American Libraries video site celebrates first birthday with Top Ten Videos

Contact: Daniel Kraus

Associate Editor,
American Libraries

(312) 280-4219


For Immediate Release

June 3, 2008

American Libraries video site celebrates first birthday

with Top Ten Videos

CHICAGO - American Libraries Focus (ALF), the video home of
American Libraries magazine, debuted in June 2007. Since then, the site’s collection of nearly 70 videos has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Editor Daniel Kraus celebrates ALF's birthday by posting 10 of the most popular videos in the "Featured Video" and "Editor's Picks" section on the homepage (

“ALF has been an invaluable tool for reaching out to people who otherwise might not know about
American Libraries or the ALA,” says Leonard Kniffel, the magazine’s editor in chief. “In fact ALF is coming off its biggest success yet, a series of eight National Library Week videos starring Chicago improv comic Shad Kunkle. The videos have been viewed at least 80,000 times as well as being embedded in dozens of blogs, library websites and information monitors. That’s a lot of eyeballs!” The most popular NLW video alone, "Reference Desk" ( has been viewed roughly 25,000 times.

The videos to be included in the Top 10 are:

National Library Week: Reference Desk

Magnum, A.L.

Annual 2007 Wrap-up

Short Pencil Saga

Wheel of Confusion #1

We've Been Everywhere

Welcome to Anaheim - ALA Annual Conference 2008 Preview

FBI Whistleblower Answers Questions

A Conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

This "best of" feature will stay in place until the ALA Annual Conference begins in Anaheim, Calif. on June 26.

All the NLW videos can be found at on the AL Focus site. ALF has also recently created a new YouTube version of the website, accessible at All ALF videos are now iPod-compatible and available for download in your choice of three formats: Quicktime, MPEG-4, and Flash. Instructions are at

ALF editor Daniel Kraus is the creative force behind most of the videos, writing and producing the pieces as well making the occasional cameo appearance. In addition to his work at the ALA, Kraus is a well-respected filmmaker whose recent documentary “Musician” was featured in the
New York Times as a critic’s choice.

American Libraries, which celebrated its centennial year in 2007, can be found at .