November 18, 2017

Archives for May 2005

18,000 Attend Opening of New Grand Bibliothèque du Québec

By LJ Staff The new Grande Bibliothèque of the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, located in Montréal, opened April 30 – May 1 to 18,000 visitors, including 3,200 who signed up for a new library card. The $97.6 million CDN ($78.4M USD) six-level facility also houses Québec’s national library collection, including virtually everything ever published in […]

Manatee County Library Renovations Running Short on Cash

By LJ Staff Renovations to the Manatee County main library, Bradenton, FL, and the Palmetto branch have hit financial snags. The Bradenton Herald reported May 20 that both projects will cost far more than initial estimates, resulting in either scaled-down plans or closure throughout the entire renovation period. The publication reports that both projects were […]

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Salinas Creates Committee for Library Tax

By LJ Staff The Salinas City Council, CA May 17 created a committee featuring Mayor Anna Caballero and two councilors to work with a coalition to boost public awareness of the need for a half-cent tax measure on the November ballot to benefit public services, including the city’s embattled libraries. Along with the Save Salinas […]

Allegheny County, PA, To Require Reports of Internet Incidents

By LJ Staff The Allegheny County Council, Pittsburgh, has approved a resolution requiring annual verification that all libraries in the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) comply with laws regarding Internet use, as well as an annual review of filtering software used by ACLA’s Electronic Information Network (eiNetwork) and annual reports by each library of incidents […]

UK Offers Free, 24/7 Online Reference

By LJ Staff On May 19, the UK government-funded People’s Network launched a new 24/7 online reference service, a national effort in contrast to the consortial and institution-specific efforts in North America. The service, known as Enquire, will use English library staff during Monday-Friday, 9-5, while partners in the United States and Canada will contribute […]

Judge Rules for MI Libraries in Access Suit

By LJ Staff The Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI, which refused to issue a library card to a nonresident, has triumphed in a closely watched lawsuit. The suit was brought by Bloomfield Hills resident George Goldstone, who asserted that Michigan’s constitution guaranteed his right to borrow books from any library within its borders. In November […]

IL Library To ID Patrons Via Fingerprints; State Confidentiality Law Stands

By LJ Staff The Naperville Public Library, IL this summer will install fingerprint scanners on 130 computers that offer either public Internet access or require a time limit on usage computers—a response to many patron’s apparent use of library cards or passwords belonging to others to log on. The decision was also prompted by the […]

Senate Committee Considers Expanded Patriot Act Powers

By LJ Staff Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence, is planning a bill that would expand FBI subpoena powers as part of the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act. The American Library Association (ALA) warned that the bill would eliminate prior court review of library and other private records sought […]

Bedford, TX, Mayor Resigns; Library Put on Probation

By LJ Staff The mayor of Bedford, TX, which closed and then restored library service, has resigned after two years of a three-year term, saying the city has been embarrassed by its fight over taxes and services. Meanwhile, the State Library and Archives Commission put the library on probation through September 2006 because it is […]