March 17, 2018

Archives for October 2003

Diddy Runs the City

By LJ Staff Hip-hop mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is setting aside his bling-bling on November 2 to raise $1 million for New York City’s school kids. Combs, who’s been training for the grueling 26.2-mile New York marathon, will divide the money among the city’s public schools, the Children’s Hope Foundation, which supports families affected […]

California Fires Cripple Library Services

By LJ Staff Multiple fires in southern California have affected library services and wreaked havoc on staff. No facilities have been damaged, though sporadic closings of public and academic libraries have been reported due to dangerous high winds, approaching fires, and dangerous air quality. In San Diego County, where “the air quality is horrendous,” San […]

Syracuse I-School Seeks Nominations for 21st Century Librarian Awards

By LJ Staff The students of the Syracuse University School of Information Studies are seeking nominations for the fourth annual 21st Century National Librarian Award, which recognizes those with outstanding accomplishments in the evolution of the profession in the 21st century. It carries a $ 5000 prize. For the second year, a second award, the […]

Milwaukee PL Branch Gets a Reprieve

By LJ Staff Though the Milwaukee Public Library Board voted to close the Villard Avenue branch on October 1, LJ‘s initial report got it wrong: the Common Council September 23 approved $35,000 to hire back retired library staff to keep the library open until at least December 20. (Seven retirees stepped forward.) Villard Avenue and […]

Vendors Say RFID Doesn’t Compromise Privacy

By LJ Staff In comments to the San Francisco Public Library regarding RFID (radio frequency identification) checkout system, Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) commented, “a ‘mandatory kill’ policy is the only measure that would allow RFIDs to be used by the library internally, while giving the public the necessary time to consider […]

Mercury Spill Clean Up Absorbs Muncie Library’s Budget

By LJ Staff The discovery of mercury on keyboards of public computers at the Kennedy branch of the Muncie Public Library, IN, has kept the facility closed since September 18. Adding insult to injury, the library reports that the facility’s insurance does not cover its $100,000 share of the clean-up costs, which will have to […]

Budgets Rise at Florida Libraries

By Debra Lau Whelan Here’s some good news from the Sunshine State: the Jacksonville and Miami-Dade public library systems will see a significant increase in their FY 2003-2004 budgets, despite widespread cuts and layoffs nationwide. The windfall in Jacksonville will result in 142 new full-time employees, including three children’s librarians, and expanded hours at three […]

ALA-APA Director Should Begin by Midwinter

By LJ Staff At the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference last June in Toronto, ALA officials acknowledged that the emerging ALA-APA (Allied Professional Association) had been slow to get off the ground, in part because of limited finances. However, ALA was advertising for a new director, and it was hoped that director could start […]

Brighter Economic Forecast Spares Hawaii Library System’s Budget

By LJ Staff The Hawaii Public Library System received a reprieve from pending cuts thanks to a brighter economic forecast than initially envisioned. Newly appointed Hawaii State Librarian Jo Ann Schindler told LJ that the library “has zero restrictions on the new budget.” In fiscal year 2003, the system’s total budget was $23,558,494. For FY04, […]

Schindler Named Hawaii State Librarian

By LJ Staff Acting Hawaii State Librarian Jo Ann Schindler has been named permanently to that post. Schindler told LJ she has “no major changes planned immediately,” but added that she’s been “meeting with staff on all six islands and we’re holding a reexamination of our core services. We have to examine each of those […]