American Libraries Magazine

MLIS and MFA students at the University of Alabama’s School of Library & Information Studies (SLIS) have joined together to raise funds for the recovery and reconstruction of libraries in Haiti that were ru
Posted May 3, 2010 | Comments: 0
Every day we hear about more libraries facing budget cuts—and worse! Please send an e-mail to your governor and your representatives today to let them know how important libraries are to you!
Posted May 3, 2010 | Comments: 0
ALA Treasurer Rod Hersberger, whose term ends after this year's Annual Conference in June, delivered a report today on the American Library Association's financial picture. His assessment is scheduled for publication in the June-July issue of American Libraries, but here's a preview:
Posted May 3, 2010 | Comments: 0
Election results just announced: Molly Raphael  has been elected 2011-2012 president of the American Library Association, and James Neal was elected ALA treasurer for the 2010-2013 term.  Raphael is the former director of Multnomah County Library in Oregon, and Neal is university librarian at Columbia University in
Posted April 30, 2010 | Comments: 0
"Wetland Whimsy" painted rain barrel by Andrea Riley
It’s Thursday morning and my shelter-adopted canine companion and I have just returned from our morning walk. I can feel rain in the air. The local weather person has also predicated its arrival just in time for the weekend. After our walk, I add an item to my to-do list: get a rain barrel.
Posted April 29, 2010 | Comments: 0
Tim O'Reilly speaking at DrupalCon San Francisco, April 20, 2010.
"The change we need," according to Tim O'Reilly, keynote speaker on day two of DrupalCon San Francisco, "is DIY on a civic scale.
Posted April 28, 2010 | Comments: 0
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It’s 6 p.m. on a Monday evening. Twelve people are gathering to discuss a community project at their local library.  A printed agenda is passed out, as well as numerous meeting notes. Most will not be referred to again after the meeting ends, so they will find their way to the sole trash can in the room.
Posted April 27, 2010 | Comments: 0
Satia Orange, former director of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, wrote this morning to say that former librarian Khafre K. Abif is planning to "Cycle for Freedom" by taking a 2,028-mile bike trip from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada, embarking June 27.
Posted April 27, 2010 | Comments: 0
Posted April 26, 2010 | Comments: 0
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Last night on PBS, I viewed Food, Inc. for the first time.  In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes the state of our current food supply system which, to our detriment, puts profit ahead of consumer health, endangers the livelihood of the American f
Posted April 22, 2010 | Comments: 0