November 18, 2017

Archives for June 2006

Elsevier Cautiously Tries a Variation on Open Access

By LJ Staff The world's leading STM publisher, Elsevier, announced this month that it will offer authors the chance to make their articles freely available for a fee. Six journals in physics will offer the option, including Nuclear Physics A, Nuclear Physics B, Nuclear Physics B, Proceedings Supplements, Nuclear Instruments and Methods A, Physics Letters […]

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New Orleans Director Bill Johnson Resigns

By LJ Staff As a sad capper to the successful American Library Association Annual in New Orleans, city library director Bill Johnson announced his resignation, citing his wife’s failure to find local work in the still suffering city. "Time has begun to run out, and I must make a difficult choice between my personal life […]

FBI Drops “John Doe” Case; Librarians Say Publicity Was the Key

By LJ Staff Last month, federal attorneys rescinded the gag order in the "John Doe" case, thus allowing four Connecticut librarians–officials of the Windsor-based Library Connection consortium–to identify themselves as recipients of an unspecified request for library records. On Monday, the librarians had even better news to announce: the case had been dropped entirely. "There […]

Gorman, Hosts Hail Libraries; Albright Tackles Cuba & More

By LJ Staff At the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans on Saturday, ALA President Michael Gorman began the Opening General Session with a video review of library coverage over the past year–the salvaging of the Salinas Public Library, the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act, and the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina […]

Legal Reference 101

By C. Brian Smith Answering reference questions for a living is challenging. On a given day, those who toil at the reference desk deal with an onslaught of questions, ranging from the banal to the proverbial ‘stumper.’ We all have our bêtes noires and nemeses when it comes to certain domains of information. For many, […]

Welcoming New Orleans Boosted by ALA Conference

By LJ Staff A sweaty, welcoming, and well-fortified New Orleans is playing host to some 17,000 librarians, vendors, and visitors at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, the first major conference in the city since Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath ravaged it some ten months ago. The French Quarter was busy – Mayor Ray […]

NOPL’s Alvar Street Branch a Phoenix in the Bywater

By LJ Staff Three months ago, the Alvar Street Branch of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) was a mess, as a foot-and-a-half of standing water in the wake of Hurricane Katrina had damaged materials, furniture, electrical systems, and shelving, leaving the library as frozen in time as much of the city. Yesterday, at the […]

Gwinnett Board Cuts Materials in Spanish; Pinder Requests Apology

By LJ Staff After the board of the Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA, fired longtime director Jo Ann Pinder, the board also excised $3000 from the budget that was designated for adult Spanish-language fiction. "We can’t supply pleasure reading material for all language groups, so we’re not going to go down that road," board […]