November 22, 2017

Archives for January 2007

Publishers Weekly and Newmarket Launch Screening Program

By LJ Staff Publishers Weekly is joining forces with Newmarket Press to host a series of film screenings for PW subscribers across the country. All selected films will be linked to tie-in titles released by Newmarket in either its signature screenplay line or more elaborate photo-rich making of books. Newmarket told LJ that the series […]

Novel Written Entirely in Text Messages Released in Finland

By LJ Staff In what may be the ultimate ebook, and surely the 21st century spin on the epistolary novel, Finnish author Hannu Luntiala has released a 322-page novel which unfolds entirely through a series of text messages by the protagonist. According to the Associated Press, the plot of The Last Messages follows a tech-company […]

Man Using Library Computers Charged with Emailing Child Porn

By LJ Staff The Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL), KY, uses filters to block pornography, but such software doesn’t block material contained in email – the medium a library user apparently used to access and distribute child pornography. According to the Courier-Journal, Gary Neagle, a convicted sex offender, was said by police to have used […]

Libraries in Lagos: A Shameful Situation

By LJ Staff North Americans were reminded of the parlous state of libraries in Iraq by the heartbreaking diary of the director of the Iraq National Library and Archives. Now, a journalistic account of libraries in Lagos, Nigeria reminds us that libraries in the Third World often lag sadly behind professional standards. According to Tunde […]

UT Austin Joins Google Scan Plan

By LJ Staff The University of Texas at Austin last week announced that it was expanding both in cyberspace and on campus. On the eve of the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, UT Austin officials announced they had reached an agreement to become Google’s newest partner in its controversial digitization project. Under the "multi-year" agreement, […]

Burger To Appoint LIS Task Force

By LJ Staff Is LIS education meeting the practical needs of the profession? That perennial subject was addressed in the American Library Association (ALA) – Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Forum on Library Education held on the opening day of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. With some 80 percent of those […]

Keeping Your Community Connected – the Video

By LJ Staff Along with its commitment of new funding to boost technology in public libraries, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has released a brochure and video, both titled "Keeping Your Community Connected", to help library advocates make the case for funding locally. The eight-minute video, which LJ has put online (with the foundation’s […]

The Alex Awards: Cool Adult Books for Teens

By LJ Staff The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and a High School Basketball Team in Arctic Alaska by Michael D’Orso The Floor of the Sky by Pamela Carter Joern The World Made Straight by Ron Rash Neal Wyatt is a […]

VTLS Adding WebFeat to Virtua

By LJ Staff VTLS is the latest to partner with WebFeat. The vendors January 20 announced that have entered into a relationship to include WebFeat Express and WebFeat Custom in the Virtua ILS system, allowing users "to simultaneously search unlimited numbers of resources from a single intuitive interface." VTLS said that the WebFeat component of […]

Comments Welcomed on Burger’s Library Agenda Draft

By LJ Staff American Library Association (ALA) President Leslie Burger has released the discussion draft of "Toward a National Agenda for Libraries", which got a kickstart from a December 10-11 meeting in Washington, DC to identify ways to gain support for improving libraries and build a case for investing in libraries at local, state, and national […]