November 23, 2017

Archives for February 2005

Police Chief Suspended for Leaving Her Gun in Library

By LJ Staff Reynoldsburg, OH Police Chief Jeanne Miller was suspended for one week without pay after leaving her purse containing a 9mm service automatic in the local library. On January 3, the off-duty Miller was using a computer at the Reynoldsburg Public Library, with her purse slung over a chair. After finishing her session […]

Police Nab University Book Thieves in KY

By LJ Staff Police and federal agents in Lexington, KY, have arrested four 20-year-old students and charged them with the recent theft of rare books and art worth some $500,000 from the Transylvania University Library in Lexington. On December 27, two of the suspects were alleged to have physically assaulted and restrained a special collections […]

‘Porn Star’ Restored to Houston PL Shelves

By LJ Staff Jenna Jameson’s How To Make Love Like a Porn Star has been returned to the shelves at the Houston Public Library, TX – at least in principle, since there’s a long reserve list. Last month, Houston Mayor Bill White, responding to complaints, ordered the book held behind a counter rather than on […]

Críticas to Become E-Monthly Electronic Plus Print Supplements

By LJ Staff Críticas the bimonthly print source for English-language reviews of new adult and children’s titles from the U.S. and international Spanish-language publishing world, will become a monthly e-newsletter beginning September 2005. A joint publication of Publishers Weekly, Library Journal (LJ), and School Library Journal (SLJ), Críticas mailed its final print issues with the […]

House Passes Bill That Could Block Immigrant Library Use

By LJ Staff The Real ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 10, includes a provision blocking states from granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. As the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office noted, ‘Title II would require people applying for or renewing driver’s licenses and identity […]

Chicago Library Head Dempsey Assigned to City Purchasing Crisis

By LJ Staff Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey, a favorite of Mayor Richard M. Daley, has been named interim head of the city’s purchasing department, which has been rocked by irregularities regarding contracts and affirmative action awards. Dempsey earned her library degree before practicing as a health care lawyer; she was hired to run […]

Pasadena’s Herrera Named SF City Librarian

By LJ Staff San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced on February 15 the appointment of Luis Herrera as the new City Librarian, confirming recent rumors that Herrera, currently Pasadena’s director of Information Services, was the top contender for the coveted post. ‘I am delighted Luis has agreed to take on the role of city librarian,’ […]

Library Elite to Lobby for Salinas System

By LJ Staff Salinas has become the battle cry of the library world. A cadre of state and national library figures will descend on the California city on February 23 to meet with Mayor Anna Caballero and other city officials, hoping to prevent the closure of the city’s library system. The delegation consists of State […]

Time Warner Names Rawlinson VP of Library Services

By LJ Staff Time Warner Book Group (TWBG) announced February 17 it has appointed librarian and former Publishers Weekly (PW) editor-in-chief Nora Rawlinson its first-ever VP of Library Services. The publisher said that Rawlinson, who starts her new role March 1, ‘will orchestrate and carry out the company’s plan for growing the library market for […]

Mystery Writers of America Announce Edgar Nominees

By LJ Staff The Mystery Writers of America have named the crop of contenders for this year’s Edgar Awards. The prestigious prize includes 13 categories honoring top mysteries in books (fiction and nonfiction) as well as in theater, TV, and feature films. Contending for coveted Best Novel are Rhys Bowen, Evan’s Gate (St. Martin’s Minotaur); […]