American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3-4, March-April

A Learning Organization: Supporting Professional Development in Libraries
Libraries are commonly seen as places that encourage learning and personal growth for patrons, yet sometimes the learning and growth of the library's own staff may be overlooked. In this era of lean budgets, a library's professional budget would understandably...
A Road Map to Public Involvement
The more than 11,000 attendees at ALA's Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston used the conference as an opportunity for in-depth discussions of major issues facing libraries, as well as sharing ideas and solutions that librarians could bring home...
Because Libraries Transform: A Game Increased Voluntary Reading Participation by 63%
Libraries Transform. What does it mean to you? And perhaps more important, what does it mean to your community, your library, your patrons? In our cover feature, we offer you stories of librarians already taking advantage of the multiyear public awareness...
Christine Lind Hage: Director of Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library: Christinelindhage.Org
CANDIDATE FOR ALA PRESIDENT When you ask children what they want to be when they grow up, you're likely to hear "fireman" or "superhero." But my dream from the beginning was to become a librarian. I've never worked anywhere but in a library. And...
Emerging Leaders Class of 2016
They're the new faces greeting you at the reference desk, recommending books in the stacks, and experimenting with fresh ideas behind the scenes. These are the library world's rising stars, the generation that will move, shape, and influence the present...
Engaging Students through Gamification
In 2015, teacher-librarian Tasha Squires of O'Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, Illinois, entered the Follett Challenge, an annual contest from Follett School Solutions that showcases schools with innovative methods for learning 21st-century skills....
Every Student Succeeds: The Power of Grassroots Advocacy in Action
For anyone who may have been skeptical of the power of combined grassroots action, the library provisions contained in the newly passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) should make you a believer. Not only does the legislation that ALA members aggressively...
How to Create Impact: At the Intersection of Three Strategic Directions
The American Library Association's strategic plan places firm emphasis on three priorities: advocacy, information policy, and professional and leadership development. Although each priority has an individual implementation plan, it is at the intersection...
Jim Neal: University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University: Jimneal.Org
CANDIDATE FOR ALA PRESIDENT Librarians and other information professionals: We dare to be bold, courageous, and challenging! The vitality and impact of our Association, our profession, and our libraries will require a powerful collective commitment...
Librarian's Library: Understanding Acquisitions
My first job in a library was in my college library's order department, verifying the bibliographic information for titles requested by the faculty. Listening to Miss Jacoby, the order librarian, think out loud about how to acquire those titles was...
Libraries Collaborate to Create History
Local histories are easily explored at most libraries. Government documents and records, newspaper photos and clippings, film and video footage, and assorted ephemera nestled in stacks and special collections can create vivid snapshots of a community's...
Libraries Transform in a Community College
The beauty of the Libraries Transform campaign is that it allows library professionals to focus on how their libraries are transforming and changing but also allows them to illustrate how services and resources have always provided transformative opportunities...
Libraries Transform: Why ALA's New Public Awareness Campaign Is Essential for Your Library
The library story is one many Americans believe they can tell; but when their version sounds more like an old episode of Leave It to Beaver than the latest binge-worthy Netflix show, the library profession must reclaim its identity to better reflect...
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe: Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Lisa4ala.Org
CANDIDATE FOR ALA PRESIDENT My theme--"Colleagues Connecting Communities"--reflects what we do in our libraries and represents the work of ALA. I am very proud of ALA and the work that we do together as colleagues. We have a strong Code of Ethics...
Moving Forward with Libraries Transform: Because It's Time
Quite a buzz was generated at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting by Libraries Transform, ALA's new multiyear public awareness and advocacy campaign. "Because" statements and a new video were widely displayed throughout the convention center, and attendees...
New Routes to Library Success: Looking outside of the Library World to Spark New Ideas
I worry about the future of libraries. I have been a library professional only since 2004, and even then most people who planned to work in a library understood that things were changing. We knew we had to find new, creative ways for libraries to operate...
Newsmaker: Nathalia Holt
That's one small step for man," astronaut Neil Armstrong famously began. But have you considered the women behind that first lunar landing? Nathalia Holt gives voice to the seldom-recognized female mathematicians and scientists who shaped NASA in...
Obituaries
* Richard M. Cheski, 80, Ohio State Librarian for 17 years until his 1995 retirement, died November 20. Cheski led a variety of initiatives at the library, including the development of OhioLINK, replacing the card catalog with a computerized system...
Registration Open for 2016 ALA Annual Conference
The conversations, engagement, learning, and innovations that transform libraries start and continue at ALA meetings and conferences. The focus on the future of libraries is sharpened each year at these global events. The ALA Annual Conference and...
Safe and Sound: Libraries Offer Empathy in an Unpredictable World
There's always something fun about visiting somebody else's class: It's a chance to meet and talk with students you might otherwise not, maybe make a presentation, kibbitz, ask hard questions, stir the pot a little, and then drift away, serene in the...
School Libraries Transform
Having a transformative school library is an issue of equity. According to its mission, the American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning. The words "leaders" and "transform" are key. As a faculty...
Storytime for the Spectrum
Librarian Carrie Rogers-Whitehead noticed there were always a couple of kids running around and making noise during one of her storytimes. And when they started up, the rest of the 2- and 3-year-olds followed suit. She decided to ask their mom what...
Susan Hildreth: Executive Director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System, and Administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California: Hildrethforalatreasurer.Org
CANDIDATE FOR ALA TREASURER I am honored to stand for election as treasurer of the American Library Association. I ask for your support. As your treasurer, I will be dedicated to ensuring the financial success of ALA at this critical time for...
The Fact Police: When Patrons Challenge the Veracity of Books
I don't know how to be tactful about this, but...." When a patron enters your office and begins a sentence like that, you know it's going to be awkward. The heart jumps, the mind flips through possibilities. Did I inadvertently offend somebody?...
Trend Thinking: Center for the Future of Libraries Helps Librarians Look Ahead for Improving Spaces and Services
A New Adults Advisory Board at the Kingston Frontenac (Ontario) Public Library brings together patrons ages 18-30 to offer insights for better serving this category of library user. Students at Furman University Library in Greenville, South Carolina,...
Tween Read-Alouds: Older Kids Can Benefit from Parent-Child Storytime
A mother and her tween daughter are browsing titles in a locally owned independent bookstore. The young girl is perusing the extraordinary Newbery Honor--winning memoir-in-verse Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. The cover, the dust jacket...
What They Said
"Libraries are an essential bedrock of this democracy and ensure that we as a nation are who we say we are." SENATOR CORY BOOKER (D-N.J.), speaking at the President's Program at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston. "Librarians...
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