November 17, 2017

Archives for May 2004

FSG Co-founder Roger Straus Dead at 87

By LJ Staff Roger Straus, co-founder of New York publishing giant Farrar, Straus & Giroux (FSG), succumbed to pneumonia May 27. He was 87. He founded the company in 1945 with John Farrar and expanded the house with the addition of editor Robert Giroux in 1955. Together, they published the works of Nobel laureates T.S. […]

Doctorow Booed at University Graduation

By LJ Staff A politically-charged speech delivered by E.L. Doctorow as commencement speaker at Hofstra University’s May 23 graduation ceremony was met with anger by the crowd, who booed so loudly that Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz had to request the audience to “please let [Doctorow] finish.” The novelist’s 20-minute speech reportedly was largely an attack […]

Random Names Daniel Menaker Executive Editor-in-Chief

By LJ Staff Random House has tapped senior VP Daniel Menaker as the first to fill the newly created post of executive editor-in-chief. Menaker already oversees Random’s imprints, but in his new capacity he also will “oversee the editorial activities of Ballantine’s imprints as well” and “continue an active role in acquiring and editing literary […]

Serials Solutions Slashes Sharing

By LJ Staff Overlap Analysis identifies unique and common journals in each database Serials Solutions Inc. is marketing Overlap Analysis, a new tool that scours a library’s databases and displays “the number of journals in that database that are unique to that database, and the number that are available elsewhere in the library’s collection.” Overlap […]

EBSCO and Endeavor Linking

By LJ Staff Endeavor Information Systems and EBSCO Publishing have collaborated to offer an advanced XML search gateway between EBSCO databases and Endeavor’s ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking collections. An XML-driven substitute for the current Z39.50 mechanism for searching EBSCO resources, the EBSCO XML gateway will provide better search and retrieval functionality for […]

Dynix Customers Upgrade

By LJ Staff In addition to its recent Canadian sales, several of the vendor’s existing customers have chosen to upgrade to Dynix’s newest releases rather than contract with another vendor. The Collingwood Public Library, East Gwillimbury Public, and Timmins Public Library, all located in Ontario, are migrating to Horizon 7.3. Collingwood has a collection of […]

Hartford PL’s Web Site Backs Mayor’s Initiative

By LJ Staff The Hartford Public Library, CT, and its new online site, HartfordInfo, will serve as a resource for Mayor Eddie Perez’s Community Building Initiative. This is a grassroots effort to address critical issues facing neighborhoods in the city’s North End. The library’s site was established to promote the well being of Hartford’s communities […]

Akron-Summit PL to Wait on Director

By LJ Staff The board of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH, have decided to delay looking for a new director until fall, wanting to wait until the system has a long-range plan in hand. The library lacks $3.2 million needed to complete a building plan, and also lacks a director after Steven Hawk retired […]

Small OK Library Gets $163K Bequest

By LJ Staff The Kingfisher Memorial Library, OK, has received a bequest of $163,000, representing more than half the library’s $270,000 operating budget. Donor Raymond Young died in 2002 at the age of 98. Young specified that the city administer the bequest, with the interest to used for as yet unspecified “critical needs.” Young was […]

IL Library Evacuated After Officers Use Pepper Spray on Unruly Patron

By LJ Staff The Bloomington Public Library, IL, was evacuated for 90 minutes on May 18, after police used pepper spray to help subdue an unruly patron. The 6’6″, 300-pound patron, whom Director Matthew Kubiak described as a “regular” who comes in most days to read magazines or work at a computer, was sitting splayed […]