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  1. Advocate. Today.

    One hour a day makes a difference Courtney L. Young The first few months of my tenure as president of ALA have been amazingly full and rewarding. At once exhilarating, educational, and sometimes exhausting, this time has reinforced one of my own longest a ...

    LBORMAN - 09/12/2014 - 14:53 - American Libraries Magazine

  2. Intellectual Freedom: A Core Tenet

    By Karen Muller For 75 years, since ALA Council first adopted the Library Bill of Rights in 1939, challenging censorship has been a core tenet of librarianship. The essays in the 2014 edition of Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read, by Robert P. ...

    PMOREHART - 09/15/2014 - 12:42 - American Libraries Magazine

  3. Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me?

    A dozen things no one tells you about library building projects By Tim Schlak In August 2013, Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, completed a large building project: a $14 million, 58,000-square-foot learning commons. I was library director at the ...

    PMOREHART - 09/10/2014 - 17:26 - American Libraries Magazine

  4. Long Nights Build Library Use

    Greg Landgraf The idea of an all-nighter might not hold much appeal past a certain age. Many librarians, however, are using all-nighters to build an enthusiastic audience of student users through the Long Night Against Procrastination. One student at Croz ...

    LBORMAN - 09/09/2014 - 16:30 - American Libraries Magazine

  5. The 2014 Library Design Showcase

    By Phil Morehart Welcome to the 2014 Library Design Showcase, our annual celebration of new and newly renovated libraries. These libraries are shining examples of innovative architecture that address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. ...

    PMOREHART - 09/03/2014 - 15:13 - American Libraries Magazine

  6. Eyeing the New Diversity

    An emerging paradigm for recruitment and retention By Alexia Hudson-Ward Workplace diversity management in our field has primarily focused on increasing the number of underrepresented populations among our ranks. Yet, an emerging paradigm shift that eleva ...

    bgoldberg - 08/18/2014 - 16:14 - American Libraries Magazine

  7. ReadersFirst Eases the Ebook Experience

    By Phil Morehart After more than a year of development and research, the ReadersFirst Guide to Library Ebook Vendors (PDF file), which compiles information on ebook vendors and their products and then rates them on ease of use and efficiency, is available ...

    PMOREHART - 08/13/2014 - 14:57 - American Libraries Magazine

  8. Custom Library Book Bikes Roll Out Across US

    Libraries from Cleveland to Seattle have adopted special bike programs to carry books and services around town with old-fashioned pedal power By Chris Francis In Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where winter temperatures reached a record low of –11°F the first we ...

    ssinharoy - 08/13/2014 - 11:13 - American Libraries Magazine

  9. Newsmaker: An Interview with Azar Nafisi

    In Iran, whoever goes to jail because of what they write is a hero in the eyes of the people,” author Azar Nafisi says. Through her 2003 memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran, which spent 117 weeks on the New York Times best­seller list, and Things I’ve Been Si ...

    bgoldberg - 08/13/2014 - 10:47 - American Libraries Magazine

  10. Supporting Print, Digital, and Mobile

    Multiple platforms in the ALA exhibit hall by Marshall Breeding The exhibit hall at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas provided both a respite from the weather and a chance to learn about the latest developments in library technology. As the world’s l ...

    geberhart - 08/07/2014 - 09:04 - American Libraries Magazine