November 18, 2017

Archives for February 2002

Editorial: “Either Ignorantly or Wisely”

By John N. Berry III, Editor-in-Chief The librarian’s job is tougher now. Our job description includes that difficult mandate to serve every person’s need for and right to access to information. That mission, our oldest and most important, takes on a higher priority in these dangerous times. Read the entire Editorial

Wyoming Opens Trademark Depository Library

By LJ Staff The Wyoming State Library has opened a Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL). PTDL is officially sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office “to make freely available to the public copies of U.S. patents and trademarks and the tools to search them.” The PTDL’s collection includes full-text patents from 1790 to […]

National Archives Victimized by Former Employee

By LJ Staff A former employee of the National Archives was charged with stealing historic documents and selling them to collectors. Authorities have charged Shawn P. Aubitz, 45, a 14-year veteran of the National Archives’ Philadelphia branch, with stealing as many as 100 artifacts and selling them for upwards of $100,000. The loss was discovered […]

Men’s Book Club Launched at FL Library

By LJ Staff The Land O’ Lakes Branch of the Pasco County Library System, FL, has launched a book club for men—an attempt to counter the general tendency of book groups to attract greater numbers of women. Attendance has been sparse at the first two meetings, reports the Tampa Tribune, but the founder, public service […]

Winslow Files for Chapter 11

By Walter Minkel Children Winslow Press, the publisher that attempted to integrate children’s and young adult books with its Web site, has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Winslow had hoped to avoid that predicament by securing $400,000 in new investment funds. However, the funding never materialized. The publisher, which has reorganized as Winslow […]

LC Gains Staff in FY2002 Budget

By LJ Staff The FY2002 budget for the Library of Congress (LC) includes net increase of 90 staff members and a 4.6 percent across-the-board pay raise, effective this past January. Of the 90 new staff positions, 69 support library functions—46 of them for the National Digital Library project. Two are for the American Folklife Center, […]

Filter Bill Moves Ahead in Florida

By LJ Staff Three committees of the Florida House of Representatives have approved a bill that would require public libraries to install filters or equivalent technology on any computer available to minors to block obscene descriptions, photographs, or depictions. Libraries with only one computer may choose filters at their discretion. The bill, HB 95, has […]

Cops Grab Library Computers After Child Porn Found in Garbage

By LJ Staff Police in Sun Prairie, WI, seized 26 Internet-capable PCs from the town library after pornographic pictures of children, possibly downloaded from the Internet and printed, were found in a trash can. Investigators additionally confiscated a security tape, which may show the computer being used for illicit purposes and the patron responsible. The […]

Mary Lankford Wins 2002 Grolier Foundation Award

By Debra Lau Mary D. Lankford, the director of library services for the Texas Education Agency (TEA), is the 2002 winner of the Grolier Foundation Award from the American Library Association. The $1,000 cash award and citation, donated by the Grolier Publishing Company, is the country’s highest award for a librarian serving young people in […]

FCC to Review E-rate Program

By LJ Staff The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun a “focused review” of the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Program (E-rate), which will give library advocates an opportunity to “get all its concerns on the record,” according to Claudette Tennant of the American Library Association’s Washington Office. “There’s the possibility that it might not […]