November 22, 2017

Archives for May 2006

International Digital Publishing Forum Held in New York

By LJ Staff Publishers, designers, and business execs speaking at the International Digital Publishing Forum: Connected & Mobile 2006 gathering in New York City, May 24, claim ebooks are still struggling for a firm foothold. IDPF President Steve Potash contends that "from all the available content in the world, audio/video and pictures have found a […]

Prichard Says ProQuest “Moving Forward”

By LJ Staff To combat the half truths and whole lies being bantered about in the press about the company’s financial situation and its future, ProQuest President Skip Prichard, in an exclusive interview with LJ, said he "wants librarians to have a clear understanding that the company is in contact with key customers" to assure […]

Salinas-Like Crisis Surfaces in Massachusetts

By LJ Staff Medway Public Library (MPL), MA, is on track to close at the end of June, as town officials see the $280,000 savings as a way to help stem an $868,600 FY07 budget deficit. The library’s budget already had been slashed 22 percent in just two years, and the governing Board of Selectmen […]

Big Gift Boosts Small VT Library

By LJ Staff Mark Skinner Library (MSL), Manchester, VT, has long struggled, surviving on an annual budget of under $300,000.  Now the library, serving a town with about 4000 people, is sitting pretty, thanks to two bequests totaling more than $2.3 million. The $2.17 million bequest from Lyn Hoyt will be used to create a […]

Director Faces ‘No Confidence’ Vote in King County

By LJ Staff When library workers at the King County Library System, Issaquah, WA, voted at the end of 2002 to unionize, a union organizer said that the staff – who already received healthy solid compensation – ‘want to have a voice in the everyday operations of the library that affect their conditions of employment.’ […]

Cooper’s Pay, Record Raises Controversy in DC

By LJ Staff After Ginnie Cooper, director of the Brooklyn Public Library since 2003, was named the new director of the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL), the controversy around her moved south. Her compensation – base pay of $179,946 per year, plus a "retention incentive" of $25,054 – represents ‘an obscenely high salary – […]

Foodies Rule: Five Perspectives on the Cooking Life

By LJ Staff Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’Homme Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth […]

Queens Library Trio Closes for Ten-Week Renovation

By LJ Staff The Queens Borough Public Library’s, NY, Jackson Heights, Woodside, and Maspeth branches are closing for a ten-week makeover beginning this month. Regular patrons may not recognize the facilities when they reopen, as each will undergo significant renovations to upgrade the décor and supersize the technology offerings, most notably an RFID system that […]

CT Town Eliminates Director’s Job, May Relent

By LJ Staff The Legislative Council of Hamden, CT, voted 9 – 4 last week to eliminate library director Bob Gualtieri’s position from the 2006 – 07 budget, but a quick outcry led many council members to say they would reconsider. Hamden, a suburb of New Haven, faces a $600,000 shortfall, and the council faced […]

Knopf Corrals Clinton for Citizens Book

By LJ Staff Former president Bill Clinton is embarking on his second book to be published by Knopf in late 2007 or early 2008 with a focus on public service and individual heroism, the AP reports. Clinton said he was inspired to produce the volume after viewing the actions of individuals fighting AIDS in Africa, […]