November 18, 2017

Archives for October 2006

Davenport, Rettig, Former E-Board Members, To Vie for ALA Presidency

By LJ Staff Two candidates with experience on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Executive Board will vie for the 2008 – 09 ALA presidency. Nancy Davenport, interim director of library services at the District of Columbia Public Library, served on the E-Board from 2002 – 05, and James Rettig, university librarian at the University of […]

Beware the “Nonpartisan” Voters’ Guide, PA Librarians Learn

By LJ Staff The Pennsylvania Family Institute, which supports "traditional" values, recently sent thousands of copies of its voters’ guide to the District Library Centers at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) to distribute to branches in its system and libraries in the country. A staffer at the CLP, who was sick and distracted (according […]

The Art of Part-Time

By Sandra Collins and Allison Brungard It’s the age of running lean and mean, and libraries are not exempt. Costly benefits, loss of head count through attrition, and the decline of face-to-face reference can make full-time positions seem hard to find. The information industry must include a strong part-time professional component. Part-time librarianship need not […]

SAGE Preparing for E-Reference Launch

By LJ Staff Gliding into its 41st year, SAGE Publications may have its most exciting times ahead. The shift from print to electronic has forced many publishers to do a tightrope walk while balancing print on one side and electronic databases on the other. But SAGE president/CEO Blaise Simqu, higher ed VP Alison Mudditt, and […]

ProQuest Sells Biz Solutions Unit

By LJ Staff Following a competitive bidding process, ProQuest Company has sold its Business Solutions automotive division to Snap-on Incorporated for a reported $481 million, as Skip Prichard, president of the Information and Learning operation, predicted several months ago when word broke in March of the company’s restatement of its finances after internal accounting errors […]

EnvisionWare Markets Renaissance Open Standard RFID Suite

By LJ Staff Library self-service solutions provider EnvisionWare has released Renaissance, an "end-to-end open standard RFID product suite sporting a bar code and RFID-based materials handling system." Renaissance includes everything from tags to media covers, staff stations, table-top self check and full-service kiosks, a handheld inventory system, security gates, and encoding stations, on up to […]

Library Crisis Rises to Top of Minneapolis Agenda

By LJ Staff The dire straits facing the Minneapolis Public Library – potentially drastic cuts in hours and/or buildings – has gained the attention of Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City Council, both of which may bolster library coffers to stave off the worst scenario. After a city council meeting, "I saw an engaged discussion […]

Librarian/Thief Avoids UK Jail Sentence

By LJ Staff Though librarian Norman Buckley stole more than 500 antiquarian books from Manchester Central library in the UK and tried to sell several of them on eBay, he didn’t get any jail time. Rather, as the Guardian reported, he got a suspended jail sentence. The total value of his thefts was initially estimated […]

The Art of Part-Time

By Sandra Collins and Allison Brungard It’s the age of running lean and mean, and libraries are not exempt. Costly benefits, loss of head count through attrition, and the decline of face-to-face reference can make full-time positions seem hard to find. The information industry must include a strong part-time professional component. Part-time librarianship need not […]

Thomson Learning on the Block; Who’ll Buy Thomson Gale?

By LJ Staff Rumors that had surfaced months ago about the possible sale of Thomson Gale have proven solid, as the Thomson Corporation announced plans to reorganize and sell its Thomson Learning Division, including the Thomson Gale subsidiary. The move could net the company $5 billion and allow it to expand its legal, financial, and […]