries, especially digital libraries. I remain more...
The Peace Corps Partnership Program: Building Libraries Worldwide
The impact of establishing a library in an underserved community is priceless. After helping to establish a library in Bolivia, Peace Corps volunteer Marcus Gaudet said, "The major success of this project [is] kids playing with puzzles or didactic...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"The 'World Digital Library' aims to do the same thing for sundry other nations--the only trouble is that at the moment, like baseball's World Series, it is an all-American shop." Writer JOHN OATES, on Google's $3-million donation to the Library of...
Urban Libraries Council Conference: Place and Possibility; Chicago PL Showcases Vibrant Neighborhoods
Little one, you have been buzzing in the books," begins one of Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems. When this year's Urban Library Council conference convened December 2-3 at the Chicago Public Library, the buzz was about neighborhoods, youth, and connections....
Volunteer Librarians: Your Time Is Worth as Much as Money; Donating Your Skills to a Needy Library Can Provide Satisfaction, Experience, and Connections
They aren't always listed in the American Library Directory. They can't be found on the Web. But these underground libraries need your help. What are underground libraries? They are right down the street from you--small libraries in churches, temples,...
Will's World: My Hang-Up with Compassion as a Phone Skill
Sometimes I think I should have my home phone disconnected. About a year ago, it dawned on me that whenever my home phone rang I simply assumed that it was a telemarketer. While I realized it was possible that it could be a family member, coworker,...
Working Knowledge: The Road Taken-Eventually
On the Monday after Thanksgiving several years ago, a perplexed young man sat across the desk from me, relating his holiday experience. His visit with his parents and siblings had not gone well. In fact, his family had pressured him to choose a profession...
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