American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 6, June

2018 Annual Conference Preview
New Orleans--jewel of the Mississippi River known for its colorful Carnival seasons, inimitable food, and confluence of cultures--celebrates its tricentennial in 2018 with a yearlong birthday party. But perhaps no celebration is more anticipated than...
An Overdue Discussion: Two Takes on the Library-Fine Debate
Whether to charge fines for overdue materials is a hot-button topic. The issues are many: Some libraries have halted the practice, citing concerns that fines keep patrons away, while other libraries have kept them in place as vital revenue streams....
Are Libraries Neutral?
At the 2018 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal's program provided a commentary and conversation on the question of libraries as neutral organizations and librarianship as a neutral profession....
Beyond Fake News: Determining What Sources to Trust
While social media and search companies are changing their policies and algorithms, fake news continues to proliferate on the web. Librarians who work with students know that the inability to identify fake news speaks to a larger problem: the inability...
Big Easy Eats: Dining, New Orleans-Style
Let's be real: New Orleans' reputation for good times, really good music, and really, really good food wasn't exactly a deterrent when it came to booking your trip to the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition. But where to start? Go for traditional...
Big Ideas in the Big Easy
New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, and ALA members will have a chance to join the festivities at the Annual Conference and Exhibition later this month. Our team highlights some of the speakers, programs, events, and networking...
BRINGING HARASSMENT OUT OF THE HISTORY BOOKS: Addressing the Troubling Aspects of Melvil Dewey's Legacy
As stories of sexual misconduct continue to dominate the news, some alleged perpetrators bear household names (Kevin Spacey, Garrison Keillor, Harvey Weinstein, James Franco), and some don't (Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle, NPR editor Michael Oreskes,...
Bringing Libraries to WIC: Public Libraries and the Women, Infants, and Children Program Partner on Early Literacy and Health
Is it free?" It's a question that Marisa Conner, manager of youth and family engagement at Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL), says her staffers are often asked when doing outreach at Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) centers. She explains:...
Brown Wins 2019-2020 ALA Presidency
Wanda Brown, director of library services at C. G. O'Kelly Library at Winston-Salem (N.C.) State University, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA). She defeated Peter Hepburn, head librarian at College of the Canyons...
Conservator of Carnival
Every Carnival season brings with it some type of party ephemera--admit cards, beads, crowns, doubloons, duke badges-and New Orleans Public Library is there to catalog it. "The invitations are definitely one of the highlights," notes Christina Bryant,...
Data Security: Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk
One of the most important things you can do to protect your data is to safely back it up on a regular basis. If you're like many people, you either don't have backups at all, don't have recent backups, or don't have all of your devices and data backed...
Getting Blunt about Medical Marijuana: Libraries Help Educate Would-Be Cannabis Consumers
When dispelling qualms about cannabis, Jennifer Hendzlik takes a highly hands-on approach. Hendzlik, a collection buyer for Anythink Libraries in Adams County, Colorado, helped lead a presentation on medical marijuana and libraries at the 2016 Public...
Hasan Minhaj: The Breakout Star Talks Libraries, Influences, and Bringing Data Visualization to Comedy
Comedian, actor, host, writer, and self-described "fake journalist" Hasan Minhaj is about to get even busier. Known for his correspondence work on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and his Peabody Award-nominated comedy special Homecoming King, he's...
How Do We Respond to #MeToo: Libraries Should Consult Collection Policies in the Face of the Movement
Reports of sexual misconduct by authors of critically acclaimed, well-liked literature continue to abound and be publicized. This reckoning is good for our industry and our profession, and hopefully it is empowering for survivors. Yet these revelations...
Information Access for All: How Libraries Break Down Barriers
As I was gathering books for this column, I saw a title that needed reshelving: The Information-Poor in America, by Thomas Childers (Scarecrow, 1975). Yes, it was written a whole library career ago, but it shows how libraries continue to be the public...
In Memory
Herbert Biblo 93, executive director of the Long Island (N.Y.) Library Resources Council (LILRC) for 35 years until retiring last year, died in March. Biblo was American Library Association (ALA) Treasurer from 1980-1984 and had been active in ALA's...
Instant Digital Access in Sacramento
How do you use OverDrive's Instant Digital Card? Sacramento Public Library uses the Instant Digital Card as an outreach tool at major events throughout the region. It's one of the most efficient ways to engage with people and sign them up for a library...
Modernizing Our Association: Working Together to Create an Agile, More Effective ALA
Ten months ago, I stepped into the role of interim executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) and then into the executive director role. Much of my focus during the past months has been on working with the Executive Board, ALA members...
Noted & Quoted
"[Libraries were] my second home growing up when I was a kid. There was a library a mile and half from my house. We spent every day there, my sister and I. It was our babysitter--sorry, librarians, I know you don't love that. But it was. I had my first...
Organizational Barriers: Changing the Teen Services Framework to Get outside of the Library
You need to get out of the library to build relationships and find out what teen interests are." Workshop participants frequently hear me say that, and the response to my statement is almost always agreement. Yet I find, over and over, that public...
OUR Vocation IS Information: EXPLORING THE WAYS LIBRARIANSHIP JOURNALISM CAN WORK TOGETHER
Citing your source. Presenting information in a non-biased way, with just the facts. Letting people make up their own mind, not telling them what to think." When longtime freelance journalist Alison Peters was pondering a career change, she says the...
Reaching Patrons on the Go: Connecting Library Patrons with Digital Resources
Many factors can keep a potential library patron from making it to a library location--work schedules, transportation, ability to travel. Digital offerings have helped libraries reach more people, but making sure they are aware of and easily able to...
Restricting Books Behind Bars: Books-to-Prisoners Groups Face Roadblocks
Backlash was swift when it was publicized in January that the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) had begun requiring that packages to prisoners come from a handful of state-approved vendors only. While the...
Supporting Middle School Reading: Using a Data Dashboard to Create a Community of Readers
Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, New York, wanted to find out what its students were reading independently. School Librarian Kelsey Cohen helped set up a system that encourages kids to log their reading choices and gives both students and teachers...
The Librarian's Guide to HOMELESSNESS: Advice for Managers and Leaders from the Director of a Shelter
It was 3 a.m. A woman struggling to carry her three children--a newborn and twin toddlers in car seats--shuffled along an urban bicycle trail during the first thunderstorm of the season. Her days-old C-section incision was infected. Every flash of...
Value and Impact: Making Progress toward Strengthening the Future of ALA, Libraries
My service as president of the American Library Association (ALA) will end at the close of the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. It has been a challenging, provocative, and rousing year. We have made important progress in several...
When Ransomware Attacks: How Three Libraries Handled Cyberextortion
On the morning of January 29, a library technician at Spartanburg County (S.C.) Public Library (SCPL) encountered a notice on the library website announcing that its computers had been encrypted with ransomware. The library immediately shut down all...
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