November 24, 2017

Archives for March 2002

Gifts Help NYU Modernize Bobst Library

By LJ Staff Thanks to two major gifts, New York University will undertake a major modernization and physical renewal of its central Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, which opened in 1973 and now houses 3.3 million volumes. Carol Mandel, dean of the NYU libraries, announced that Mamdouha Bobst has given $10 million and Kevin and Madeline […]

Canadian Library Association Head Leaves Job

By LJ Staff Executive Director Vicki Whitmell left the Canadian Library Association (CLA) March 20 to “seek new challenges in the Library and Information community,” the Association announced March 21. Whitmell was cited for “a number of significant contributions” during her nearly four-year tenure. Longtime CLA member Gwynneth Evans will manage current projects during a […]

New York Libraries Get Boost from Mellon

By LJ Staff The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given the three New York City circulating library systems, as well as the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library, grants as part of a special post-9/11 fund to assist New York City cultural and performing arts organizations. NYPL received $1.9 million for the branch […]

Tech Visionary Brett Butler Succumbs to Stroke

By LJ Staff Brett Butler, who founded Information Access Company and other technological ventures, died March 22, after suffering a stroke a week earlier. He was 61. A well-known figure in library circles, he earned an MLS from San Jose State University in 1974. Butler was a jack of all trades in the library field, […]

LC Seeks $7.5M Supplementary Copyright Appropriation

By LJ Staff The backlog of undelivered and irradiated mail has not only changed lobbying in Washington, it has cost the Library of Congress (LC) significant revenues in copyright registration fees. According to the Library of Congress Gazette, the weekly staff newspaper, copyright revenue dropped by $2.5 million during the first four months of the […]

Nixon Library Sues President’s Feuding Kin

By LJ Staff The board of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library has filed lawsuits to gain control of a $19 million bequest that is the center of a struggle between the late president’s daughters Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower. While both daughters want the library to have access to the money, they disagree […]

Will Americans Support Libraries To Increase Internet Access?

By LJ Staff In a survey conducted as part of an assessment of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Library Program, researchers from the University of Washington found that Americans express willingness to pay higher taxes or fees to support free access to computers and the Internet in public libraries. Those surveyed said they […]

Gates Program Reaching Target, Adding Mexico

By LJ Staff The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Library Program will have placed 40,000 computers in nearly 10,000 libraries in all 50 states by the end of 2003, the scheduled close of the program. Training and installation are already complete in 25 states as part of the $250 million commitment to bring public […]

‘Freedom Summer’ Wins Ezra Jack Keats Awards

By Susan Dimattia Deborah Wiles and Jerome Lagarrigue, who wrote and illustrated Freedom Summer (Atheneum), are winners of the 15th Annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator awards. The award coincides with the 40th anniversary of the publication of Keats’s 1963 Caldecott winner, Snowy Day (Viking), in which an African-American child, Peter, is […]

House Committee Passes LSTA Reauthorization at $300M

By LJ Staff The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has passed and reported out the Museum and Library Services Act of 2002, reauthorizing library programs at $300 million for 2003 and “such sums” from 2004-2008. While this is not the $500 million sought by library advocates, it represents a doubling of the 1996 […]