November 24, 2017

Archives for October 2002

In Massachusetts, Some Libraries May Charge Fees

By LJ Staff To cope with a 24 percent cut in state aid over two fiscal years, some libraries in Massachusetts may charge fees to regain revenue. According to a survey by the Boston Globe, the director of the Westford Public Library will ask trustees to allow the library to charge for interlibrary loans from […]

Multnomah’s Cooper to Head Brooklyn PL

By LJ Staff Ginnie Cooper, Director of the Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR, will become the new director of the Brooklyn Public Library, which has had an interim head since Martin Gomez left in January to head the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library. While no official announcement has been issued, […]

Charlotte Director Apologizes After Sexually-Explicit Reading

By LJ Staff Robert Cannon, director of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, has apologized for not warning the audience at the Novello Festival of Reading about a sexually explicit passage read by author Jim Grimsley. According to the Charlotte Observer, Grimsley read a 15-page excerpt from his book Boulevard on October 16 […]

Yann Martel Wins Man Booker Prize

By LJ Staff Canadian author Yann Martel was chosen from a stable of six finalists to win the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction–roughly Britain’s equivalent to the Pulitzer–for his novel, Life of Pi, published by the Edinburgh-based Canongate. It is the 39-year-old author’s second novel. The plot follows protagonist Pi, who loses his family […]

LITA Tackles Tough Tech Issues at 2002 National Forum

By LJ Staff Clifford Lynch’s theory of “a new period of innovation and instability,” expressed at the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum, was borne out in the many sessions that revealed librarians pushing technology to increase the visibility and reach of their institutions and resources. The October 10-13 forum, which had capacity […]

LC’s Second National Book Festival Draws Crowd

By LJ Staff The second National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress (LC) drew as many as 45,000 guests to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol October 12. According to LC, 70 authors and storytellers were joined by pro basketball stars Jerry Stackhouse, Bob Lanier, and Tiny Archibald, roving children’s book characters such […]

Rona Jaffe Writers’ Awards Presented in New York City

By LJ Staff The Rona Jaffe Foundation recently presented its annual Writers’ Awards in New York City’s famous Rainbow Room. The Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to women’s writing by increasing this year’s grant prizes for its six winners to a hefty $10,000 apiece, which the group said are awarded to “make writing time available and […]

Harry Potter’s Magic Number is Seven

By LJ Staff J.K Rowling has quashed burgeoning speculation that there will be an eighth Harry Potter novel. “There is no truth to the rumor,” the author said through her British agent Neil Blair. “The plan is to have only seven books in the series.” Word of a possible eighth title surfaced recently when additional […]

Winnipeg Public Stays with epixtech

By LJ Staff The Winnipeg Public Library (WPL), Manitoba, will continue its long-term relationship with epixtech, having employed the company’s automation solutions during its several incarnations. WPL began its association with the vendor in 1989 with the installation of a Dynix system and now has signed on the line for a Horizon Sunrise along with […]

JSTOR Adds Language & Literature Titles

By LJ Staff JSTOR is now offering its sixth journal collection, Language and Literature, which the not-for-profit organization describes as “a compendium of 47 titles spanning the literary cultures of many nations, including China, Germany, Africa, and the United States.” Together, the titles in the collection comprise 1.4 million pages. Titles covered include American Literary […]