November 22, 2017

Archives for May 2002

Americans Library in Paris Site of Conflict

By LJ Staff The American Library in Paris, an associated with authors like Hemingway, Wharton, and Stein—has the largest collection of English-language books in Europe outside Britain. Now, reports the London Independent, the long-quiet library is the site of a heated dispute between the library’s trustees and a group of its members. The members fear […]

Sagebrush Unveils Self-Checkout Program

By Debra Lau Library automation company Sagebrush has released a self-checkout program called UCheck. The program, which works with Sagebrush’s Athena and Winnebago Spectrum automation systems, lets the library staff choose from a variety of ways in which patrons can check out materials on their own. Passwords, for example, can be assigned to ensure unauthorized […]

Calling All Librarians to Action

By Walter Minkel The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and LM_NET, an online discussion group for librarians, have issued a “Call to Action” in response to Laura Bush’s June 4 White House conference on the importance of school libraries. The two groups recommend that every school librarian in the country take advantage of this […]

House Passes ‘Kids-only’ Subdomain

By LJ Staff By a vote of 406 – 2, the House of Representatives May 21 passed a measure that would have the federal government oversee a “.kids.us” Internet subdomain limited to materials for pre-teens. At the same time, the House 396-11 passed a measure that expands wiretapping authority to target molesters who find young […]

DOJ Interviews Minneapolis PL Staffers

By LJ Staff Nearly a year after the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a preliminary finding in the case of 12 Minneapolis Public Library staffers claiming that exposure to heavy porn surfing by patrons constitutes a hostile work environment, a Department of Justice lawyer began interviewing those claimants. The EEOC finding was only […]

Spokane PL Budget Cuts Impact Staff and Services

By LJ Staff The Spokane Public Library has responded to a citywide mandate to cut budgets by 5.7 percent by eliminating or not filling 13 positions, shortening branch hours, and cutting back its materials budget. The impact will be greater than it seems at first glance, as it must be fully implemented for the remainder […]

Tattered Cover’s Meskis, Ft. Vancouver’s Morgan Win IF Awards

By LJ Staff Joyce Meskis, owner of Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, has been named the recipient of the 2002 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT). The award consists of $500 and a citation. Meskis was chosen for her long-standing dedication […]

InfoToday 2002 Shows Drop in Attendance and Vendors

By LJ Staff The InfoToday 2002 annual gathering, which combines the NationalOnline, KnowledgeNets, and E-Libraries conferences, proved an unusually small draw—a possible reflection of the sagging economy or the continuing ripples from a strong Public Library Association meeting earlier this year. Many sessions were nearly empty, with rooms offering the capacity to house hundreds dotted […]

Atlanta Fulton Selects Brodart

By LJ Staff Atlanta-Fulton PL has entered into a $1.2 million contract with Brodart for its Compleat Book Serv to be the facility’s primary book supplier through the end of 2002 with renewal options. According to Brodart, “the library will have books cataloged and processed according to their specifications, Compleat Book Serv will load records […]

Session on Tasini Case Provokes Debate

By LJ Staff One session at InfoToday 2002 that drew respectable numbers was “Author’s Rights and the Future of Full Text.” Moderator Dan Duncan, executive director of the NFAIS (National Federation of Abstracting and Information Service), set the tone for the program with the statement “the Tasini decision sent a chill through the publishing industry,” […]