November 23, 2017

Archives for September 2003

OCLC Sues New York Library-Themed Hotel

By LJ Staff The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has launched a surprising lawsuit claiming trademark infringement against a Manhattan library-themed hotel. Since its opening in August of 2000, the Library Hotel, located a block from the New York Public Library’s main research library, has divided its rooms according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) […]

King Blasts Publishing’s Corporate Takeover

By LJ Staff Harold Bloom may not like Stephen King’s writing, but nobody can question the horror author’s integrity. In his most recent column for Entertainment Weekly (September 19), King blasts the book industry’s takeover by business honchos more interested in big profits than quality products. “Publishing houses,” writes King, “once proudly independent, are today […]

Critic Bloom Horrified by King’s NBF Award

By LJ Staff Though many found the National Book Foundation’s (NBF) awarding of the 2003 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Stephen King a head scratcher, professor and literary critic Harold Bloom is downright outraged. Bloom blasted the decision in the New York Times, saying King “writes what used to be called penny […]

Tutor.com Introduces MentorMe Service for Librarians

By LJ Staff Librarians usually are the ones supplying the assistance to patrons and students, but sometimes even the pros could use a helping hand. Tutor.com has introduced a new service that allows librarians to brush up on their virtual reference skills. Librarians using the company’s Virtual Reference Toolkit are eligible to receive free assistance […]

Sirsi Claims Record Year

By LJ Staff Despite the overall anemic economy and many library coffers running on empty, vendors seem to be holding on. And some apparently are doing a booming business. Sirsi Corporation claims the period between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003 was a banner one, and according to company CEO Pat Summers, the year […]

Dynix Turns 20: A Q&A with President Jack Blount

By LJ Staff Those who have watched the library automation industry in the last two decades have seen numerous changes as once powerful players disappeared, either through business failure or, more often, buyouts. Even the last few years have seen titans like DRA absorbed and the brand name retired. Dynix is among the handful of […]

Chinese Publisher Censors Hillary Clinton’s Memoir, S&S Strikes Back

By LJ Staff Executives at Simon & Schuster (S&S) are seeing red over cuts made to the text of China’s edition of Hillary Clinton’s best-selling memoir Living History. Chinese publisher Yilin Press, according to the New York Times, cut numerous passages from the section of the book in which Clinton criticizes the Chinese government. Not […]

Queens Library Nabs $109K Grant

By Kathy Ishizuka New York has awarded Queens Borough Public Library a $109,000 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, the first such federally-funded after-school grant given to a public library. The library celebrated the news in mid-September by launching events for the community at its Far Rockaway and Peninsula branches, where the funds will support […]

Minneapolis PL Gets Grant to Keep Branch Open

By LJ Staff The beleaguered Minneapolis Public Library has gained a $60,000 grant that will enable the Franklin Community Library to reopen in mid-October at an interim location, providing service after the original library–the city’s oldest–closed in August for restoration and remodeling. The grant is part of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ commitment to the Phillips […]

Milwaukee PL System May Have to Share

By LJ Staff Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist wants to freeze the amount of money collected from the property tax in the 2004 budget–subject to city council approval November 14–and that would force a library change. One of the Milwaukee Public Library’s 12 branches, the Center Street Library, would be turned over to the city school […]