November 24, 2017

Archives for August 2007

Salt Lake City to Start Again on Director Search

By Norman Oder It looked like a lock for Clyde Scoles, longtime director of Ohio’s Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, who was the sole remaining candidate to be director of the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL), which lost director Nancy Tessman to retirement. But after visiting Salt Lake City in the past week to tour […]

On September 10, Librarians Will Be a Presence onAnswer Sites

By Lynn Blumenstein On September 10, librarians are asked to “Slam the Boards!” by visiting online “answer sites” such as Yahoo! Answers, Ask MetaFilter, Wikipedia Reference Desk, or Amazon’s Askville, fielding as many questions as possible, and making it clear that the service was provided by a librarian. What began as a word-of-mouth idea has […]

Book News: Bob Newhart, Others Vie for Thurber Humor Prize

By Michael Rogers Thurber House announced that Bob Newhart, Merill Markoe, and Joe Keenan are this year’s trio of finalist for the 2007 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Newhart is nominated for his volume I Shouldn’t Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me As Funny (Hyperion), Merrill Markoe for Walking in Circles Before […]

No Progress in Long-running Vancouver Library Strike

By Jennifer Pinkowski Vancouver Public Library doors remain shut more than 30 days into a labor strike by library staffers and municipal employees, and now VPL director Paul Whitney and CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Local 391 president Alex Youngberg are trading barbs in the press about the terms of the latest contract offer […]

Nashville Public Library To Host StoryBooth, Part of StoryCorps

By Lynn Blumenstein From October 2007 through September 2008, Nashville Public Library (NPL) will be the site of a National Public Radio (NPR)/Library of Congress (LC) StoryBooth, which will record the memories of everyday Americans for NPR broadcast and LC archives. StoryCorps has requested that NPL reserve at least 25 percent of the appointments for […]

No Progress inLong-running Vancouver Library Strike

By Jennifer Pinkowski Vancouver Public Library doors remain shut more than 30 days into a labor strike by library staffers and municipal employees, and now VPL director Paul Whitney and CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Local 391 president Alex Youngberg are trading barbs in the press about the terms of the latest contract offer […]

Mr Library Man Tells All

Sometimes it seems that there’s a lack of humor in this field, so feast your eyes on the Modesto Bee‘s Mr Library Man column. It’s a hoot! My fav: Q: Yo, Librarian, where are the good books? I can’t find any. A: Oh, the good books? We sold those for a quarter at the library […]

Book News: Bantam Imprint Simultaneously To Release Titles in Trade/Mass Market

By Michael Rogers   Book News: Bantam Imprint Simultaneously To Release Titles in Trade/Mass Market Bantam is launching a new imprint, Bantam Discovery, next February that will take the bold step of simultaneously releasing paperback titles in trade and mass market format. The dual releases is an experiment to determine whether format is blocking sales […]

InfoTech: OCLC/IFLA Name Early Career Development Fellows for 2008

By Michael InfoTech: OCLC/IFLA Name Early Career Development Fellows for 2008 OCLC in conjunction with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the American Theological Library Association, and OCLC PICA revealed the international winners of the 2008 IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellows. The winners are:   ·        Hanan Erhif, information specialist, Moroccan Institute […]

Bedford, TX City Council, in 4-3 Vote,Rejects Outsourcing Library to LSSI

By Norman Oder After an intense petition campaign and facing a crowd urging that local management of the Bedford Public Library, TX, be maintained, the Bedford City Council last night voted 4-3 against outsourcing library management to Library Systems and Services, LLC (LSSI). According to former library board chair dona weisman [who uses lower-case for […]