February 16, 2018

Archives for July 2002

‘Caps for Sale’ Creator Dies at 93

By Walter Minkel Esphyr Slobodkina, the Siberian-born author and illustrator of Caps for Sale (HarperCollins), the children’s classic about a peddler and some wily monkeys, died at her home in Glen Head, NY, on July 21. She was 93. Slobodkina began her career in the early 1930s as an abstract artist in New York’s Greenwich […]

Murder-Suicide in Atlanta-Fulton Branch

By LJ Staff A library staffer who had clashed with his branch manager shot her to death and then committed suicide just before the South Fulton branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library opened on the morning of July 29. John Eggleston had been disciplined by Gladys Dennard at the Union City branch, though library officials […]

Revote on Budget Fails Again in New Rochelle

By LJ Staff For the second time this summer, voters in New Rochelle, NY, rejected their public library’s budget. The city was compelled for the first time to conform to a state law to publicly approve its $3.4 million library budget separately from the city budget. The city council chose to fund the library for […]

HI to Study Libraries’ Economic Impact

By LJ Staff The Hawaii State Public Library System is spending $98,000 to study the impact of libraries on business, economic development, and tourism. “Clearly, this is a way of getting the library’s image and the services that we provide that a lot of people don’t know about to our public and also to our […]

Buffalo PL Announces Renovation, Retirement

By LJ Staff Officials at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library plan a $5.1 million renovation of the Central Library in downtown Buffalo, adding a cafe, better seating, and a more user-friendly bookstore atmosphere. Also, Director Diane J. Chrisman announced she would retire at the end of the year. She was appointed in 1999, […]

Drop in State Aid Behind Ohio Closings

By LJ Staff The closing of five branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is symptomatic of the strains felt by all state public libraries. Libraries in Ohio, unlike most in the country, gain most of their funding from the state, though some also have local levies. This year libraries have suffered […]

Residents Rally to Stop Cincinnati Closings

By LJ Staff Hundreds of people throughout Hamilton County are mounting petition drives, starting letter-writing campaigns, and calling town meetings in an effort to stop the closings Sept. 1 of five branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Some are even volunteering to do yard work and other volunteer activities to save […]

Reference Symposium in CO Draws Crowd

By LJ Staff A Collaborative Virtual Reference Symposium held in Denver July 11-12 was originally envisioned as a way to educate local librarians, but it ultimately attracted 120 people, representing 18 states and Canada. While technology–from chat to voice-over IP–is obviously crucial to this new wave of service, it was often overshadowed as participants talked […]

LC Launches Live Chat Patron Reference Service

By LJ Staff The Library of Congress’s (LC) Public Service Collections Directorate has launched a “live chat” reference service. Librarians in selected LC reading rooms will monitor chat from 2 to 3 p.m. EST, M-F. Access to this service will be provided from LC’s online reference service called, “Ask a Librarian…“. The service will be […]

Seattle Public Library Closes–For Two Weeks

By Walter Minkel Budget cuts are forcing libraries to come up with creative ways to save money. Due to a $1.8 million cut, the Seattle (WA) Public Library will close for two weeks over the next six months. So don’t expect to check out or return books there from August 26 through September 1 and […]