November 18, 2017

Archives for August 2007

Bedford, TX Set for Library Outsourcing Vote Tuesday

By Norman Oder In a controversial action, the town of Bedford, TX, which closed its library briefly in 2005 after a tax rollback, is considering a proposal to outsource library management to Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI). The proposal has generated significant concern in the community and led to the dismissal of three of […]

Summer Reading Suggestions Last Call: Narrative Nonfiction

By LJ Staff Stealing Lincoln‘s Body by Thomas J. Craughwell, (Belknap) When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin (Little, Brown) Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins) F-5: Devastation, Survival and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century by Mark Levine (Miramax) […]

Book News: The Real Mystery: Is Rowling Writing Anything?

By Michael Rogers Chalk another one up for the British press. After reporting that author J.K. Rowling was spotted in Scottish cafes penning a mystery novel, word now comes that Rowling isn’t writing a mystery novel after all. The Guardian reports that author Ian Rankin, a friend and neighbor of Rowling, who originally claimed that […]

InfoTech: Jasper County PL Contracts for Tech Logic Self Check

By Michael Rogers The Jasper County Public Librarywww.jasperco.lib.in.us/, IN, has contracted for the installation of Tech Logic’s Combo Station self-check system in its Rensselaer, DeMotte, and Wheatfield branches. The Combo Station system includes CircIT software, which allows library staff “to customize screens that encourage patrons to take full advantage of self-checkout,” the vendor said. The […]

Bedford, TX Set for Library Outsourcing Vote Tuesday

By Norman Oder In a controversial action, the town of Bedford, TX, which closed its library briefly in 2005 after a tax rollback, is considering a proposal to outsource library management to Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI). The proposal has generated significant concern in the community and led to the dismissal of three of […]

Toledo’s Scoles Appears Poised for Top Job in Salt Lake City

By Jennifer Pinkowski Clyde Scoles, longtime director of Ohio’s Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL), is the sole remaining candidate for director of the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL), which lost director Nancy Tessman to retirement. SLCPL, the 2006 LJ Library of the Year, has yet to formally offer the job to Scoles, who has […]

Ohio Day of Dialog

By LJ Staff In partnership with the Ohio Library Council and Columbus Metropolitan Library, LJ presents Ohio Day of Dialog, a free and exciting program that includes a panel discussion about the writing/publishing process with author David Giffels (All the Way Home) and his team from William Morrow; an intimate conversation with best-selling author Jennifer […]

ALA to Libraries: Keep Alms for Jihad, Pulped in the UK

By Andrew Albanese & Jennifer Pinkowski At the urging of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), a scholarly book pulped by its British publisher is maintaining a safe haven in U.S. libraries. Alms for Jihad was the target of a potential libel suit in England by Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz, whose charitable […]

Jackson County, OR, Library Likely To Reopen,with Fewer Hours, Under LSSI

By Norman Oder In a sequence far swifter than originally contemplated, Jackson County, OR, officials appear on their way to reopening the 15-branch Jackson County Library Services/, closed since April 6. Management would be provided by outsourcing company Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI), at significant savings and with about half the previous hours, nonunion […]

Book News: Beaufort Books Publishing O.J. Murder Book

By Michael Rogers Beaufort Books August 14 announced it will publish the O.J. Simpson “fictional” murder book If I Did It, which was dropped by HarperCollins after terminating ReganBooks last January. A judge awarded the family of victim Ron Goldman the rights to the book earlier this year as part of their settlement of the […]