April 21, 2018

Archives for March 2002

ALSC & YALSA picks

By LJ Staff The Notable Children’s videos, recordings, computer software and Web sites are compiled annually by four committees of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). These lists were released during the ALA Midwinter meeting in New Orleans, LA. The items on these lists were […]

Celebrate School Library Media Month

By Debra Lau April marks the beginning of School Library Media Month, which will be celebrated along with National Library Week from April 14-20. The theme for both observances is “@ your library,” and the goals are to increase awareness and support for libraries; update the images of libraries and librarians; increase library usage and […]

Memphis-Shelby County New Central PL a Hit

By LJ Staff The Memphis-Shelby County Public Library, TN, reports that the new $70 million Central Library is drawing record crowds since opening in November 2001. Usage has increased 92 percent compared to the past year, circulation is up a hefty 53 percent, and new library card requests are off the scale with a 339 […]

Editorial: Who Should Speak for ALA?

By John N. Berry III, Editor-in-Chief They’ll have to find the greatest librarian in history to be the next Executive Director (ED) of the American Library Association (ALA). Following a period of turmoil at the top, the last ALA Search Committee members sought out and found a solid, competent caretaker to run things at 50 […]

U. of Idaho Library Realignment Criticized by Faculty

By LJ Staff Some 75 faculty members at the University of Idaho (UI) have signed a petition protesting President Bob Hoover’s moving the university’s library under Information Technology Services (ITS) as part of a massive realignment caused by a budget shortfall. As of March 15, the UI library no longer reported to the university’s academic […]

U.S. Donates Books to Afghan Library

By LJ Staff While U.S. military action continues in post-Taliban Afghanistan, there is also action on other fronts, as U.S. officials have donated more than 20,000 books to the Taliban-decimated Kabul University library. The collection, which had been kept in a U.S. cultural center in Kabul, includes reference books and science textbooks. Acting U.S. Ambassador […]

Internet Filters Block Wayback Machine

By LJ Staff The vast Wayback Machine, an ingenious service to Internet users, provides snapshots of past iterations of current web sites as well as sites that no longer exist. However, as activist Seth Finkelstein discovered, various Internet filter programs (or, as some call it, “censorware”) block access to the archive. “So a censorware program […]

Directors Collared for Abuse of Library Credit Cards

By LJ Staff Two library directors are facing jail time because of alleged abuse of the library credit cards. Christine Shafer, director of the Bristol Public Library, VA, pleaded guilty March 14 to embezzling more than $5300 through 36 personal cash advances and purchases made over a four-month period in 2001. She will be sentenced […]

Atlanta Librarian Doesn’t Get Job Back

By LJ Staff A federal judge has ruled that one of eight librarians who won a $25 million racial discrimination case against the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library will nonetheless not get her old job back, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . U.S. District Judge Beverly Martin had previously ordered that Maureen Kelly, who had been circulation […]

KY Teachers Seek Massive Book Review

By Kathy Ishizuka A group of parents and teachers in Russell Springs, KY, wants about 30 titles dealing with witchcraft and ghosts removed from the Russell County High School library. The books include World’s Most Famous Ghosts (Turtleback, 1994) by Daniel Cohen, Embraced by the Light (Penguin, 1978) by Betty J. Eadie, and J. K. […]