November 19, 2017

Archives for December 2002

British Library Staff Suspended for Porn Viewing

By LJ Staff The British Library has suspended nine staffers for allegedly using their work computers to access hardcore Internet pornography, according to the Evening Standard. The staffers face a disciplinary hearing. While a library spokesman confirmed the suspensions, there was no suggestion of criminal activity. Confidentiality precluded any discussion of details. A source said […]

Penn State Libraries May Limit Cell Phones

By LJ Staff Student sentiment has prompted the University Faculty Senate at Penn State University to move toward banning cell phone use from most areas of campus libraries. A resolution should be in place by the end of next semester, reported the campus Collegian. The initiative came from the Undergraduate Student Government Academic Assembly. While […]

WA Official: Don’t Cut State Library

By LJ Staff Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, who oversees the Washington State Library, has urged that Gov. Gary Locke’s proposed cuts be rejected. “Even crippling this institution by thinning its already bare-bones budget is illogical and poses consequences that transcend generations,” wrote Reed in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Because the library has already taken […]

Internet Filters Block Useful Health Information

By W. M. Internet filters in schools and libraries are impeding children’s access to helpful health information. Software set to highly restrictive levels blocks 91 percent of online pornography, as well as 24 percent of Web sites dealing with health issues. However, filters set to their least restrictive settings block only 1.4 percent of health […]

Florida State Librarian Wilkins to Retire

By LJ Staff Barratt Wilkins, one of the country’s most veteran state librarians, will retire as state librarian and director of the Florida Division of Library and Information Services as of January 6. “He has been an outstanding public servant and state librarian, and we will all miss him,” said Secretary of State Jim Smith. […]

Investigation Promised Over UConn Law Library’s Faulty Facade

By LJ Staff Six years after the opening of the University of Connecticut’s beautiful, $24 million law library, school and state officials say they will launch an investigation to find out who is responsible for a major construction defect. According to the Hartford Courant, an architectural firm hired by the university has concluded that the […]

Actor Eastwood Files $10 Million Suit Against St. Martin’s

By LJ Staff Flinty actor/director Clint Eastwood is living up to his tough guy image by filing a $10 million lawsuit against author Patrick McGilligan and publisher St. Martin’s over an unauthorized biography. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, CA, asserts that the volume Clint: The Life of a Legend, […]

Chef Dishes $15 Million to University Library

By LJ Staff Doris and Jay Christopher, founders of the Pampered Chef Ltd., a leading seller of housewares, has donated $15 million to Valparaiso University, IN, which will be applied toward a new library. The university has raised a remarkable $121 million–well above the initial goal of $75 million–to pay the estimated $33 million price […]

Sirsi Names Don McCall COO

By LJ Staff Sirsi Corporation will start 2003 with Don McCall joining the company as chief operating officer. According to the vendor, McCall will “oversee a number of key business and strategic elements, including customer support, product management, implementation and training, product development, and library products.” Though he doesn’t come from a library background, McCall […]

Jane Burke Quits Endeavor, Elsevier’s Roland Dietz Takes Helm

By LJ Staff Endeavor Information Systems is ending 2002 with a leadership change. The company announced December 26 that President and CEO Jane Burke would resign at year’s end and be succeeded by Roland Dietz, managing director of Global Sales and Marketing for the Science and Technology division of the vendor’s parent company, Elsevier. Burke […]