November 23, 2017

Archives for November 2004

Nancy Pearl Wins WNBA Award

By LJ Staff Nancy Pearl’s kudos continue: The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has bestowed its 2004/05 award on the librarian and LJ‘s The Reader’s Shelf columnist for her "extraordinary contributions to the world of books." Those contributions include 11 years as director of the Seattle Public Library’s Washington Center for the Book, the writing […]

Gotham Acquires Truss’s Next Title

By LJ Staff Riding the wave of the surprising success of Lynne Truss’s grammar guide Eats, Shoots, & Leaves, which has sold nearly two million copies worldwide, Gotham Books announced November 18 that it has acquired the rights to the author’s next book. "Lynne Truss is one of the rare writers who can write funny," […]

British Library Begins Archiving Scientists’ Email

By LJ Staff The current age of digital communication has led scholars and researchers to lament the possible loss of important and historic information previously captured for posterity on paper. One of the world’s greatest strongholds of research and thinking is taking steps to guard against such losses. The British Library has launched a program […]

National Archives Opens Public Vaults

By LJ Staff The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) building in Washington, DC, has opened a new permanent display of its contents, the Public Vaults. This interactive exhibit, in the words of Archivist John Carlin, will be "more rewarding, more memorable, and even more entertaining" and offers a radically different experience for NARA visitors. […]

NYPL to Open Humanities Library on Sundays, Will Add Hours at Branches

By LJ Staff For the first time since 1970, The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) iconic Humanities and Social Sciences Library building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, will open to the public on Sundays, beginning December 5. "We recognize that Sunday afternoon is when researchers get serious about the coming week, and it is […]

Arizona Initiative Limiting Benefits to Illegal Immigrants Shouldn’t Affect Libraries

By LJ Staff Arizona voters passed Proposition 200, an initiative that makes it a crime for public employees to provide services to undocumented workers. Before the election, some critics and advocates of the bill said it could have broad effects, including denial of access to libraries and parks. However, after the election, Attorney General Terry […]

Indianapolis Library to Pay Newspaper $5K in Legal Fees

By LJ Staff The Indianapolis-Marion County PL, IN has been embroiled in a dispute with the Indianapolis Star regarding the newspaper’s energetic reporting on construction problems that have delayed the $102.7 million expansion of the Central Library. The newspaper wanted to know the library’s legal expenses. The library resisted. Finally, the library agreed to pay […]

NYPL Lions Get a Facelift

By LJ Staff They are undoubtedly the most famous library icons on earth, and after 93 years on the job, they’ve gotten a facelift. Patience and Fortitude, the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) magnificent marble lions perched outside the flagship 42nd St. facility, on November 8 began a restoration to repair minor cracks, pitting, and […]

Clinton Presidential Library Opens to Great Fanfare

By LJ Staff Amid much pomp, pageantry, security–and umbrellas, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center officially opened November 18 in Little Rock, AR, kicking off an expected economic boom in the city. As many as 50,000 people were joined by a numerous celebrities and four former presidents (George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, […]

New York PL Gains $30 Million in Gifts

By LJ Staff The New York Public Library received two grants totaling $30 million–$25 million from financier Robert W. Wilson, and $5 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Wilson’s donation, the largest single gift ever received by the library, will support acquisition of new print and electronic materials for the Research Libraries. It also […]