November 22, 2017

Archives for February 2003

Book Honors 150th Anniversary at Cincinnati/Hamilton PL

By LJ Staff The 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati area’s library services is commemorated with the publication of Free & Public: One Hundred and Fifty Years at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County 1853-2003. Beginning with the book’s launch on February 1, a number of activities in the coming months will highlight the […]

Sri Lankan Library Under Siege

By LJ Staff The Sri Lankan government’s plans to reopen a library in Jaffna were halted February 14 by political strife with local rebels. The library recently had been rebuilt to replace the original facility, which was torched by political mobs 22 years ago. The library served the Tamil ethnic group, and when anti-Tamil Sinhalese […]

Tacoma Public Library Unveils Super Saturdays for Kids and Families

By Susan DiMattia The Tacoma (WA) Public Library recently unveiled Super Saturdays@the Library, a yearlong series of free programs for children and families. A $12,000 grant from Mervyn’s Department Store will pay for visits by a Japanese drumming ensemble, storytellers, puppet troupes, and Jack Prelutsky, author of more than 30 books of poetry for young […]

Florida State Library Collection to Go to University; Librarians Outraged

By LJ Staff Confirming what librarians suspected, Florida officials announced February 25 that the Florida State Library’s circulating collection of some 670,000 items, nearly half of them books, would be moved to the library of the private Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Nova would also get $5 million over four years for upkeep of […]

Bankruptcy Filing for divine; Little Money Left for Libraries

By LJ Staff As anticipated, the troubled divine inc. has filed for bankruptcy. However, as the Chicago Sun-Times reported, the February 25 filing was accompanied by the announcement that a private equity firm, GTCR Golder Rauner LLC, would like to acquire divine’s consulting, software, and web hosting businesses. The offer, however, is $50 million-which suggests […]

Fairfax County Requesting Library Donations in Tax Forms

By LJ Staff Fairfax County, VA, has come up with an innovative way to raise funding for public services, including libraries. Now included in real estate and personal property tax forms that are mailed to citizens twice a year are additional papers soliciting donations either to libraries, schools, or parks. “People can target their contributions […]

Pennsylvania Forces ISPs to Block Porn Sites

By LJ Staff Pennsylvania is forcing Internet providers to block web sites that include child pornography, which means a large amount of legitimate material is blocked, thus disturbing civil libertarians. According to the AP, lawyers from the Center for Democracy and Technology want Pennsylvania’s attorney general to explain what the state is doing. The center […]

Annex Demolished at Indianapolis Main Library

By LJ Staff The next phase in the $104 million transformation of the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library’s (MCPL) Central Library has begun with the demolition of its five-story annex. This will be followed by the demolition of the northern portion of the original building, which housed the book stacks. The project involves the construction […]

JSTOR Reports Progress On Open Proxy Issue

By LJ Staff It’s amazing what a little awareness can do, say JSTOR officials. After detecting an organized effort to exploit open proxy servers to illegally access content from the JSTOR databases, JSTOR officials report that many of the open proxies that once offered backdoors into university library collections have been closed. Proxy servers allow […]

All Urban Libraries Now Offer Internet Access

By Lynn Blumenstein All urban public libraries in the U.S. now offer public access to the Internet, says a study by Florida State University’s Information Use Management and Policy Institute of the School of Information Studies. Rural libraries fare a bit worse, with 97.8 percent offering Internet access in 2002, up from 93.3 percent reported […]