November 20, 2017

Archives for July 2007

Union Strikes, Shuts Down Vancouver, BC Library

By Lynn Blumenstein For the first time in the 77-year history of Vancouver Public Library (VPL), BC, the entire 22-branch system has been shut down by a strike. It began yesterday; more than 470 out of 771 union members picketed in front of the central library. Earlier this month, 97 percent of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public […]

New Orleans Public Library Names Director from Huntsville, AL

By Norman Oder The Katrina-battered New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) has named a director, Donna Schremser of the Huntsville/Madison County Library, AL, who has a longtime affection for the city and a history of building facilities, a major challenge as the Crescent City. The announcement comes more than a year after former Director Bill Johnson […]

Arbitrator Gives Nod to Library of Congress Union Over Confidentiality Issue

By Norman Oder The Library of Congress (LC) and its professional union, the Library of Congress Professional Guild, AFSCME Local 2910, have been at odds over a number of issues, and an arbitrator recently gave the union a boost regarding a grievance the union said would threaten the confidentiality of its work. On October 16, 2006, […]

InfoTech: Wadsworth PL Contracts for Innovative’s Millennium and Encore

By Michael Rogers Innovative Interfaces is the choice of Ohio’s Wadsworth PL, which contracted for the vendor’s Millennium ILS and Encore discovery services platform. Wadsworth also is joining SearchOhio, a web service collecting catalog data from libraries across the state (it has roughly seven million records). SearchOhio will be merging with the OhioLINK network of […]

NJ Town Says No to $500K for Library Name Change

By Jennifer Pinkowski From 1959 to 1979, Barbara Slack sat on the library board of the McCowan Memorial Library in Pitman, NJ, a 46-year-old institution named after the borough’s five-term mayor, whose family estate funded the building of the library. When Slack died earlier this year, her husband, Charles, decided to memorialize her. He approached […]

Database Cuts, Spending Caps Threaten NJ Libraries

By Lynn Blumenstein & Norman Oder New Jersey library advocates are scrambling to respond to legislation that cuts database funding and caps municipal spending increases. The New Jersey Knowledge Initiative (NJKI), launched in 2005, aims to help entrepreneurs, small business owners, researchers, and students with free web access to science, technology, medical, and business databases. […]

Arbitrator Gives Nod to Library of Congress Union Over Confidentiality Issue

By Norman Oder The Library of Congress (LC) and its professional union, the Library of Congress Professional Guild, AFSCME Local 2910, have been at odds over a number of issues, and an arbitrator recently gave the union a boost regarding a grievance the union said would threaten the confidentiality of its work. On October 16, 2006, […]

How's Maricopa Dewin'?

I wrote a few weeks ago about the Maricopa County’s Perry branch dumping the Dewey sytem and arranging the collection in bookstore fashion using BISAC Subject Headings. The maneuver started a lot of ripples in the library world, some thinking it was new and inventive and forward-thinking, blah, blah, blah, and others saying the idea was just plain […]

Harry in a Hurry

By Michael Rogers Slate pondered the question of how reviewers coped with the last Potter adventure, which was embargoed, leaving most critics waiting  in line along with the rest of the reading public for the book’s July 21 release, only to hurry home with a pot of java or a six-pack of Coke handy to survive an all-nighter […]

Editor’s Pick

By Courtney Deines-Jones, Grimalkin Group, LLC, Silver Spring, MD Editor’s Pick for July 24, 2007 Never Been Done: The Jon Comer Story. color. 60+ min. Matthew Powers, Powers Philms; www.neverbeendone.com. DVD $14.95 + $5 s/h. DISABILITIES Never Been Done: The Jon Comer Story is a “jock with a disability” piece with a twist: the hero […]