November 22, 2017

Archives for April 2005

Parker, Lee Win 2005 Edgar Awards

By LJ Staff T. Jefferson Parker’s thriller about the 40-year-old murder of a beauty queen and Don Lee’s highly praised literary tale of missing graduate student in Japan were the top winners at the Mystery Writers of America’s 59th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Banquet, held April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York […]

Arson at Indian Library Causes ‘Incalculable Loss’

By LJ Staff The Central Library in Inphal, the capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, has suffered what historian Gangumei Kamei called ‘an incalculable loss.’ A group pushing for Mayek script to replace the state’s official Bengali script set the facility ablaze, destroying as many as 145,000 books, including some of the oldest […]

Holy Turkmenistan! President Bans Libraries

By LJ Staff President Saparmurat Niazov of the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan has banned public libraries, along with opera, ballet, cinemas, and even circuses, according to a report from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). Organizations such as Human Rights Watch and the International Helsinki Federation have protested Niazov’s decision, which he […]

Wi-Fi Fees Criticized at British Library

By LJ Staff While wireless internet access at the British Library has been enormously popular, a library user has criticized the service’s hefty fees. Author and library user Heather Brooke told Information World Review, ‘A library is a free public resource, but if you want to access electronic resources at the library you are forced […]

Clinton Bows Out of SLA Conference

By LJ Staff Former President Bill Clinton, citing a scheduling conflict, won’t be the Closing General Session keynote speaker at the SLA Annual Conference in Toronto, June 5-9. Instead, author and business strategy expert Gary Hamel (Leading the Revolution, Harvard Business School Press, 2000) will speak on Wednesday, June 8 at 9 a.m.

MBA Named Head of London Public Library, ON

By LJ Staff Anne Becker, who holds an MBA, has been named the new CEO of the London Public Library, ON, effective May 30. Becker, who is London’s first female leader and has never worked in libraries, most recently was chief executive for the Midwestern Ontario Canadian Automobile Association. Library Board Chair Fred Tranquilli said […]

$2 Million Library Bequest Left to Newport News, VA

By LJ Staff Newport News Public Library System, VA, has received a $2 million gift, its largest ever, from a local doctor who died earlier this year. General practitioner Herbert Neisser, 93, retired in 1981. His wife predeceased him, and they had no children. While Neisser was a patron of the Main Street library, staffers […]

RI Officials Push to Open Providence PL Meetings

By LJ Staff Rhode Island’s House and Senate have proposed bills that would force private libraries receiving state funding to open their meetings to the public. The legislation was forged in the controversy surrounding the 2004 restructuring by the Providence Public Library (PPL) that cut hours, staff, and reconfigured one of its nine branches, according […]

Youngstown’s Sears to Receive Urban Player Award

By LJ Staff Carlton A. Sears, director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, will receive the Urban Libraries Council (ULC)/Dynix Urban Player Award for 2005. Sears is being honored for his leadership in revitalizing the Youngstown neighborhood surrounding the library’s main branch, notably shaping a nonprofit corporation to develop new housing, retail, […]

Former Pueblo Director Lee Settles Suit Against Library Officers

By LJ Staff Former Pueblo City-County Library, CO, director Richard Lee has settled his law suit against library officials two years after he was fired for what he claimed was questioning the board president’s business dealings with the library. The Pueblo Chieftain April 10 reported that Lee settled with former board president Glenn Ballantyne, board […]