February 16, 2018

Archives for January 2002

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2001 Contenders

By LJ Staff The National Book Critics Circle has released the names of the authors in the running for the 2001 awards. As in previous years, the nominees are a crop of veterans and newbies representing Goliath print houses such as Random and HarperCollins and gallant university press and smaller publishers such as Lyons Press. […]

Librarians Win $25 Million in Race Bias Suit Against Atlanta-Fulton PL

By LJ Staff A group of women librarians proved victorious in their racial bias suit against the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA, when they were awarded $25 million by a jury on January 16. The eight white women claimed they were illegally demoted and reassigned from the downtown branch to achieve “racial equality.” The jury found […]

Editorial: Right Message, Wrong Messenger

By John N. Berry III, Editor-in-Chief Libraries under the gun again! In times like these, when the need for library service seems so urgent and so obvious, libraries are under pressure to cut budgets, hours, and services. Politicians, academic administrators, legislatures, and governors target library budgets when they are but a tiny piece of the […]

Liebscher ALISE’s President-Elect

By LJ Staff The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) announced the results of its elections last week. Peter Liebscher, School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University of American, Washington, DC, will serve as president-elect, and Laurie Bonnici of the School of Information Studies at Florida State University will serve as […]

ALA Rejects Independent Press Task Force

By LJ Staff Officers of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Exhibitors Round Table rejected a proposal for an Independent Press Task Force at their January 21 meeting. The proposal for the new group was submitted by exhibitor Charles Willet, who represented roughly half a dozen publishers ghettoized in the alternative press area, where few librarians […]

ALA Assets Down, Costs Up

By LJ Staff At various Council sessions at the Midwinter meeting, financial reports revealed flat income and revenue just as external costs and internal operating expenses are increasing. ALA Treasurer Liz Bishoff’s report indicates that assets are down due to a decline in the market value of the endowment, while expenses are being incurred for […]

Texas State Library Launches Lone Star Libraries Program

By LJ Staff The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has bestowed $2.9 million in funds to libraries throughout the state to launch a new program dubbed: Lone Star Libraries. Unlike most grant programs where funding is awarded for a specific purpose, the Lone Star Libraries allows participators to apply the money toward any area […]

ALA Extends Accreditation for Pratt/Arizona

By LJ Staff The American Library Association’s (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (COA) again has accredited the master’s program at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. Anne Woodsworth, dean of the program, announced in late January that ALA’s Committee deemed “that [Pratt] met the current standards and stated that the next review will be […]

Privacy Highlighted in Resolution, Hearing

By LJ Staff Under the title “Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks,” the American Library Association (ALA) Council in New Orleans passed a resolution, “Encourag[ing] libraries and their staff to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the people’s lawful use of the library, its equipment, and its resources.” The […]

2005 Joint Conference for Minority Caucuses

By LJ Staff Representatives from the Librarians of Color Caucuses met at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting to begin the planning process for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2005, the first meeting of its type. The participating caucuses are the American Indian Library Association, the Asian Pacific Americans Library Association, the Black […]