March 20, 2018

Archives for September 2002

divine Unveils Virtual Reference Desk Solution

By LJ Staff divine inc. has introduced a new product dubbed the Virtual Reference Desk. The company’s product is based on customer interaction management software known as NetAgent, which was formerly produced by eShare Communications, which divine bought. The University of Florida, Gainesville RefeXpress service –which originally used NetAgent–is among the first to implement the […]

Kids’ Book Collection Donated to U. of Michigan

By Lynn Blumenstein A collection of children’s illustrated books begun in the early 1940s to “stimulate the imagination” of the two young daughters of professors Lee and Esther Walp has been donated to the University of Michigan’s University Library. The Lee Walp Family Juvenile Book Collection includes more than 6,000 children’s books, hundreds of pieces […]

Europeans Launch Academic Digital Publishing Initiative

By LJ Staff A collective of European universities and publishers have established a network of institutions that will investigate new business models for scholarly publishing and encourage open access to publications produced and distributed with its infrastructure. Called FIGARO, the model will offer participants a technical infrastructure and a network organization strategy that facilitates aspects […]

Pratt SILS Now Anchored in Manhattan

By LJ Staff Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has moved to its new location at 144 W. 14th Street at Pratt’s newly-opened Manhattan campus, which makes it the only library school with headquarters in Manhattan. While Pratt’s main campus remains in Brooklyn, since the mid 1990s, more than 80 percent of […]

Library Growth in Frisco, TX Supported by Bond Vote Results

By LJ Staff Voters in Frisco, TX on Sept. 14 approved a $197.5 million bond package that included $10 million for libraries, approved by 88 percent of the voters. Of the total, $1 million is earmarked for books and materials for the library. Only public safety and street issues received a larger number of votes. […]

UNC Alumnus Donates King James Bible to Library

By LJ Staff Thanks to the generosity of an alumnus, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill now has an ancient bible in its special collections. According to local press reports, Ben Jones, a 1950 UNC graduate, had acquired the 1612 King James Bible at a recent auction for $4100. Days later he simply […]

Cuyahoga County Library Promotes Family Reading

By Lynn Blumenstein The 2002 Families Reading Together program at the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library wants more kids to read. Through the end of October, all 28 branches will register families with elementary school-age children. Participating families will receive a book bag, a reading record to track weekly reading sessions, tips for successful family […]

FL Virtual Online Reference Developed with $339,000 Grant

By LJ Staff A Library Services and Technology Act grant of $339,000 will provide for the collaborative development and delivery of live virtual online reference services to over four million library patrons in Florida. Implementation of the joint project of the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) and the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC) is […]

KCPL’s Dan Bradbury to Retire in January

By LJ Staff Kansas City (MO) Public Library Director and LJ‘s 1991 Librarian of the Year Dan Bradbury will retire on January 15, 2003. Announcing his intentions to the library board, Bradbury stated, “The 19 years I have had with the library have been rewarding and incredibly satisfying for me.” During his near two decades […]

Britain’s First Library Celebrates 150 Years

By LJ Staff Great Britain’s first lending library is celebrating 150 years of service. What is now known as the Manchester Library and Information Service was the result of the 1850 Libraries Act. The act, while supplying no government money itself, allowed local authorities to take a penny from every pound to create a library. […]