November 19, 2017

Archives for March 2005

SF/Fantasy Legend and Librarian Andre Norton Dies

By LJ Staff Andre Norton, who found success in several genres but is most loved for her SF as well as her Witch World series of novels, has died at 93. Born Alice Norton in 1912, she legally changed her name to Andre Norton in 1934 on the advice of a publisher who told her […]

NYPL Names 2004’s Books To Remember

By LJ Staff At a March 18 ceremony held at its Humanities and Social Sciences Library The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced the 25 titles included on its annual Books To Remember list. The 2004 crop is a diverse group, with titles running the gamut from Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: […]

Ha Jin Wins PEN/Faulkner Award

By LJ Staff Ha Jin’s War Trash (Pantheon), which depicts the plight of Chinese POW’s captured by U.S. forces during the Korean War, earned the author his second PEN/Faulkner award. Though the book is set in the early 1950s, judge Herbert Gold said that the book’s topic once ‘might have been seen as obscure. Today, […]

Scirus Adds 13 Million Patents

By LJ Staff Elsevier has added 13 million patents to Scirus, its free science-specific search engine. The company March 22 announced that the patents indexed were gleaned from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office, and the Patent Cooperation Treaty of the World Intellectual Property Organization. The patents, […]

Facts on File Upgrades Health Reference Center

By LJ Staff Facts on File has revamped the structure and content of its Health Reference Center product. Information is now divided into four areas: Conditions and Diseases; Mental Health; Health and Wellness; and Body Systems. Each area is fully searchable and sports an A – Z index. Additionally, 23 encyclopedias and other reference works […]

Jongejan Appointed New CEO at Swets

By LJ Staff Arie Jongejan, who recently left industry leader Elsevier after a 24-year tenure, has joined Swets Information Services as CEO. Jongejan, former CEO of Elsevier’s Science & Technology Division, succeeds Paul de Bruin, chairman of Swets’ Supervisory Board and interim CEO. At Elsevier, Jongejan is credited for both the commercial and technical innovation […]

Child Porn Arrest at Indiana Library

By LJ Staff Filtering may stop some child pornography, but email offers another route for those seeking illegal material. That seems to be the lesson behind the recent arrest of a patron at the Muncie Public Library, IN. Scott G. Moses, according to the Muncie Star-Press, was under investigation for accessing child pornography while using […]

‘Blog People’ Fight Back, Creatively

By LJ Staff First came American Library Association (ALA) president-elect Michael Gorman’s denunciation of the ‘blog people.’ Then came the backlash from bloggers and other observers, both inside and outside the library. Along with that have come some creative responses. Several library bloggers, including Karen Schneider, a member of the ALA council, have encouraged fellow […]

Debate in Maine Over Children’s Confidentiality Rights

By LJ Staff A proposed bill in the Maine legislature would require public libraries and state university libraries to tell parents what materials their minor children have borrowed, according to the Portland Press Herald. State Rep. Randy Hotham, R-Dixfield, who seemed faced with overwhelming opposition at a committee hearing, said the bill was prompted by […]

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By LJ Staff Attention Texas Library Association attendees: Click here to view and download valuable exhibitor coupons for the TxLA conference in Austin. Simply print out the ones which interest you and attach a mailing label to the back or write in your address and other contact information. Aisle-by-Aisle Guide – A chance to win […]