April 20, 2018

Archives for April 2002

High School Librarian Improperly Fired

By Debra Lau A former high school media specialist was improperly fired for using a school library computer to access sexually explicit Web sites and is entitled to back pay and benefits, according to a due process hearing officer. The Arkansas City (KS) school district terminated Arkansas City High School Librarian Robert Hicks on April […]

ALA Names Keith Michael Fiels New Executive Director

By Debra Lau Keith Michael Fiels, director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, has been appointed new executive director of the American Library Association (ALA), effective July 1. Fiels, an ALA member since 1976, has more than 15 years of senior administrative library experience and has worked in public and school libraries. He remains […]

Editorial: Don’t Let Government Off the Hook

By John N. Berry III, Editor-in-Chief Fundraising is dangerous! An ancient and honorable way to add to the resources of a public library, private fundraising must be handled with great care or it can have exactly the opposite effect. It can undermine the case for tax support upon which public libraries must depend. Read the […]

Free Newspaper Service Available for Blind

By LJ Staff A free service that allows blind people to “read” daily newspapers using a touch-tone telephone is now available throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Technology for the service was developed by the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) and was previously used on a more limited basis in several states. Through […]

Google’s Fee Answer Service: Latest Reference Opportunity?

By LJ Staff The latest online reference opportunity for librarians–and perhaps threat to them–has arrived from Google, which is beta-testing a fee-based answer service. Those who wish to qualify as a researcher must write a paragraph, passing five sample questions, and submitting to user feedback. Fees are also negotiable, and can range from $4 to […]

Stanford University Libraries Helps Establish Writing Prize for New Authors

By LJ Staff The Stanford University Libraries have announced the launch of writing prize to acknowledge new writers. The award, which will be administered in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, will be known as the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. It will be awarded for newly published works including novels, short stories, dramas, […]

Bill Would Create Online Red Light District

By LJ Staff Even though a Congressional commission observed in 2000 that it might be unconstitutional for Congress to try segregate adult web sites, a new bill to do that has been introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D-LA). It would instruct the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to set up a new […]

Nancy Zussy, WA State Librarian, Steps Down

By Debra Lau The saga at the Washington State Library continues. Nancy Zussy, the state librarian for 16 years, is stepping down this summer following news that the library will be folded into the Secretary of State’s Office. Jan Walsh, the assistant director for customer services, has been appointed acting state librarian. “Now that the […]

“One City, One Book” Goes National in Canada

By LJ Staff After Seattle and Chicago launched citywide book club projects, several states have taken the concept to another level. Now Canada has embarked on a national project to read In the Skin of a Lion, a romantic mystery by Michael Ondaatje. The book, chosen the winner of CBC Radio’s “Canada Reads” project, was announced […]

EBSCO Releases Medical Database in Spanish

By LJ Staff EBSCO Publishing is marketing a new database for Spanish-speaking medical researchers. Called MedicLatina, the database includes the full text with PDFs for more than 50 peer-reviewed medical journals in Spanish. According to EBSCO, the publications cover a range of topics including neuroscience, cardiology, nephrology, biomedicine, clinical research, and pediatrics. Among the journals […]