November 18, 2017

Archives for April 2007

Spider-Man Musical Featuring U2 Lyrics Coming to Broadway

By LJ Staff He’s already made gazillions as a film star, and now Marvel Entertainment April 19 announced that its mega-popular Spider-Man is headed to Broadway as a musical with words and lyrics written by no less than U2’s Bono and the Edge. The play will be directed by Julie Taymor, who snagged a Tony […]

Bana To Star as Niffenegger’s Time-Traveling Librarian

By LJ Staff Sexy librarian alert: in what is sure to boost the profession’s image, Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams have signed to star in the film adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel The Time-Traveler’s Wife, in which Bana will portray a "dashing librarian [aren’t they all?] at Chicago’s Newberry Library who has a gene that […]

Albert Murray Receives Harvard’s Du Bois Medal

By LJ Staff Author Albert Murray has received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Institute director Henry Louis Gates, Jr., said that Murray won the award in honor of his "contributions to the arts, culture, and to the life of the mind" In presenting […]

LC Launches Blog

By LJ Staff The Library of Congress turned 207 years old yesterday, and for the anniversary launched its first-ever blog, which is either proof that blogging has become indispensable or maybe just that blogging has jumped the shark. LC blog moderator Matt Raymond titled the first blog posting "What Hath God Wrought?," a reference to the first words […]

Court Agrees That TN Library Could Be Outsourced

By LJ Staff Library Systems & Services LLC (LSSI) is already running the Jackson-Madison County Library, TN, but a potential retroactive roadblock has just been removed. Madison County Commissioners had challenged the right of the library board to privatize library management; after a lower court agreed, the commissioners appealed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, […]

Earth Day Readings

By LJ Staff Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (Mariner Bks.) The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery (Atlantic Monthly) Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert (Bloomsbury) The End of Nature by Bill Mckibben (Random) An […]

LJ Talks to J.W. Rinzler

By LJ Staff New York Times bestselling author J.W. Rinzler is the executive editor at what he calls the ‘very tiny books division’ within Star Wars creator George Lucas’s vast production empire, Lucasfilm Ltd. He has authored several book on the Star Wars series including the new The Making of Star Wars being released to […]

Lithium Springs

By Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Editor’s Pick for April 24, 2007 color. 78 min. Carter Lord, Ocean Entertainment, 4407 Oakglen Rd., Lakeland, FL 33813; 800-852-0662; www.lithiumsprings.com. 2006 release. DVD $19.95 + $2 s/h. Environment This quirky, offbeat independent film provides some interesting insights into the value of our natural environment. Retiree […]

European Digital Library Suggests Model License to Cover Orphan Works

By LJ Staff A European Union ‘High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries,’ including stakeholders from the British Library, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, the Federation of European Publishers, and Google, has prepared an advisory report suggesting a voluntary license scheme to deal with copyright issues hampering the progress of library digitization efforts. Among the report’s suggestions: […]

Philadelphia’s Shelkrot Will Step Down After 20 Years

By LJ Staff Elliot Shelkrot, director and president of the Philadelphia Free Library for the past 20 years, announced yesterday that he would step down at the end of this year. The story made the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer, as did a photo of one of the library’s most recent accomplishments, the first […]