November 22, 2017

Archives for February 2007

County Official Threatens Rochester, NY, Library Budget Over Filter Policy

By LJ Staff The budget of the Monroe County Library System, Rochester, NY, is under threat from County Executive Maggie Brooks, who was on the warpath after a television report on "porn at the library." If the library doesn’t make its filtering policy – which tracks guidance from the American Library Association regarding the Children’s […]

Rural Library Leaders Create Vision for ARSL

By LJ Staff Rural library leaders gathered at the Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship (CSRL) at Clarion University, PA, January 30 – 31 to brainstorm the future of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Some 79% of all public libraries in the United States serve populations below 25,000; still, ARSL leaders […]

NetLibrary Offers Single Purchase Model

By LJ Staff NetLibrary is offering library customers a new purchasing model for eAudiobooks that should be very much to their liking. The company, which is an OCLC division, in February announced that "librarians now have the option to add individual titles to their collections from leading publishers including Random House, Blackstone Audio, and many […]

Oregon Debuts LibraryFind

By LJ Staff There’s a new kid on the (meta)search block. LibraryFind, an open-source project funded by the State Library of Oregon, is currently live at Oregon State University (OSU), but the library has just packaged up a release for anyone to download and install. Jeremy Frumkin, Gray Chair for Innovative Library Services at OSU, […]

Burst Pipe Soaks Rare Books at Lexington Public Library, KY

By LJ Staff The Lexington Public Library, KY, is in cleanup mode after a burst pipe Tuesday soaked materials in part of the Central Library, including several in the Kentucky Room, home to local special collections. Old books, newspapers, and vinyl records were all being dried and, in some cases, freeze-dried as part of reclamation. […]

Columbus Foundation Given $1M in Honor of Advocate

By LJ Staff The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) Foundation, OH, has received a $1 million planned gift from the Kessler family in honor of Charlotte Kessler, a longtime CML advocate. The gift will be added to the foundation’s endowment fund, which she helped establish, spokesperson Stephen Lilly told LJ. It likely will be used to […]

Albany Public Library Director Gets State Education Job

By LJ Staff Jeff Cannell, who helped steer the Albany Public Library, NY, through a successful funding referendum earlier this month, will next month become the New York State Education Department’s deputy commissioner of cultural education, overseeing not only libraries, but also museums, archives and public records, and public broadcasting. "It was just a once-in-a-lifetime […]

Barbara Gittings, Pioneer Promoting Gay/Lesbian Literature, Dies at 75

By LJ Staff Barbara Gittings, the force behind the American Library Association’s (ALA) Gay Task Force (now the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table), and an early pioneer in gay rights, has died at the age of 75. Gittings, although not a librarian, was involved with ALA for more than 20 years. In 2003, […]

Cussler Suing Crusader Entertainment Over ‘Ruined’ Sahara Script

By LJ Staff Adventure author Clive Cussler is suing Crusader Entertainment, claiming the film-production company breached a contract that gave him approval rights to the screenplay adaptation of his novel Sahara. Cussler says he approved several scripts before rejecting a 2002 adaptation by writer Josh Friedman and after additional rewrites was told that he didn’t […]

Mystery Writers of America Launch Edgar Web Site

By LJ Staff The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) have taken to the net with the debut of their new site www.theedgars.com, ‘the exclusive online destination for information about the Edgar Awards.’ The site offers in-depth info on the 2007 nominees and their nominated works. Visitors also can learn about the awards and purchase tickets […]