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Archives for June 2003

Supreme Court Upholds Internet Filters

By Debra Lau Whelan The Supreme Court June 23 upheld a federal law requiring public libraries to install antipornography Internet filters on all computers or lose federal subsidies and grants. The court’s 6 – 3 ruling on the constitutionality of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was a blow to public libraries and other advocates […]

Web Site of the Month: Zue S. Bales Intermediate School Library

By LJ Staff www.friendswood.isd.tenet.edu/ba/lib A pleasing picture of students reading in the Bales Intermediate School library in Friendswood, TX, is the first thing you see when you visit this site, managed by Bonnie Keith (bkeith@fisdk12.net), the school’s media specialist. For more photos of students participating in library-related activities, the site features a “Picture This” page, […]

Editorial: Solomon’s Gift

By LJ Staff In the last 18 months, School Library Journal has published a steady diet of features on improving student performance. However, today’s teens have so much more to deal with than GPAs and SATs. Societal pressures, the media, and the at-risk environments in which some teens live all pose tremendous challenges to them […]

Fifth Potter Outing Sets Sales Records

By LJ Staff Though Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was roughly a year late, fans weren’t dissuaded from ravenously gobbling it up in unprecedented numbers. Scholastic Inc., the book’s domestic publisher, reports that the book sold a stunning five million copies within the first 24 hours of its release. Bloomsbury PLC, the […]

CIPA Fallout: What Next?

By LJ Staff Libraries around the country were answering questions last week about whether they would change their policies in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). For those that now must add filters, that will take time and money, and it is not yet clear when […]

CIPA Commentary: Much Criticism

By LJ Staff Much comment on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Children’s Internet Protection Act decision criticized the court. Though the court said libraries can simply disable filters upon request by adults – -as opposed to the language of the law, which required “bona fide research purposes,” a questionable standard — that won’t be […]

Libraries Backing Summer Reading Programs

By LJ Staff The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, is joining forces with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), Scholastic Inc., Verizon, and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) to launch the Summer Reading Journey, which is described as “a national public awareness campaign to promote summer reading and deliver literacy resources to selected public libraries across the […]

VTLS Signs Multiple Domestic and International Contracts

By LJ Staff VTLS has added several national and international customers to its stable of users. Domestically, the Grolier Club in New York City, the nation’s oldest society for bibliophiles and graphic arts enthusiasts, has contracted with the vendor for a Virtua system to support its research library. Founded in 1884, the library, devoted to […]

Pearson Publishing Microsoft Windows Books

By LJ Staff Pearson Technology Group (PTG) has won the contract to publish a series of books on Microsoft Windows. According to Pearson, “20 books are expected to publish before year-end, from various PTG imprints, including Addison-Wesley, Que Publishing, and Sams Publishing.” Technical experts from the IT industry, including developers from Microsoft’s Windows and Server […]

EBSCO’s Biomedical Reference Collection Expands

By LJ Staff EBSCO’s Biomedical Reference Collection: Comprehensive Edition is living up to its name, expanding to include almost 800 full-text journals abstracted in MEDLINE, 90 percent of which include PDFs. Recent additions to the database include Chest, Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and the Journal of Family Practice. PDF backfiles on some of […]