February 16, 2018

Archives for September 2003

William Morris, VP of Harpercollins Children’s Books, dies at 74

By Walter Minkel William Morris, who managed library promotion for HarperCollins Children’s Books and its predecessor Harper & Row, died September 29 at his home in New York City, less than a week from his 75th birthday. He had been ill with cancer for several months. Morris, a familiar figure to many fans of children’s […]

BU to Honor Gotlieb for 40 Years of Archiving

By LJ Staff He has been called the “father of modern archiving” for his passion and success in collecting the papers and artifacts of some of America’s greatest 20th century icons. Now, Boston University will honor Howard Gotlieb, the man who changed the special collections, with a gala dinner tonight in Boston. Gotlieb will be […]

National Review Editor: Let’s Kill All The Librarians

By LJ Staff The backlash is in full swing, and librarians now find themselves on the front lines of a spirited political debate following their efforts to oppose the USA PATRIOT Act. Last week National Review Editor Rich Lowry penned a column, syndicated nationally, trashing librarians. Paraphrasing the famous Shakespearean quote “Let’s kill all the […]

Strike at LIU Resolved in Third Week; Some Rancor at Palmer School

By LJ Staff A strike at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University (LIU), Brookville, NY, was resolved last Friday after nearly three weeks, but it left some lingering rancor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Palmer Dean Mike Koenig said about 80 percent of the school’s classes had been meeting. […]

Museum and Library Services Act Signed, Appropriation Still Pending

By LJ Staff As expected, President Bush signed H.R. 13, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2003 into law on September 25, setting the authorization level for library programs at $232 million. The legislation reauthorizes the Museum and Library Services Act until 2009. While it serves as a guideline rather than a directive, American […]

Seven L.A. School Libraries Get Facelifts

By Kathy Ishizuka Seven lucky Los Angeles elementary schools will have their school libraries refurbished and restocked with thousands of new books this fall, thanks to Access Books, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing reading in inner-city schools across the city. Access Books will treat each recipient–which include libraries at McKinley Elementary School in Compton […]

George Plimpton Dies at 76

By LJ Staff Writer, publisher, and actor George Plimpton died September 25 of undisclosed causes. He was 76. Plimpton recently announced that he had signed a deal with Little Brown to pen his memoir for release in 2006. Plimpton has had a successful career as a writer, while also supporting the profession through the publication […]

$38 Million in Chinese Antiquities Donated to CSU Northridge

By LJ Staff Chinese-American entrepreneur Roland Tseng is donating a whopping $38 million worth of Chinese antiquities to California State University (CSU), Northridge. The donation is both the largest to that campus and the largest in the entire CSU system’s history. The donation consists of roughly 100 items capped by a 3000-year-old gold and bronze […]

Mercury Found at Muncie, IN, Library; Facility Closed

By LJ Staff Mercury discovered on keyboards of several publicly used computers forced the closure of the Kennedy branch of the Muncie Public Library, IN, for the second time in as many weeks, according to the Star-Press. The mercury apparently came from a broken fluorescent light bulb. The small particles of mercury found during the […]

Librarians Bitten Trying to Subdue Thief

By LJ Staff Just when you think you’ve heard it all comes this report from Crawfordsville District Public Library, IN. When attempting to subdue a thief, librarians Debbie Barry and Christina Crouch were bitten by the suspect. While an accomplice distracted the librarians, Anna Davis allegedly grabbed bills from the library’s cash drawer and fled […]