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Archives for March 2005

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Former Georgia Library Director Indicted

By LJ Staff David C. Wilson, former director of the Ocmulgee Regional Library, Eastman, GA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of theft and witness tampering. For months, both federal and Georgia officials have been investigating alleged financial abuses involving Wilson. According to the Savannah Morning News, the five counts of […]

European Countries Not Compensating Authors for Library Lending Are Sent to Court

By LJ Staff In Europe, authors are supposed to be compensated if their works are lent by public establishments such as book and music libraries, but Luxembourg and Italy are ignoring that requirement. Thus, the European Commission (EC) has referred both countries to the European Court of Justice for failure to nationally legislate that ‘public […]

Schmidt, Minnesota Coalition Honored at Freedom of Information Day

By LJ Staff Richard M. Schmidt has posthumously received the Madison Award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) ‘to honor those who have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.’ Schmidt, who died in October 2004, worked in both the legislative and executive branches on issues […]

Libraries Invited to Foster Dialog on New Era of News

By LJ Staff The Preview Forum aims to bring together news professionals and the public in local forums to discuss social issues; this spring the topic is ‘ The News We Need: Finding Balance in an Age of Spin.’ Among the topics: ‘What is the role of news in a democracy? Have we abandoned the […]

Google Scholar Advances, Universities Test Link Resolvers

By LJ Staff Google Scholar may be a good tool, but when users search on an item, it will be more useful if a link resolver helps them know it’s in their library collection. When Google Scholar launched last fall, librarians working with the OpenURL standard – which helps resolve links in a user-specific fashion […]

PL Director Resigns in Monroe County, NY

By LJ Staff Carol Nersinger on March 21 quietly tendered her resignation as director of the Monroe County Library System, Rochester, NY, after less than a year’s tenure. Paula Smith, assistant director of central services, was appointed interim director until a successor is hired. Irving Kessler, a Monroe County board member, told the Democrat & […]

Patriot Act Criticism Launched by Conservative Groups, ACLU

By LJ Staff In the past two years, conservatives have indicated their dismay over the USA PATRIOT Act, joining library organizations and others, and on March 22 they formalized their opposition. A new group, Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances, aims ‘to ensure Congressional review and modification of provisions of the Patriot Act that are […]

Salinas Watch: Library Fundraising Effort Reaches $240K and Climbing

By LJ Staff As of March 21, the Rally Salinas fundraising effort to save the city’s libraries from closure almost has hit the half-way mark, raising $240,000 of the needed $500,000. ‘After rejecting a ballot measure last year that would have provided new taxes for libraries,’ reported the Los Angeles Times, ‘residents have suddenly decided […]

Bill Clinton To Speak at SLA Annual Conference

By LJ Staff Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to be the general session speaker at the SLA Annual Conference in Toronto on Wednesday, June 8. SLA spokesperson John Crosby told LJ that the organization will have input into the nature of his speech. So far, Clinton is said to be considering the importance of […]