February 17, 2018

Archives for May 2003

Arizona’s SIRLS Gets $1.5M Gift

By LJ Staff A University of Arizona alumni couple, including a 2002 graduate of the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), has announced a gift commitment of $1.5 million to SIRLS, which will bolster a school that recently survived threat of elimination or merger with another department. The funds provided by Duane and […]

Library Commits $100K to Help Fight O’Hare Expansion

By LJ Staff Elk Grove Village Public Library, IL, has committed $100,000 in surplus funds to the village to help build a $5 million war chest to fight the expansion of O’Hare International Airport outside Chicago. The library had $183,000 left in a capital reserve fund, after a project to add computer stations, according to […]

PLoS Set to Debut Its Publishing Venture

By LJ Staff The Public Library of Science (PLoS), the nonprofit organization of scientists aiming to make scientific research a public resource, announced that it has established its publishing venture and will publish its first open-access journal, PLoS Biology, in October 2003. PLoS officials say all journals in its publishing venture will be “governed and […]

MA Universities Face 18% Loss

By LJ Staff The Massachusetts House of Representatives, facing a budget gap of more than $2 billion, would reduce state support for the University of Massachusetts (UMass) system by $80 million, an 18 percent cut. However, the House rejected Republican Governor Mitt Romney’s most ambitious plan – a proposal to dismantle the five-campus system and […]

Arizona Library School Saved

By Walter Minkel The University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) in Tucson is no longer among a list of 16 programs to be eliminated. SIRLS’s Director Brooke Sheldon says the decision to keep the program was based on nationwide fund-raising efforts, coupled with “sustained and vocal support from alumni, employers, […]

Cinven & Candover Acquire Springer

By LJ Staff German conglomerate Bertelsmann has agreed to sell its Bertelsmann Springer science publishing operations to British private equity firms Cinven and Candover for just over 1 billion euros. Analysts say the deal positions the firms, which acquired Kluwer Academic Publishers (KAP) in 2002 for over 600 million euros, to actively compete with industry […]

Laura Bush Announces School Library Grants

By LJ Staff First Lady Laura Bush announced May 20 some $640,000 in grants to 132 school libraries from her Foundation for America’s Libraries. The foundation received more than 6,000 applications for funds to buy books, “which shows how desperate school libraries are around the country,” said Bush. The Foundation will present grants to schools […]

FBI Has Visited About 50 Libraries

By LJ Staff Responding to questions from the House Judiciary Committee about how it had used expanded powers under the USA Patriot Act to combat terrorism, the Justice Department acknowledged May 20 that FBI agents have contacted about 50 libraries as part of investigations. Many of those invitations, in fact, were at the behest of […]

Sanders to Keynote Joint ALA/CLA Conference in June

By LJ Staff Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a hero to librarians because of his sponsorship of the “Freedom to Read Protection Act (HR 1157), will keynote the Opening General Session of the Joint Annual Conference of the American Library Association and Canadian Library Association, in Toronto on June 21. Sanders’s bill, which as of May […]

Pinder, Imhoff Finalists to Head Lexington PL

By LJ Staff Jo Ann Pinder and Kathleen Imhoff, who led or helped lead systems named LJ‘s Library of the Year, are finalists for the directorship of the Lexington Public Library (LPL), KY. The Gwinnett County Public Library, GA, directed by Pinder, received the award in 2000. The Broward County Library, FL, where Imhoff is […]