American Libraries Magazine

Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks
Filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks produced a short film that looks at how library branches in New York City have evolved into community centers that offer an array of services and programs despite budget cuts.
Posted June 6, 2014 | Comments: 0
An old British train-platform-ticket machine. Photo from Flickr, taken by Smabs Sputzer, April 22, 2008
Back in January of this year, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection published a report about how the state’s public libraries could gain fairer access to
Posted June 5, 2014 | Comments: 0
Chicago Public Library logo
Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Maker Lab, a program that provides access to MakerBot 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, and other 21st-century technologies, has attracted the support of a corporate sponsor that will extend its life.
Posted June 5, 2014 | Comments: 0
Classic-style boxing gloves. Photo by Ralf Berger CC BY-SA 3.0
Lately, there has been a lot of press about the conflict between Amazon and Hachette. Let’s examine the facts.
Posted June 4, 2014 | Comments: 0
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Read the Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries Ebook Report as a PDF file.
Posted June 3, 2014 | Comments: 0
In the animal world, there are many ways two species can interact. They may compete. They may partner. They may form symbiotic relationships. Or one may prey on the other. 
Posted June 2, 2014 | Comments: 0
(Clockwise from left to right): W. M. Tharanga Dilruk Ranasinghe from Sri Lanka, Leonila Reyes from the Philippines, Franklin Flores Urrutia from El Salvador, Sonam Wangdi from Bhutan, and Olufunmilayo Fati from Nigeria with AL Associate Editor Mariam Pera at the ALA office in Chicago.
Five librarians from developing countries visited ALA headquarters on May 30 as part of the annual Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship program, and spoke with American Libraries about their experiences.
Posted May 30, 2014 | Comments: 0
E-reader among the print books
Libraries—both public and academic—are in the business of gathering, organizing, and presenting to the public the intellectual content of our culture. To some extent, we’re also responsible for the preservation of that content.
Posted May 30, 2014 | Comments: 0
The July/Aug. 1977 cover story of AL featured The Speaker
Controversy consumed the 1977 ALA Annual Conference in Detroit over The Speaker,  a narrative film commissioned by ALA and produced by the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC).
Posted May 29, 2014 | Comments: 0
Author and poet Maya Angelou died May 28 at age 86.
Posted May 28, 2014 | Comments: 3