November 22, 2017

Archives for February 2004

Branch Closings Not Blocked in Regina

By LJ Staff After going to court, the Friends of the Regina Public Library were stymied in their effort to block the library from closing three branches and the Dunlop Art Gallery. According to the Leader-Post, Queen’s Bench Justice Fred Kovach found no evidence the library board acted improperly, even though the Friends argued that […]

Auditors Find Money Stolen from Fort Worth PL

By LJ Staff When a library patron balancing his checkbook noticed that a check to the Fort Worth Public Library had not cleared, that set off an investigation that showed tens of thousands of dollars were stolen. Apparently, the thefts occurred during routine transfers of funds from the branches to the central library, officials told […]

CIPA Update, Part V: “Son of CIPA Bills” Proposed

By LJ Staff Though the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) does not apply to some public libraries, and others have chosen to forego federal funds for Internet access rather than comply, public libraries in ten states (so far) must look warily at similar state bills that would tie filtering to receipt of state funds. Most […]

UConn Faculty Resolution Urges Action on Scholarly Communication

By LJ Staff Feeling the budget crunch hitting most university libraries, the University of Connecticut Faculty Senate has adopted a resolution that asks faculty members to become more aware of more cost-effective methods of scholarly communication, and asks the university library to help. A February 9 report, issued to faculty from UConn’s University Budget Committee, […]

Vaclav Havel to Set Up Library

By LJ Staff Vaclav Havel, dissident-turned-Czech president, plans to set up a presidential library, though not quite along the U.S. lines. According to the AP, the library will collect Havel’s papers and literary works–he is a well-known playwright–and also house exhibitions on the former communist regime and on rebuilding democracy. It should not only help […]

Libraries Outside Chicago Seek Tax Hikes

By LJ Staff Four suburban library districts southwest of Chicago, hoping to stave off further service cuts, are seeking tax hikes March 16, “We’re at a plateau financially,” New Lenox Library Director Jo Ann Potenziani told the Chicago Tribune. “If our referendum fails, we’d have to continue making service cuts.” Last year, the district laid […]

CIPA Update, Part IV: Can Implementation Be Challenged?

By LJ Staff While some filter vendors have offered statewide pricing deals for libraries, none has tried to tailor content categories to library needs, said Lori Ayre, editor of the upcoming issue of Library Technology Reports, which is devoted to filters. Indeed, filter categories, which may include pornography or sex, cannot track the Children’s Internet […]

Memphis-Area Libraries Scrambling for Support

By LJ Staff Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton has proposed cutting the county’s contribution to the Memphis Shelby County Public Library and Information Center from $5.6 million to $3.6 million, as part of the elimination of county funding for the libraries. According to the Commercial Appeal, the suburban cities most affected could cut hours […]

UNC-Chapel Hill Receives $1M Bequest

By LJ Staff A gift of nearly $1 million from the estate of Gladys Hall Coates will establish the Albert and Gladys Coates Endowment Fund benefiting the N.C. Collection in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library. UNC officials said income from the Coates fund will support the “research, writing and publication […]

CIPA Update, Part III: Technical Questions, Help From Some States

By LJ Staff Though the Supreme Court’s decision in the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) case, gave no instructions on unblocking, many libraries plan to let adults choose unfiltered access without asking for help. According to guidance on ALA’s CIPA web page, a commonsense argument would support the policy, as long as the library has […]