November 18, 2017

Archives for December 2006

Buffalo LIS Seeks New Home On Campus, Full Accreditation

By LJ Staff It’s been a busy time, but "energizing," says Judith Robinson, chair of the Library and Information Studies (LIS) program at the University at Buffalo (UB). In addition to seeking to remove its "conditional" accreditation status, the program will also soon decide on a new home within UB following provost Satish Tripathi’s abrupt […]

Kitty Kelley Penning Oprah Bio

By LJ Staff After taking on other seeming untouchables like Frank Sinatra and Nancy Reagan, notorious celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley is sinking her fangs into Oprah. In a December 13 statement issued by Crown Publishers, Kelley said that "Oprah has fascinated me for many years – as a woman, she has wielded an unprecedented amount […]

Director Raimi Taking On the Shadow

By LJ Staff Filmmaker Sam Raimi is moving from one pop-culture hero to another. The Hollywood Reporter announced December 11 that Raimi, who knocked it out of the park with his feature adaptation of Spider-Man, has optioned the rights to a new screen adaptation of the classic pulp crime fighter the Shadow. "I’ve been a […]

A Day of Design

By LJ Staff Design solutions flew at LJ‘s daylong Institute on library design held at the Queens Library at Flushing, December 5. Morning presentations included architect Elisabeth Martin moderating a lively conversation on building for a flexible future. Panelist and ALA  President Leslie Burger noted that the "library of the future is about people," and that it will have […]

Michigan PL Slashes Staff, Closes Branches After Tax Defeats

By LJ Staff The troubled Bay County Library, Bay City, MI, will close two out of five branches at the end of the year and full time staff will be cut in half. Total library service hours will go from 320 hours a week to just 73. These drastic measures follow the failure of two […]

Libraries & NRC Documents: ALA Says It’s the Government’s Call

By LJ Staff NBC News recently reported that "thousands" of sensitive documents from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are made available to the public in public libraries, even though related documents – many of them older – had been pulled by the NRC from its online site after the 9/11 attacks. Asked for comment, Emily […]

Cambridge Acquires ProQuest Info & Learning

By LJ Staff In a surprise announcement December 15 ProQuest announced that Cambridge Information Group (CIG) is acquiring its Information & Learning (PQIL) operation serving libraries for a reported price of $222 million. ProQuest told LJ that "following the closing of this acquisition, plans are to combine its subsidiary CSA (formerly Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) and […]

University of Kentucky Joins Encore

By LJ Staff Innovative Interfaces has added the University of Kentucky to its Encore development program, bringing the total number of participating institutions to 14. Encore is a platform that enhances search functionality plus offers community features and federated searching with contextual resource suggestions. Kelly M. Vickery, associate dean for Library Information Technology, said that […]

Muse Global Customizes Elsevier’s XML

By LJ Staff Muse Global has done some serious tweaking to Elsevier’s XML Gateway in the form of two Muse Source Packages, which allow Scopus and Science Direct customers to "search and retrieve information from multiple sources simultaneously while accessing Elsevier’s high-quality content." It also give’s Elsevier’s customers "a more stable connection to the XML […]

Burger Urges EPA Advisory Council To Press Agency on Library Closures

By LJ Staff Speaking December 14 to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, American Library Association President Leslie Burger offered some forceful comments on the closing of libraries and restricted access in other EPA library locations. Noting that the closings "initially took place under the guise of a […]