November 23, 2017

Archives for June 2003

Innovative Interfaces Participating in Shibboleth Standards Project

By LJ Staff Innovative Interfaces has joined the Shibboleth Project, a standards-based open-source development effort to help organizations exchange information about their users in a secure, and privacy preserving manner. It is described as a “venture of Internet2/ Middleware Architecture Committee for Education (MACE) to develop architectures, policy structures, practical technologies, and an open source […]

Maine Rejects ‘No Child Left Behind’

By Debra Lau Whelan The federal government may have rejected Maine’s request for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act, but it did yield some positive results. State Rep. Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston), cosponsor of the nonbinding resolution, says the move was simply “a vehicle to start a conversation” about the national education reform […]

Tulare County Cuts Hours but Not Branches

By LJ Staff The Tulare County Library, CA, will cut branch hours but not close branches, as part of an effort to save more than $350,000. The library in July also will discontinue bookmobile service and lose 10 full-time positions, though only four people will be laid off. According to the Visalia Times-Delta, the county […]

600+ Packages of Ramen Noodles Erase Fines in KC

By LJ Staff Libraries like to offer creative amnesties for overdue books, so people can donate food or gifts to erase fines. In Kansas City, MO, one patron took the offer to an extreme, donating more than 600 packages of ramen noodle – one of the cheapest forms of nonperishable goods – to clear the […]

Congratulations to our ALA Toronto Subscription Raffle Winners:

By LJ Staff The GRAND PRIZE Winner: Gloria Knipp7-12 Librarian/Tech CoordinatorMoniteau Co R-VI SchoolTipton MO Runners Up: Jennifer ShermanKent OH Ekwy OdozorTeacher-LibrarianThe Learning CentreMississauga ON Denise TateCollection DevelopmentSeminole County Public LibraryCasselberry FL Suzanne MetzSchool Library Media SpecialistRobert R. Lazar Middle SchoolMontville, NJ Thanks to all those who participated!

ALA Attendance Better than Expected

By LJ Staff It could’ve been much worse, relieved American Library Association (ALA) officials said yesterday, recounting the attendance statistics for the ALA/Canadian Library Association joint annual conference, just concluded in Toronto. Total attendance was 17,671, including 11,676 registrants (1248 of them Canadian) and 5,995 exhibitors (the number of Canadian exhibitors was not stated). Those […]

Two Restaurants, Online Store Add to Boston PL’s Offerings

By LJ Staff Boston Public Library (BPL) has initiated several ancillary ventures, designed to bring in much-needed funds. For the first time, two restaurants are part of the Copley Square location. Library officials have begun selling the items over the Internet and also are discussing increasing the bookings of private parties. The historic McKim building […]

LC Raises $10M to Buy Famed Map

By LJ Staff The Library of Congress has raised $10 million to buy of the only known copy of the 1507 world map, the first to include America as a separate land mass as described by Amerigo Vespucci after his voyages of 1501-1502 to the New World. Mapmaker Martin Waldseemüller named the new lands “America.” […]

Mayor Restores Some NYC Library Funds

By Debra Lau Whelan There’s some good news and bad news for New York City’s public libraries: Mayor Michael Bloomberg in June restored $7.6 million to the city’s three library systems to maintain five days a week of service. But the money isn’t enough to lift an ongoing hiring freeze or reinstate some programs for […]

After Supreme Court Loss, Lessig Appeals To Lawmakers

By LJ Staff After losing a Supreme Court bid to overturn the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA), Stanford University’s Lawrence Lessig said he hoped the loss would be “enough to move people” to do something to preserve the public domain. Now nearly 14,000 people have signed his new petition that asks Congress to […]