April 23, 2018

Archives for March 2003

Arkansas PLs Suffer, But State Aid May Return

By LJ Staff While most state agencies in Arkansas have suffered ten percent cuts, libraries have suffered disproportionately, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; state aid to libraries is down nearly 90 percent, from $4.9 million in 2001 and cut to $500,000 this year. “We’ve already lost a lot of progress that libraries have made,” said Jack […]

More Publishers Sign EBSCO Deal

By LJ Staff A growing number of publishers say they have signed onto the deal put forth by EBSCO Industries to purchase bankrupt divine, inc.’s failed RoweCom subscription business, prompting Elsevier to distribute a statement declaring that the “period of uncertainty” was over for libraries. Elsevier officials said last week that the company would continue […]

Child Lured from New Jersey Library Found Slain

By LJ Staff The body of a three-year-old boy lured from the Colonia Branch of Woodbridge Public Library, NJ, was found in a drain pipe several blocks away after being slain by a killer authorities say is a ten-year-old boy. According to the New York Times, police said Amir Beeks followed the suspect, whose name […]

Minneapolis PL Staffers File Suit Over Porn Exposure

By LJ Staff After filing a “hostile environment” sexual harassment claim regarding exposure to patrons’ porn surfing and seeing mediation proposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) go nowhere, 12 staffers at the Minneapolis Public Library filed a federal lawsuit against the library March 24. The EEOC in 2001 found probable cause of a […]

NYC PLs Fear Effect of More Cuts

By LJ Staff Proposed cuts in both city and state support for New York City’s three public library systems-the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and the Queens Borough Public Library (QBPL)-will have devastating effects, officials say. Library directors and union leaders testified last week before the City Council, which is […]

Hesperus/Trafalgar Square Releasing Newly Discovered Woolf Volume

By LJ Staff Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Not Hesperus Press. The small publisher, which is distributed by Trafalgar Square, has announced that in July it will release recently discovered material by Woolf under the title Carlyle’s House and Other Sketches. The previously unknown writings were among a collection of private papers discovered by scholar […]

Harry Potter and the Magic Money-Making Machine

By LJ Staff The publishing industry is slowly adopting Hollywood’s distasteful habit of releasing multiple video/DVD versions of a film with minor differences in order to generate more sales to diehard fans. Bloomsbury Publishing announced it is releasing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with two distinct covers, for children and adult readers. […]

E-Book Sales Grow, as Do Sales of University Press Books

By LJ Staff Electronic book sales have grown to impressive numbers, according to figures released by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Sales were $3.3 million in January 2003, up significantly from $211,000 a year earlier. These numbers only include the reports of six major publishers: Farrar Straus Giroux, HarperCollins, Wiley, Random House, Simon and […]

Serials Solutions Introducing Journal Linker

By LJ Staff Serials Solutions, which has made great strides in the library market in recent years, is now marketing Journal Linker, a product that bridges the gap between a citation and its full text. When librarians or patrons perform a search in a subscribed database and find a citation, they can click on the […]

Barnes & Noble.com Launches Library Bookstore Service

By LJ Staff The presence of Barnes & Noble.com at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting marked the start of a new relationship between the Goliath bookseller and the library market. Now the company has launched a new online service called The Library Bookstore, offering libraries many benefits. Brian Buckley, VP of professional sales […]