November 18, 2017

Archives for October 2002

Capital Campaign Reaches Goal, Sandusky Renovation Near End

By LJ Staff The Sandusky Library, OH, recently completed a $3 million capital campaign to support a major renovation and expansion project. The capital campaign supplements a $7.2 million bond issue passed by voters in 1998. Revenue from the bond covered basic construction costs and architectural fees. With grants from local foundations, the library purchased […]

Scarecrow’s Lambert Named to Head American Library in Paris

By LJ Staff The American Library in Paris (ALP) board of trustees has selected Shirley Lambert as the new director of the library, which with 90,000 volumes, constitutes the largest English-language collection in continental Europe. Lambert joins the ALP from Scarecrow Press, where she has been associate publisher and editorial director for the past seven […]

National Book Festival Is a Success–Thanks to State Efforts

By Lynn Blumenstein Close to 50,000 people turned out on October 12 for the second National Book Festival on the grounds of the U.S Capitol. The event, hosted by First Lady Laura Bush, featured Russia’s First Lady Liudmilla Putin as the guest of honor. There were various pavilions highlighting children and young adults books, mysteries […]

ARL Announces Its 2002-2003 Board Of Directors

By LJ Staff The recently concluded fall membership meeting of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) saw Fred M. Heath, Dean of the University Libraries at Texas A&M University, begin his one-year term as President, and the election of three new board members. Those board members, elected to three-year terms, are Rush Miller, University Librarian, […]

Brooklyn College Opens Library, Largest in CUNY

By LJ Staff Brooklyn College on October 17 officially opened its new 277,000 square foot library–the largest library in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The $72 million project, designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, houses both physical and digital collections; the college archives; a new media center, and both academic computing […]

In Slumping Economy, Academic Libraries Face Crisis

By LJ Staff Academic libraries in nearly every state are experiencing fiscal pain. Although legislators across the country profess their earnest desire to shield higher education as best they can, such massive shortfalls mean cuts are inevitable. “This is a budget crisis,” declared Helen Spalding, Associate Director of Libraries at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, […]

More Bad News in Minneapolis: Funding Cuts

By LJ Staff Yes, the Minneapolis Public Library has a new $122.5 million downtown library on the way. But it has trouble finding a director. And now the library must confront an expected $1.5 million shortfall that may lead to closing of branches, and cuts in staff and hours. According to the Star-Tribune, library board […]

Wake County Considering Expansion

By LJ Staff The Wake County Library, NC, is considering a $53 million plan to build eight new public libraries and replace four old ones by 2010. According to a presentation by library director Tom Moore to county commissioners, more libraries need to be built to keep pace with the county’s population, which ballooned by […]

REFORMA Announces 2002 Mora Award

By Luann Toth The Multnomah County (OR) Library has been named the recipient of the 2002 Estela and Raúl Mora Award, which recognizes participation in Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros, a national initiative to celebrate childhood and foster bilingual literacy. The library’s month-long celebration leading up to the April 30th observance was […]

FTRF, Other Groups, Sue to Reveal Patriot Act Subpoenas

By LJ Staff The Freedom to Read Foundation, the American Library Association’s sibling organization, along with three other groups, filed a lawsuit October 24 under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to learn how many subpoenas have been issued to libraries, bookstores, and newspapers under the U.S.A. Patriot Act. The Justice Department had not replied […]