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Archives for January 2003

King County, WA, Holding Special Election for Library Funding

By LJ Staff King County Library System, WA, is holding a special election February 4 in hopes voters will embrace bond and levy measures that will generate a whopping $158 million over 20 years. According to the library, the money would be applied toward “capital improvements to existing libraries and the construction of new facilities.” […]

Indiana SLIS Dean Cronin Announces Resignation

By LJ Staff Blaise Cronin, dean of Indiana University’s (IU) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) since 1991, has announced that he will step down as dean effective June 30, 2003. After a year’s sabbatical leave, he will return to the faculty to pursue research interests. Cronin is the Rudy Professor of Information Science, […]

Tracie Hall Named New ALA Diversity Office Director

By LJ Staff The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that Tracie Hall will leave her current position as community librarian at the Hartford PL, CT, to become the director of its Office for Diversity, beginning March 17. She succeeds Sandra Balderrama, who held the post from 1998 until last year. Hall was among the […]

Boston Public Library May Lose Sundays

By LJ Staff Boston joins the growing number of cities considering cuts to numerous goods including schools, health centers, and libraries. Facing a state budget shortage of as much as $200 million, city officials are taking a hard look at substitute teachers, school supplies, summer programs, and library hours. Officials estimate that by closing the […]

UTA to Forgo New Main Library in Favor of Small, Computer-Based Libraries

By LJ Staff Officials at the University of Texas at Arlington (TA) have seen the future–and it is digital. So rather than construct a grand new main library, UTA leaders say that the popularity of digital media has caused them to change course. Now, instead of following up a master plan calling for breaking ground […]

Swets Blackwell out, EBSCO signs on to purchase divine/RoweCom/Faxon

By LJ Staff In a surprising twist of events, Swets Blackwell, which was in talks to purchase the U.S. arm of divine Inc.’s RoweCom/Faxon subsidiary abruptly ended negotations late last week. But just as Swets Blackwell abandoned their efforts, EBSCO Industries Inc. announced that they had signed a “non-binding” letter of intent to acquire the […]

E-Journal Challenges Continue to Mount for Libraries and Vendors

By LJ Staff The divine/RoweCom/Faxon situation is now giving way to a more general concern among librarians about the future of serials acquisitions and the survival of subscription agents. So far, the failure of the subscription agent has been blamed almost entirely on divine’s apparent siphoning of funds. But librarians and industry-watchers alike are also […]

California Public Libraries Face Cuts

By LJ Staff California, for example, must contend with a $35 billion deficit, and both public and academic libraries have been targeted for reductions in FY03/04. Gov. Gray Davis has proposed halving state support of California’s 179 library systems, from about $32 million to $15 million a year. Davis has suggested a way for libraries […]

The Best of the Best 2003

By LJ Staff Many librarians were surprised when the winners of this year’s John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals were announced. Neither of the major award winners had been ranked among the contenders. Here’s a list of the top awards for children’s literature presented on January 27 at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting. Newbery […]

IMLS Grant Deadline Fast Approaching

By Debra Lau Whelan If your library offers an exemplary learning program, try applying for a grant from the National Awards for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for extraordinary public service. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, more than $16 million in grants were awarded last year to museums, […]