February 17, 2018

Archives for August 2003

NYPL’s Schomburg Center Gets Arthur Ashe Papers

By LJ Staff The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library has received the papers of tennis champion Arthur Ashe. Ashe’s widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, donated the tennis star’s papers to the Schomburg Center on the tenth anniversary of his death in 1993. The collection contains correspondence; speeches and other […]

Mellon Foundation Funds Librarian Recruitment Program

By LJ Staff The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to six academic libraries to address librarian recruiting and diversity issues at the undergraduate level. The resulting program is intended to familiarize undergraduate students with the library profession, the issues and challenges facing the profession, and draw their attention to librarianship as […]

WV Court Libraries, PLs Get Legal Research Center Funds

By LJ Staff West Virginia’s Supreme Court and Library Commission are joining forces to test market nine legal research centers across the state. The centers, funded by a one-year $45,000 grant from the State Justice Institute (SJI), will be divided equally among three urban public libraries, three rural public libraries, and three circuit court libraries. […]

Wisconsin Bill Would Revamp PL Spending

By LJ Staff A bill has been introduced in Wisconsin that would allow a per capita spending formula to fund libraries rather than one based on property values. AB 431, sponsored by Rep. Mark Gottlieb (R-Port Washington), would prevent communities from committing additional funds to libraries because the value of property has risen. The law […]

Nashville Gains $1M, Opens Fridays

By LJ Staff The Nashville Public Library (NPL) has good news to report. All 20 branches are now open Fridays, effective August 15. NPL received an extra $1 million for its operating budget. The branches had been closed Fridays since 1978. The library’s operating budget has increased steadily since 1999, from $10.5 million to the […]

Public Library of Science Offers Journal Preview

By LJ Staff The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is offering the public an early glimpse at its first foray into journal publishing–and if the initial preview is an indication of what’s to come, the publishing operation is off to a strong start. PLoS officials note, in an accompanying statement, that publishing selected articles from […]

Bridgeton Free Library Facing Closure

By LJ Staff The Bridgeton Free Library, NJ, looks to be the latest library facing possible closure. The city, the state’s third poorest, faces the unfortunate choice between closing the library, a zoo, and other public facilities January 2004, or instituting a large tax hike. The city divided up services into essential and non-essential and […]

Budget Fails State Standards; TN System May Lose Services

By LJ Staff The Dickson County Public Library and Lifelong Learning Center, TN, is facing a more severe fallout from budget cuts than most other libraries. It may lose 20,000 state-owned books, or one-fourth of its collection. Because the county approved a budget that fails to satisfy a state contract called maintenance of effort–funding at […]

Libraries Left in the Dark

By Debra Lau Whelan Teenagers were just emerging from a summer writing program at the Queens Borough Public Library’s Flushing branch when the lights went out at about 4:10 p.m. on August 14. No one panicked, but there was a lot of confusion about what to do, says Branch Manager Ruth Herzberg. About 400 patrons, […]

Libraries Survive Blackout With No Major Hitches

By LJ Staff The August 14 blackout that doused the lights for roughly 50 million people in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest left libraries in the dark. Fortunately, none of the libraries LJ contacted experienced hardships not shared by countless others and most were back up and running within days. Detroit was hit […]