November 24, 2017

Archives for April 2002

ebrary Goes International

By LJ Staff Following its recent introduction of the elibrarian product and its content partnerships with additional U.S.-based publishers, ebrary has announced an even larger expansion. This time the company has cut deals with three international resellers. Coutts Library Services, which has been selling products and services to libraries since 1969, will resell the ebrarian […]

SparkNotes Study Guides Hitting Bookstores in July

By LJ Staff SparkNotes has announced a new line of Study Guides for undergrads and high schoolers. Started by Harvard University students, SparkNotes now is owned by Barnes & Noble, but the new Study Guide line will be distributed to bookstores by Sterling Publishing. Some 150 of the guides will be available in July, each […]

Chattahoochee Valley Adds DartClix

By LJ Staff The Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System, Columbus, GA, is enhancing its OPAC via Brodart Automation’s DartClix. By utilizing DartClix, the library will be able to add MARC records for thousands of cataloged web sites to its bibliographic file, which patrons simply can click on the URL in the record to go directly […]

Indianapolis PL Receives $11 Million Grant

By LJ Staff The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation (IMCPLF) has received a commitment of an $11 million grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. to renovate the downtown central library. From the grant, $5 million will support the Family Information Center. Another $4 million will be devoted toward the new facility’s Atrium, […]

ALA Issues Call to Action on Supreme Court Copyright Case

By LJ Staff Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to review the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act–which extended copyright periods by an additional 20 years–representatives of several library groups are preparing an amicus brief detailing the negative impact of the law on scholarship. Originally, the constitution provided for copyrights lasting […]

LC’s Virtual Reference Project Becomes QuestionPoint

By LJ Staff The Library of Congress’s (LC) much-vaunted (and unwieldy-sounding) Collaborative Digital Reference Service has been renamed QuestionPoint in anticipation of a launch in June. The new service, jointly produced by LC and OCLC, replaces the pilot service hosted at LC. Current CDRS members will not be automatically transferred but must subscribe to the […]

Satirical Bookmark Removed After Protest

By LJ Staff Brian Smith, creator of the Laughing Librarian web site, thought that the ALA’s National Library Week campaign “Rediscover America @ your library” was stupid and offensive to Native Americans. So, as he wrote the Laughing Librarian’s own bookmark was posted–with clipart conquistadors shooting a clipart cartoon Indian painted with some blood. “The […]

Stanford Scholars Mark 50th Anniversary of Ellison’s Invisible Man

By LJ Staff A trio of top scholars marked the 50th anniversary of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man with a symposium at Stanford University on April 18. Stanford’s own Arnold Rampersad noted that the book, the first by a black writer to win the National Book Award, received more critical responses from the black press than […]

Basic Adds Counterpoint Fiction Imprint

By LJ Staff Following its recent merger with Running Press, Perseus Books announced it will relocate its Counterpoint fiction imprint from Washington, DC, to New York where it will merge with Basic Books. John Donatich, Basic’s VP and publisher, will add Counterpoint to his responsibilities. He asserted that Basic had always considered publishing fiction, and […]

Starting Literacy Early

By Debra Lau It’s never too early to learn. The Queens Borough Public Library and the Queens Health Network in New York have an innovative way to promote literacy–all newborns from two local hospitals will go home with a gift packet of information about the importance of reading to even the youngest babies. The package […]