April 23, 2018

Archives for August 2002

In Singapore: Matchmaking at the Library

By LJ Staff In Singapore, home of all sorts of social engineering, the Social Development Unit (SDU)—the government matchmaking agency—and the National Library Board have launched Library Dates. According to the Straits Times, eight men and eight women go to what may be the hippest of the board’s community libraries, named library@orchard, in Orchard Road. […]

Minneapolis PL Director Search: MLS Not Required, Pay May Increase

By LJ Staff As the search for a new director of the Minneapolis Public Library proceeds, the Board of Trustees sought to broaden the pool of potential candidates and increase the pay scale by requesting two accommodations from state and local authorities. The City Council voted unanimously on August 9 to honor the board’s request […]

Montana Libraries Face Cuts in Wake of Budget Crisis

By LJ Staff As the soft economy lingers and state tax coffers remain low, officials in Montana have told the state’s university libraries that they can expect less money for book purchases and thus fewer new books. According to local press reports, Montana’s Commissioner of Higher Education Dick Crofts told administrators that university budgets would […]

$1M Gates Grant Awarded to Bogota, Columbia

By LJ Staff During the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Glasgow last week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented BibloRed (Capital Network of Public Libraries) of Bogotá, Colombia, with the 2002 Access to Learning Award for their efforts in expanding access to information, computers, and the […]

IFLA Opens With Poetic Tribute

By LJ Staff Glasgow Poet Laureate Edwin Morgan wrote and recited a poem, “The Welcome,” to mark the opening of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) conference in Glasgow. At the conference’s opening ceremony August 18, Morgan was the first to recite the poem, which begins: “A fanfare for librarians, in verseWith […]

Half Million Books, Archives Damaged in Czech Floods

By LJ Staff More than half a million books have been damaged in libraries across the Czech Republic by disastrous floods, according to the Czech News Agency CTK. Damage to the national library system is estimated at $11 million. Waters have also hit archives and related institutions, destroying irreplaceable books, prints, incunabula, and other documents. […]

Palm Beach County Wants $55 Million for Library Improvements

By LJ Staff Commissioners in Palm Beach County, FL, agreed August 20 to place a $55 million library improvement proposal on the November 5 ballot. The county system consists of 15 libraries, which officials say are crammed to the breaking point with 164,000 more books than they were designed to hold. Because of the lagging […]

Middle, High School Students Want More Challenging Web Assignments

By Walter Minkel Most middle and high school students think their teachers need more Internet training and need to create more challenging Internet assignments. The students also think Web access at school is too limited and heavily filtered. A Pew Internet & American Life Project survey of 2,000 middle and high school students also found […]

Using Clerks as Librarians Misleading Issue, says Hodel

By LJ Staff On August 15, a story in the Orlando Sentinel highlighted a growing phenomenon in public libraries, characterized in the headline as “using clerks as librarians.” Orange County Public Library System Director Mary Anne Hodel, a union representative, American Library Association President Maurice Freedman, library patrons, and reference clerks (some anonymously) were quoted […]

ACLU Files FOIA Request to Learn About USA Patriot Act

By LJ Staff Saying that the American people have a right to know how the government is using “its extraordinary new surveillance powers,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demanding that the Department of Justice provide information about the USA Patriot Act. As reported earlier, the […]