February 16, 2018

Archives for January 2003

Magic Touches Local Orlando School Schools

By Debra Lau Whelan Four elementary school libraries in Orlando, FL, have each received 1,000 Scholastic books and a $3,500 stipend to purchase additional materials, thanks to the Orlando Magic basketball team’s Read to Achieve program. Hamilton Elementary, Ventura Elementary, Nap Ford Community School, and Lake Weston Elementary–all at-risk schools with a majority of students […]

Libraries Provide Sole Online Access to Two-Thirds of CO Patrons

By LJ Staff Public libraries in Colorado are bridging the technology gap for “technology have-nots from all walks of life,” according to a study completed in October 2002 and recently released by the state’s Library Research Service. Public libraries provide the only access to the Internet for two-thirds of library patrons. “Colorado Public Libraries & […]

Eugene PL’s Big Buck Book Sorting System Wonky

By LJ Staff The Eugene Public Library, OR, is still working out the bugs in its multimillion-dollar electronic book sorting system in the new downtown library that opened December 26, 2002. The Tech Logic system is designed to process roughly 350 books per hour, which frees up several staffers and saves the library as much […]

FL PL Meeting Room Policies Criticized

By LJ Staff The meeting room policies of the neighboring Dunedin and Tarpon Springs PL, both in Florida, have both been the subject of controversy. The Dunedin library was sued for banning a meeting for religious purposes, while the Tarpon Springs library has restricted its meeting room to library programs, generating criticism from a political […]

Library Artwork Shushed by Thief

By LJ Staff For the second time, an artwork on display at the Boulder Public Library, CO, has been defaced by a disgruntled critic. Two cassette recordings that are part of Mary Golden’s “Kitchen Diplomacy”–which criticizes the White House’s Homeland Security Act–were removed from the piece by an undetermined vandal. The first cassette sported a […]

Five More California Libraries Win Funding for Construction

By LJ Staff Five California libraries received construction funds from the final round of 2002 funding from Proposition 14, approved by voters in March 2000. Almost $150 million was awarded in early December and an additional $20 million was awarded the end of the month. The California Public Library Construction and Renovation Board will award […]

Sen. Reed Honored by Rhode Island Librarians

By LJ Staff Over 100 librarians and library supporters gathered to show their appreciation for Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed at the William Hall Library in Cranston on January 5. Reed was selected as the 2002 Politician of the Year by Library Journal. Though the reauthorization of the Library Services and Technology Act has stalled […]

Johns Hopkins Gets $325,000 to Help Preserve Rare Books

By LJ Staff The George Peabody Library, part of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, MD, has received a $325,000 Save America’s Treasures grant to help preserve its research collection. The money will be spent to upgrade and modernize the heating and air conditioning system in the historic library, which opened in 1878. Because […]

Lonsak to Retire from Cuyahoga County PL

By LJ Staff John Lonsak will retire this week as director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH. He has worked there 35 years, spending the last 7 1/2 years in his current job. When Lonsak came on board, recounted the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the library system had gone through 10 directors in little […]

High School Student Raises $9,000 for Library

By Walter Minkel McKenzie Cullen, a junior at Ridgefield High School in Washington, devised a senior project that would make any librarian proud: she decided to raise enough money to help her local library start a collection of books on compact discs. And after six months, the 17-year-old exceeded her wildest expectations, raising $9,380–enough to […]