February 16, 2018

Archives for November 2002

Fort Worth PL Trains Starbucks Staff in Storytelling

By Lynn Blumenstein The Fort Worth Public Library (FWPL) Foundation, TX, has received a $5,754 grant from the Starbucks Foundation to train Starbucks employees in the “Mother Goose” method of storytelling. The FWPL Community Outreach Department will initiate a one-year pilot program at one Starbucks location with the goal of incorporating the family-literacy storytelling method […]

New Study Finds More Parents Use the Net than Non-Parents

By Walter Minkel A recent study finds that parents with children under 18 are more likely to use the Internet than their childless peers. Funded by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the study finds that 70 percent of American parents with children under 18 use the Internet, compared to 53 percent of adults […]

CIPA Expenses and Donations Impact ALA Financial Report

By LJ Staff According to an unaudited financial report, presented to the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) at their November 2 meeting, the General Fund realized a net loss of $634,384 for FY 2002. Net revenue was $176,032 before unbudgeted expenses of $810,416, approved at the Fall 2001 Executive Board meeting. At […]

Limited Budget Causes Strains at DC Public Library

By LJ Staff With a materials budget that has remained static for a decade and the number of staff cut by a third, the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is hurting. As the Washington Times reported, hours have been cut at most branches so they can be staffed with the required two-person minimum required […]

Library Use Explodes in TX City

By LJ Staff What happens when school libraries are cut and more parents homeschool their kids? Well, the city library feels the strain. The Wichita Falls Public Library, TX, has seen reference desk inquiries more than triple in a year. Library Director Linda Hughes told the local Times Record News that, because children aren’t taught […]

Neighbors in LI Town Now Have Borrowing Privileges

By LJ Staff After a 15-week pilot program showed that residents from Smithtown could check books out of the neighboring Commack Public Library, NY, without abusing the privilege, the program has been expanded. No longer will residents be limited to only two books a week. According to Newsday, state officials reasoned that because the Smithtown […]

Lincoln Presidential Library Dedicated

By LJ Staff Local and federal politicos gathered in Springfield, IL, November 18 for the dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Outgoing Illinois Gov. George Ryan (R) dedicated the $115 million facility, which will house more than 46,000 artifacts relating to the president, his war-torn administration, and the times in which he lived, many […]

Barbie’s New Career: Librarian?

By LJ Staff Librarians always say they need an image makeover, at least in terms of public stereotypes, so maybe Barbie’s new career will further that. (Could it foster a new stereotype?) As of November 22, both adults and children who responded to an online poll concerning a new career voted overwhelmingly for librarianship. Of […]

Foundations for New Frontiers Explored at ASIST Meetings

By LJ Staff More than 750 people from several countries participated in nearly 80 technical program sessions, two plenary sessions, contributed paper and poster sessions, and a variety of preconference workshops offered as part of the Annual Meeting of ASIST, the American Society for Information Science and Technology. The theme of the conference, held in […]

LFF to Launch the Americans for Libraries Council

By LJ Staff Libraries for the Future is launching the Americans for Libraries Council (ALC), and while the official announcement won’t come for a few weeks, the new ALC emerged last week. On November 21, the ALC and the Boston Athenaeum presented Reinvesting in Our Libraries, a National Library Forum. Held in Boston, the event […]