Filmmaker Ken Burns called the National Parks “America’s Best Idea.” Their libraries may be one of America’s best-kept secrets.
How the personal touch can sow the seeds for a major acquisition
Getting the word out to the public about collection preservation
The project seeks to digitize the country’s cultural archives and share them—free of charge—with the public
When is it okay to block speech online?
Learning financial literacy is a sure bet thanks to the FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Four candidates unveil their campaign statements and appeal to ALA members for their vote
Report on Guatemala and Honduras libraries
Want to incorporate new ideas into your library’s digital strategy? Here are some tips
With free clinics and expert panelists, San Diego County Library has been at the forefront of helping residents find relief during the housing crisis
More than 25 years in the making, the most significant public building to open in post-communist Romania faces an undefined future
Students, faculty given access to materials and information not normally seen
It’s a whole new world for digital access, a round table of fair-use experts agree
2013 Midwinter Preview
The bestselling author talks about how libraries are connecting communities
Your dining guide to Midwinter 2013
How Queens Library is stepping up in the Rockaways
AL editors recap industry highlights from 2012
10 librarians are recognized for service to their communities, schools, and campuses
How to plug into your local music scene and charge up your communities
Hands-on advice to help you stand out during a job search
By writing for the publications our users read, we build visibility—and support—in our communities
Book purchases, book lending already ended
Although it’s a year since the war officially ended, the struggle has just begun to rebuild Iraq’s cultural and educational institutions
How libraries are helping immigrants bridge the divide
An interview with Terry Kendrick, guru of strategic marketing in libraries
Distinguishing yourself from the professional herd
Many served as lifelines to residents without power
Anchorage partners with the walking dead to teach disaster preparedness
Combining town and gown
Picture this: A glimpse of your state’s libraries at work
Demonstrating the real net worth of a library degree
Visionaries and Innovators
Digital learning labs convert consumers into creators
Whether you work by choice or out of necessity, you’ll find that opportunities abound for library retirees
A snapshot of librarianship’s never-ending metamorphosis
Information resources are especially valuable to entrepreneurs in tough times
Interviews with Anne Enright, author of The Forgotten Waltz, and Robert K. Massie, author of Catherine the Great
Innovative practical technologies kept the exhibit hall buzzing
An Iowa university and Connecticut high school are reinventing recreational reading programs
More than two years after the earthquake, the country’s libraries see signs of hope
Who controls uses of your on-the-job writing?
Rapid changes are broadening the role of the “guardian of the catalog”
First Andrew Carnegie Book Medals, revamped ALA Awards presentation, new Inaugural Brunch highlight 136th Annual Conference
Embedded librarians showcase skills and resources in unique community partnerships
The next chapter in the evolution of libraries—and ALA
To strengthen the library-publisher relationship, we must begin with dialogue
New technology may prove inhospitable to privacy
A new member initiative will address the crucial issues surrounding libraries and digital content
Players in the publishing realm voice their thoughts and concerns
As technology fragments books, we must avoid fragmenting culture
Libraries and publishers are moving into a shadowy land where everything they’ve long known is up for grabs
A library’s revitalization has direct fiscal benefits for its community
New rule changes to the Americans With Disabilities Act will improve services to blind or visually impaired patrons
A successful protest against Elsevier demonstrates that populist rebellions have a place within the information-sharing community
Directional and informational signs guide patrons into and around the library
Mirroring the best practices of colleagues—while adding your own pedagogical tweaks to the mix—is what moves the profession forward
American Libraries’ annual review of the best in new and renovated library facilities
An architect’s perspective on designing for changing constituencies
How the storied struggle for women’s rights dovetails with library history
Lessons from the Woman’s Building Library at the Chicago World’s Fair
Observe, eavesdrop, ask—and the books will fly off the shelves
Celebrating the triumphs of HBCU libraries
Libraries near and far can thrive by forming “the strongest relationship”
Schools face unique challenges in their efforts to offer digital texts
The digital revolution has transformed every aspect of the publishing business
Does the durability of ebooks pose a digital danger to libraries?
Facing natural disasters, technology issues, and privatization concerns, librarians responded with advocacy and innovation
For libraries, the growing importance of digital content has repercussions that go far beyond technology
… on the transformation of the profession, the best books for children, top authors, and exhibits
Internship programs open doors and minds
Midwinter attendees won’t want for a good meal.
Special collection preserves a “primary” tradition
A library in Ohio helps veterans share their experiences
Three stories about selecting, archiving, and creating games in libraries
A guide to videogame collection development
Inside the Library of Congress’s Video Game Collection
How two library summer reading programs evolved into summer games
Find fresh ways to energize support for libraries
A powerful, no-tech social and civilizing medium: Conversation
Study challenges traditional assumptions about libraries’ roles in the community
ALA award winners stand at the profession’s pinnacle
ALA’s Emerging Leaders represent the profession’s future
Read the American Libraries news coverage of the September 11 Terrorist attacks, from the November 2001 issue
Riches-to-rags tales in retail business hold survival tips for libraries
Lyrasis gets varied collections online quickly, and cheaply, through collaboration
Emerging readers get a special welcome at Selma–Dallas County Public Library
Use students’ visual vocabulary as a learning tool
Producing film discussions that are serious cultural events
Researchers enjoy a rich, accessible archive in Winona, Minnesota
Seizing the opportunity to preserve unfettered access to information
The lowdown on high-tech trends showcased in the exhibits
Does private management have a place in public libraries?
Knowledge comes with teamwork and fun—all across the organization
How social media mustered a groundswell that saved cooperative library services
There are still telecommunications discounts to be had, even in difficult economic times
Here’s the fundamentally different approach to advocacy we need to adopt—yesterday.
