November 24, 2017

Archives for June 2002

Flap Over Newspapers at Hartford Public Library

By LJ Staff Officials at the Hartford Public Library were seething this week over an article that appeared last week in the Hartford Courant, sharply questioning the library’s discarding of materials, including clippings, negatives, and photos of the now-defunct Hartford Times. Reporters at the Courant found 25 bags of materials in a dumpster, prompting Hartford […]

Ehrenreich: Librarians Suffer ‘Drastic Underpayment’

By LJ Staff “Libraries don’t open at 8 [a.m.], what is this?” asked author Barbara Ehrenreich as she began her speech last Tuesday at the closing session of the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta. The large group turned out to hear her talk about her book Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America […]

ALA Conference Attendance Down, Reorganization Stalled

By Susan DiMattia High on the agenda of the American Library Association’s (ALA) conference in Atlanta were efforts to finalize the bylaws and budget for the new ALA/Allied Professional Association (APA). The new organization, which has a 501 (c) (6) status, was recently created as an advocacy arm to seek higher salaries for librarians. ALA […]

Librarians Meet With MN Officials Over State Library

By LJ Staff Concerned about the fate of the gutted state library agency several Minnesota library leaders and their lobbyists met June 20 with Commissioner Christine Jax and Assistant Commissioner Ken Hasledalen of the Department of Children, Families, and Learning (CFL). The advocates both stated their displeasure with CFL’s action and aimed to “ensure the continuity […]

Gaylord Names Wagner Business Development VP

By LJ Staff Gaylord Information Services (GIS) is looking to expand its offerings further through partnerships for third-party products. To that end, the company has promoted four-year company veteran Anita Wagner to VP, Business Development. She will take the lead in “negotiating with potential partners to integrate their software into the Polaris library automation system.” […]

Kluwer E-Book Library Service Improves

By LJ Staff Kluwer Online has improved its electronic book program, Institutional eBooks, and is now offering libraries online access to roughly 450 volumes. The books, principally titles in biomedicine, chemistry, computer science/electrical engineering, physical sciences/materials science, and the social sciences, can be downloaded in Adobe’s Acrobat e-book format—essentially PDF files. According to Kluwer, librarians […]

Sagebrush Debuts PatronPorter

By LJ Staff Sagebrush Corporation’s new edition of its PatronPorter—though more for the K-12 market—has been released for the Winnebago Spectrum platform, which should interest public librarians. According to Sagebrush, “PatronPorter converts patron record files from existing databases, such as school administration, food service, and transportation systems, into a Spectrum-compatible file that can be imported […]

Salaries Issue Emerges at ALA Conference

By LJ Staff Attendance at the American Library Association Conference in Atlanta showed a predictable downturn (21,130, nearly 5500 below totals from the 2001 session in San Francisco), given the pressure on library budgets and the effect of the Public Library Association conference in March. (There were 6419 exhibitors, down 1451 from 2001.) Still, attendees […]

CIPA Case Appealed to Supreme Court

By LJ Staff As expected, the U.S. Justice Department announced June 20 that it would appeal the decision in the case of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to the U.S. Supreme Court. Given that the court likely won’t hear arguments in the case until early next year, a ruling might not be issued until […]

Russell, Vaidhyanathan Push Issue of Copyright

By LJ Staff ALA copyright specialist Carrie Russell, in a rousing closing speech to an ACRL-sponsored session entitled “Pirates on the Commons: Legal and Political Assaults on Information Access by the Expanding Domain of Copyright,” drilled home this message: “Our position on [copyright] is the right position.” Also, in a pronounced shift in the way […]