November 17, 2017

Archives for April 2006

Providence PL Faces Changes as City Threatens Cuts

By LJ Staff The private Providence Public Library (PPL) is under pressure to change its structure of governance, even as it may close branches or reorganize completely. Providence city councilors want the 33-member board, which now has only one city appointee, to include eight city appointees, as the city contributes $3 million to PPL’s $8.5 […]

Librarian’s Book Choice Sparks Controversy at Ohio State’s Mansfield Campus

By LJ Staff Two faculty members filed charges of sexual harassment against a Ohio State University, Mansfield (OSUM) librarian, contending his defense of a controversial book they call hateful and homophobic created a hostile workplace environment. The charges have been withdrawn, but the tension lingers. Scott Savage head of reference and instructional services at OSUM’s […]

Paterson Library’s Rebirth Makes USA Today

By LJ Staff A long article in USA Today last week portrayed the rebirth of the Northside branch library of the Paterson Public Library, NJ, a bright spot in a poor neighborhood in a poor city. Last January 30, branch head Thomasina Duncan reopened the branch, a former bank building, after a three-month closure for […]

The End of LCSH? Provocative Report Stirs Up Cataloging Discussion

By LJ Staff Should the Library of Congress (LC) jettison Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), the longstanding professional taxonomy? That’s one of the provocative suggestions in a new report announced Tuesday by the LC. But "The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools," commissioned by LC and written by […]

Wilson Making International Moves

By LJ Staff H.W. Wilson is one of the print Goliaths that has moved comfortably into the online world with seeming ease through its WilsonWeb product and numerous electronic databases. LJ recently had some face time with Wilson’s Sales & Marketing VP Deborah Loeding and Marketing Director Eileen Sutter, who provided an update. The company […]

EBSCO Offering Free Access to Teacher Reference Center

By LJ Staff EBSCO graciously is extending free access to Teacher Reference Center, which indexes more than 260 top periodicals and trade journals for educators. The bibliographic database covers assessment, best practices, continuing ed, curriculum development, elementary and higher ed, language arts, teacher education, and a great many more related subjects. The product can be […]

SUNY Binghamton Picks Innovative’s ERM

By LJ Staff The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton has contracted with Innovative Interfaces for its Electronic Resource Management (ERM) resource to handle its electronic holdings. One of the New York State university system’s most prestigious schools, Binghamton is implementing the ERM as a standalone. The Binghamton campus sports the Bartle Library, […]

Colgate Renovates Library, Gains Gift

By LJ Staff The library at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, is closed for a $52.5 million expansion and renovation, with completion expected around the end of the year, but librarians have come up with an innovative and efficient way to serve students. A robotic storage/retrieval mechanism, one of just a handful in the country, was […]

Library Car Crasher Cuts Deal

By LJ Staff Christian Clark, one of a trio arrested for deliberately ramming a stolen car through the wall of the Livingston Avenue Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on February 6, has cut a plea deal with prosecutors. The AP reports that Clark, 15, has admitted his role in the crime and is helping […]

Library Leaders Issue Report on Serving Older Adults

By LJ Staff A new report from Americans for Libraries Council (ALC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) offers guidance and examples of model programs for public libraries interested in connecting these active older adults to new opportunities for learning, work, and community service. Designs for Change: Libraries and Productive Aging gathers […]