February 16, 2018

Archives for July 2003

Minneapolis Board Affirms Cuts

By LJ Staff The Minneapolis Library Board has affirmed the 2004 budget it adopted in preliminary form that will keep branches open but slashes hours and staff. According to the Star-Tribune, no board members opposed the plan, although Chairwoman Laura Waterman Wittstock abstained. Wittstock said she thought the plan left the system with “too much […]

TN State Librarian Threatens to Remove Books

By LJ Staff Tennessee State Librarian Edwin Gleaves has threatened to remove books from two libraries if their budgets are not restored, since state law says funding must be maintained at certain levels to receive state support. Gleaves is demanding that the Dickson County Commissioners restore $50,000 to the area library or he will yank […]

In a Hurry for Harry

By Kathy Ishizuka German Harry Potter fans can’t wait for a translation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix–due in November–so they’re doing it themselves. Via the Web site harry-auf-deutsch.de, about 1,000 German readers have joined in a collective–albeit unofficial–translation of J. K. Rowling’s latest. German publisher Carlsen Verlag says the translation effort […]

Amazon Plan to Digitize Books Raises Questions

By LJ Staff According to numerous recent articles, Amazon.com is in the process of developing a searchable online archive of the full-text of thousands of nonfiction titles. Although they are negotiating with major publishers, they had asked the publishing companies to maintain confidentiality until the expected launch sometime this fall. The project is assumed to […]

Historian Challinor Named by Bush to Chair NCLIS

By LJ Staff President George Bush has named historian Joan Ridder Challinor to chair NCLIS, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She succeeds Martha Gould whose term on the commission expired earlier this month. Challinor, a resident of Washington, DC, was appointed to her current term on the commission by President Bill Clinton […]

Detroit PL Funds Cut Some More

By LJ Staff The Detroit Public Library, which saw its proposed state funds seesaw from $2.6 million to $100,000 to $1.7 million, has now had its funds cut in conference committee to about $1 million. Gov. Jennifer Granholm is expected to sign the spending bill. According to the Michigan Library Association, while state aid to […]

ALA Policies Criticized in Montgomery County, TX

By LJ Staff In Montgomery County, Conroe, TX, the library battles have continued, a year after children’s sex ed books were returned to the shelves, leading library Director Jerilynn Williams to win a PEN award. Now County Judge Alan Sadler is proposing more than 25 changes in how children’s books are selected and displayed, according […]

Arson Fire Destroys Iowa PL; Univ. of Georgia Library Also Torched

By LJ Staff Libraries in Iowa and Georgia fell victim to arsonists in unrelated incidents. Most heavily damaged was the Sioux Center Public Library, IA, which fire department officials said was set ablaze July 22 by vandals. Director Karen Mjorkman told the local press there was significant damage throughout the building, which she said is […]

Tacoma Public Pondering Monday Closure; Seattle To Furlough in August

By LJ Staff The Tacoma Public Library is the latest library to contract dwindling budget syndrome. The library’s board is pondering the possibility of closing the main facility and six branches on Mondays as a result of losing $837,000 in its two-year budget allocation of $20 million. The closures could save almost $800,000. Though loathe […]

Bob Graham Wins Kate Greenaway Medal

By Walter Minkel Australian author and illustrator Bob Graham has won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child (Candlewick, 2002). The medal, presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the most highly regarded award for a picture book for children in the U.K. The winner of the Greenaway Medal […]