American Libraries Magazine

Author Sarah Vowell backstage at the PLA conference in Portland.
"Education is telling the truth to students," said author and contributing editor to National Public Radio's This American Life Sarah Vowell at the closing of the Public Library Association conference in Portland today. "You have the goods," she added.
Posted March 27, 2010 | Comments: 0
Author Luis Alberto Urrea signs books after his PLA luncheon talk. , Children's book illustrator Kadir Nelson autographs his work at the Simon & Schuster exhibit booth at PLA in Portland.
Public librarians love authors. That means that the Public Library Association conference, going on right now in Portland, Oregon, is the perfect venue for librarians to learn about new books and engage with the authors of their favorites.
Posted March 26, 2010 | Comments: 0
peace lily
In the late 1980s, a research study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America concluded that some houseplants can work double duty: Help make indoor spaces more beautiful, and purify air
Posted March 26, 2010 | Comments: 0
Jill Nishi of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces the release of a new study of public library use at PLA in Portland.
"The demand is insatiable," said Jill Nishi of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this morning at the Public Library Association conference in Portland, Oregon, as she announced the release of a new and far-reaching study of public library use in the United States.
Posted March 25, 2010 | Comments: 0
Singer Natalie Merchant and her musicians perform at PLA in Portland., Journalist Nicholas Kristof chats with librarians while signing copies of his book Half the Sky.
The Public Library Association conference in Portland, Oregon, opened today with a surprise appearance by singer Natalie Merchant, performing songs from a new CD of poems set to music and titled Leave Your Sleep.
Posted March 24, 2010 | Comments: 0
Screenshot of AquaBrowser's SaaS version
Yesterday afternoon I met up with some of the AL editors for a quick overview of a few of my favorite browser-based (i.e., cloud or SaaS) photo editing programs.
Posted March 24, 2010 | Comments: 0
Nature Explorium logo
Middle Country Public Library in New York has accomplished something extraordinary. It will be the first library in the country to offer an outdoor learning environment, in the form of a 5,000-square-foot community classroom.
Posted March 24, 2010 | Comments: 0
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“I don't know what truth is. Truth is something unattainable. We can't think we're creating truth with a camera.
Posted March 19, 2010 | Comments: 0
For one year only, Library Advocacy Day will replace National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).  On June 29, 2010, library advocates from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. will meet at Upper Senate Park on the U.S. Capitol grounds.   The event, which will begin at 11 a.m., will feature guest speakers, photo ops, and a chance to cheer on libraries!  After the rally, participants will meet with their elected officials and their staffs. Your NLLD coordinator will be running point for your state, so please get in touch with them if you plan to attend.  To find out whom your NLLD coordinator is, please click here. The states with the most people will be featured front and center, which means they are the ones that will be in the majority of pictures.  Make sure your state is the most represented so your group can be in the most pictures! More details will be on their way in the next month, so please stay tuned!
Posted March 19, 2010 | Comments: 0
What is NMRT-L?
Posted March 19, 2010 | Comments: 0