November 24, 2017

Archives for January 2005

Split-level Exhibits, Sluggish Internet Mar Boston ALA Midwinter

By LJ Staff As slow as molasses in winter. That old maxim now can be altered to "as slow as the Internet at Midwinter." The demo-destroying sluggishness of the show floor’s net connection at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, January 14-17, was a close second to major concerns […]

TAGSYS Marketing FOLIO 320 RFID Tag

By LJ Staff Privacy issues and cost concerns aside, RFID continues its march into the library market. TAGSYS Inc. used ALA to debut its new FOLIO 320 tag, which, the company said, is designed specifically for the library. According to TAGSYS, the FOLIO 320 has a ‘256-bit memory, and the command set has been designed […]

Checkpoint Debuts DiscMate

By LJ Staff One of the cooler pieces of hardware debuting at ALA was Checkpoint System’s DiscMate DVD/CD self-check unit. The security system offers several components, including locking cases identical to those used by Blockbuster Video that keep DVDs securely inside until they are unlocked in the library during check out. Mated to the company’s […]

Newbery and Caldecott Awards Presented at ALA, Morrison Wins King Prize

By LJ Staff Cynthia Kadohata and Kevin Henkes were named the respective winners of the annual Newbery and Caldecott medals during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Boston, January 14-17. Kadohata won for Kira-Kira (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster), which follows a Japanese family during the 1950s and 1960s, while illustrator and author […]

It’s Clobberin’ Time For Marvel: Lee Wins Lawsuit

By LJ Staff A U.S. District Court Judge ruled January 19 that Marvel Enterprises must pay chair emeritus and comics legend Stan Lee ten percent of its profits dating back to 1998, which includes a bite of the $2.5 billion generated by the wildly successful feature film adaptations of Marvel properties Spider-Man and X-Men. Marvel’s […]

Fledgling Fletcher Wins Whitbread Award for First Novel

By LJ Staff Susan Fletcher, January 5, won the Whitbread Award for her first novel Eve Green (Norton), which tells the story of am eight-year-old girl who leaves Birmingham to live with her grandparents in Wales. Norton said that it acquired the novel as part of a two-book deal, with a second novel to be […]

Study Asserts South Carolina PLs Produce $347 Million Economic Impact

By LJ Staff For every dollar spent on South Carolina’s public libraries, the state receives $4.48, a 350% return for a total economic impact of $347 million, according to a study by the University of South Carolina’s (USC) School of Library and Information Science. Dr. Daniel D. Barron, director of the school and a researcher […]

OverDrive Now Offers Libraries Unlimited Download Audiobook Plan

By LJ Staff In a response to market demand, as well as the launch of the Recorded Books/NetLibrary partnership OverDrive has announced "Maximum Access," which allows libraries to lend unlimited quantities of a selection of audiobooks. The audibooks come from Blackstone Audiobooks, which has over 2,500 titles and is one of the largest publishers contributing […]

Richland’s Warren Offered San Antonio PL Directorship

By LJ Staff The board of the San Antonio Public Library says C. David Warren is the top choice to fill its long vacant directorship. Warren is currently the executive director of the Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC, which won the 2001 Library of the Year award from Gale Group/Library Journal. Aubrey George has […]

Librarians to Help Choose Winner of New RBI/NBC Quill Awards

By LJ Staff Librarians will be among the judges in a new glossy book awards program announced January 26 by Reed Business Information (RBI), parent of LJ and Publishers Weekly, and NBC Universal Television Stations. The Quill Awards will honor "excellence in writing and publishing, recognize the creators of important books and great literature, drive […]