April 20, 2018

Archives for April 2003

Virginia Beach PL Bookmobile Service Threatened

By LJ Staff To save approximately $194,000, Virginia Beach City Manager James Spore has recommended that the public library’s bookmobile be terminated July 1 after 44 years of service. Spore claims that with the opening of the new Princess Anne branch later this year, which will serve about 65 percent of the population now using […]

ALA Postpones Toronto Decision Until Friday

By LJ Staff Given concerns about the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Toronto, American Library Association (ALA) officials have decided to postpone a decision regarding the Annual Conference, scheduled for Toronto June 19-25 as a joint conference with the Canadian Library Association (CLA). The ALA Executive Board met in an emergency conference call […]

Possible Summer Opening for Lincoln Library

By LJ Staff The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL, could open this summer, although state officials had hoped to cut the ribbon on the facility on Lincoln’s birthday last February 16. The structure of the library essentially is complete, but important extras such as climate control are not completely functional. “We don’t want to […]

ALA’s New Web Site Frustrates Users

By Walter Minkel A flood of complaints about the long loading time and confusing organization of the American Library Association’s (ALA) new Web site, unveiled on April 7, has sent ALA’s site managers scrambling to make adjustments. Message boards for library professionals have been filled with complaints about the site’s many problems, including a search […]

Michael Moore Finally Comes Through on Pledge

By LJ Staff During the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference last June, author and filmmaker Michael Moore announced he was establishing a scholarship fund for minorities to attend library school. He also said he would donate 1000 copies of his films Roger and Me and Bowling for Columbine, as well as his television specials, […]

China’s National Library Closes as “Preventive Measure” Against SARS

By LJ Staff China closed its National Library in Beijing April 23 as a precaution against the SARS outbreak, which has claimed more than 100 lives in that nation. Statistics for the city itself, as of April 25, were 39 deaths and nearly 775 cases. Library officials said that the facility would reopen May 6. […]

Report from Toronto: No Panic Here

By LJ Staff LJ was visiting Toronto on April 23, when the World Health Organization issued its warning about SARS. Like many of those in the city, we observed a noticeable disparity between outside alarm and local calm. The hotels have been hit hard, due to concern felt by tourists and business travelers, and taxi […]

ALA Joins International Library Community to Help in Iraq

By LJ Staff The American Library Association (ALA) has begun working with other members of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force–which includes the Library of Congress, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and various cultural organizations–to coordinate with efforts of the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions Association (IFLA) and UNESCO to respond to […]

WHO Targets Toronto for SARS; City Officials Furious, Conference Questioned

By LJ Staff American Library Association officials, who were staunch in their statements that the Annual Conference in Toronto would go forward, found themselves on the defensive April 23 after the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement advising against all but essential travel to Toronto. The WHO said it would reevaluate its warning in […]

CT Academic Libraries Choose Endeavor

By LJ Staff Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, which together make up the CTW Library Consortium, have inked a deal with Endeavor Information Systems to install a Voyager ILS as well as a Universal Borrowing intraconsortia lending system. Combined, the triumvirate have more than two million items. The more up-to-date Endeavor OPAC software […]