A dining guide to New Orleans
It’s easy to use social media’s most popular tool to connect with your community
Winners of the 2011 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award wow judges and their communities
The television talk-show host and media mogul has championed books and libraries
Did southern congressmen swipe books from the Library of Congress in order to start a library in the Confederacy?
New combined opening session/exhibits kickoff, an extended film series, and a host of authors and speakers are on tap for 135th Annual Conference
Overcoming the legal hurdles surrounding digitization
Preservation awareness makes possible the digitization of vital records by the University of Cincinnati Library
The successful 21st-century library creates an inviting space for students
Expert Army transporters needed transportation for their own repository of recorded knowledge and culture.
Lessons from the 1991 Rally for America’s Libraries
Author and illustrator visits bring fun to early literacy program
Library events celebrate bilingual bookjoy
A new branch library emerges from an innovative collaboration
Strategies for reducing energy consumption
Candidate for ALA President
Learning in the out-of-doors as part of a library visit
Recession-stricken communities fight to retain local control
Online learning for library staff is taking shape and taking off
Processing patron passport applications enhances customer service—and your library’s bottom line
Princeton Public Library connects patrons to players
What one children’s author learned about getting the answer to a simple question
Stave off privatization with a lean, mean library management machine
ALA Connect is the library world’s communication tool
The top-ten stories to hit the AL news desk in 2010
A successful ServiceScape encourages consumer-staff interaction and makes everyone’s tasks easier.
Effective outreach services permit readers to voyage beyond their limitations
A gift from American Libraries magazine of one dozen ideals toward which libraries strive.
Sample the local cuisine at these San Diego restaurants
Youth Media Awards, celebrity authors, and what to expect from the new U. S. Congress highlight San Diego conference
The successful small public library director wears many hats smartly
Paper or electronic? Futurists have been pushing one option for years—but do we have to choose?
Pulitzer Prize winner loves the sound of poetry in the branches
Proactive security audits trump written policies
It’s simple to make financial aid opportunities known to library users
On the 40th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium, a leader in the movement remembers the early years in East Los Angeles County
Retaining the institutional knowledge of librarians who will soon leave the profession
Playing games in Houston leads to families learning and having fun together
Keynote address, “A 21st-Century Vision for Libraries” conference, October 13, Islamabad, Pakistan
Report from Washington: The big book event is a readers paradise
A dozen ideas for whipping your library into shape
Celebrating 20 years of American with Disabilities Act
How to write proposals that work
Expanding literacy services through libraries helps adults adapt and advance
A coalition in Colorado may serve as a template for other regions to establish programs critical to the development of our youngest citizens
New York Public Library develops a policy on callers who threaten suicide
As interns, undergraduate students can cultivate a career in library and information science and technology
Loyola University’s library in Chicago is setting new standards for environmental friendliness
ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., attracts 26,000 enthusiastic professionals.
Marketing takes more than cauldrons or brainstorming: Marketing needs a plan. Texas Tech University has that plan and truckloads of evidence that it works.
Four authors help kick off ALA President Roberta Stevens’s “Our Authors, Our Advocates” presidential initiative
Three years of reading programs and partnerships yield big results for children, parents, and libraries.
Can we grow technophiles who are also bibliophiles?
Shouldn’t a book club be about the fun of sharing?
Library Snapshot Day ups awareness
A guide to great restaurants to try at Annual
ALA President Camila Alire’s presidential initiative offers a systematic approach to staff participation
Libraries can stay relevant to their users by strategically riding the wave of societal trends
Librarians can shape ourselves into educators by devising our teacher identities
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s deputy director for the U.S. Libraries Initiative analyzes the spectacular statistics in a new patron...
The founder of StoryCorps talks about the central role of libraries in this national oral history project that records the lives of ordinary people.
Self-service checkout and return reduces staffing costs
Be prepared for cost overruns, finger-pointing, and bad publicity
An outreach program eases children’s anxiety and kindles their interest in books
The Winter Games were an opportunity to show the world that libraries are more than just books
With very little time you can build your skills, improve your performance, and enhance your opportunities
An underserved community gets a long-awaited branch
A crash course in taking the lead
How to carve out a niche that epitomizes service
“Accidental” project managers can benefit from following these useful tips.
Ready reference for public programming
Your library can reap resources from these nonprofits
Even non-techies can offer cutting-edge services right away
One librarian’s personal account of learning new leadership skills during a deployment in Iraq with the Army National Guard
Librarians can span the gap between students and their instructors
(with apologies to David Letterman)
Building a buzz is an effective—and free—way to create public awareness and support.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions sends positive messages home about the world financial outlook.
Public awareness is the key to more and better library use, leading to stronger and more powerful advocacy
An academic library teams with Sony to assess the technology
Five notions of childhood suggest ways to think about the services we provide
Library professionals have long been at the forefront of information technology
The demise of the compact disc signals an uncertain future for library sound recording collections.
ALA’s executive board calls this conference a spectacular success.
The 2016 Summer Olympics U.S. contender city and site of the Association’s headquarters welcomes conference-goers.
The U.S. Secretary of Education shares his views on volunteerism, No Child Left Behind, and reading readiness.
American Libraries’ Annual Conference dining guide.
A July 1995 interview with Judith Krug, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, who died April 11. The towering champion of free...
Congress made history with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed by President Obama February 17, and now libraries...
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Some people say libraries are old-fashioned, they're lost in a new society. No. It's all learning in a new environment.
Chicago Tribune, April 28, 2013
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