November 24, 2017

Archives for February 2012

Update: Toronto Library To Sell Ads

The Toronto Public Library (TPL) board decided to sell advertising in the library at its February 27 meeting. The board will hire a contractor to sell advertising on the backs of due-date slips, at no cost to the library, and a consultant for $10,000 to look for other in-library advertising opportunities.

Harvard Library Forms Councils with Union, Names Group Heads

The Harvard Library management will form three “joint councils” with the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) to negotiate the library system’s reorganization, according to Harvard student newspaper The Crimson. The joint councils are defined in the university’s agreement with HUCTW, and won’t have authority to contravene that agreement. The councils will represent […]

U.C. Library Renovations Double Visitors

Usage of the newly renovated McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz has doubled since the renovation. M. Elizabeth Cowell, associate university librarian, told LJ that gate count through December 2011 showed 201,100 visits, compared with 90,381 for the same time the previous year. That’s even more impressive when you consider that the building, renovated by […]

Mandel Foundation Gives $5 Million to West Palm Beach Library, Now Renamed

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation (WPBLF) in West Palm Beach, Florida, received a $5 million grant from the Mandel Foundation on February 21. The West Palm Beach Library will be renamed the “Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach,” and representatives of the Mandel Foundation will serve on several committees of the WPBLF. The […]

Paralibrarian of the Year 2012: Linda Dahlquist

A 17-year veteran with the Volusia County Public Library (VCPL), Dahlquist was promoted through every paraprofessional classification in just over three years. She is now a library associate, and her work is so respected that her fellow staffers, including the librarians, named her VCPL’s “Unsung Hero” and presented her with their Customer Service Award as well.

Because of the range of her duties, her creative initiatives to improve library service, her teamwork, and her model efforts to help library users, Linda Dahlquist is LJ’s 2012 Paralibrarian of the Year, an award sponsored by DEMCO, Inc.

Elsevier Backs Off RWA Support; Still Opposes Mandated Open Access

This article has been updated to include information on the bill’s status and from ACRL. Scientific journal publisher Elsevier today withdrew its support for the Research Works Act (RWA), a bill which would have prohibited open access mandates for federally funded research. The publisher had been the target of a boycott among academics, as LJ […]

OverDrive to Distribute Harry Potter eBooks

This article was updated to include additional information from OverDrive, Pottermore, SLJ and C/W Mars. And now for a very exciting sequel…. Harry Potter and the Public Library. Pottermore, the Harry Potter ebooks site, entered into an exclusive worldwide ebook and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries. This is the first time the Harry Potter ebooks have been […]

PLA Conference Preview 2012: Great Expectations | Philadelphia, March 13–17

Expectations are very optimistic for attendance at the Public Library Association (PLA) biennial conference in Philadelphia, March 13–17. Preregistrations at this writing were already coming in at a rate even with or a bit ahead of the attendance in 2010; with librarians and exhibitors, total attendance might exceed 8000.

Most Students Don’t Use Social Media to Study

Some 59 percent of students are not using social media for research or study, according to ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey – Social Media Addendum. Lynn Brainard, ebrary’s media relations sales coordinator, North America, told LJ, “The survey was taken by undergraduate and post-graduate students. We also pushed this out to community colleges, so […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 2/24/12

Sandy Aden, Director, North Suburban Library District, Wheeling, IL, will retire this fall after 15 years of service, with three and a half years in her current position. Chris Ashmore has been promoted to Director, Jacksonville Public Library, IL, succeeding the retiring Sharon Zuiderveld. Ashmore most recently was Adult Services Librarian and Assistant Director. Nancy […]