April 19, 2018

Archives for October 2003

Most Americans Disapprove of Government Monitoring PLs

By LJ Staff Two-thirds of Americans disagree with law enforcement attempts to monitor which books or other materials patrons check out of public libraries, concludes the First Amendment Center in its annual State of the First Amendment survey. Additionally, in 2003, Americans’ support for First Amendment freedoms appears to be returning to pre-9/11 levels. In […]

Vandergrift to Leave Rutgers

By Kathy Ishizuka Kay Vandergrift, professor at the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University and founder of the renowned “Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature Page,” and other Web sites, will retire from her academic position in June 2004. Vandergrift, who has taught at Rutgers since 1985, has served as associate dean of the […]

Researchers Call for Boycott of Cell Press

By LJ Staff Upset that the University of California (UC) has been unable to secure systemwide license for Cell Press journals, two UC-San Francisco researchers have called for a boycott of Cell Press. Peter Walter and Keith Yamamoto implored colleagues to quit editorial boards and cease reviewing for and submitting to Cell Press titles, which […]

NJ Library Association to Study CIPA Issue

By LJ Staff Rather than vote on conflicting resolutions regarding implementation of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the board of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) decided last week instead to form a task force to evaluate the situation. The resolutions were driven by a New Jersey State Library proposal to provide recommended filtering […]

Conference Presentation Pulled Web After Vendor Protests, But Opinion Is OK

By LJ Staff A widely circulated message on librarians’ electronic mailing lists has raised questions about whether participants at library conferences can talk frankly about vendors or post certain files to web pages hosted by entities of the American Library Association (ALA). In a letter to fellow section chairs, Mary A. Hollerich, chair of the […]

ALA: Calculate Total Cost of CIPA Compliance

By LJ Staff As a follow-up to the August 23 meeting in response to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), American Library Association (ALA) executive director Keith Fiels is preparing a draft plan for circulation. Fiels also said that a CIPA response steering committee of eight or nine people should be formed soon. Meanwhile, Office […]

Good Grief! Fantagraphics Publishing The Complete Peanuts

By LJ Staff Fantagraphics Books has announced an ambitious program to publish the full run of Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip Peanuts. According to the publisher, “beginning in April 1, 2004, Fantagraphics will launch The Complete Peanuts in a series designed by the cartoonist SETH and produced in full cooperation with United Media, Charles M. […]

Marcel Dekker/OverDrive Debut E-book Sites

By LJ Staff Publisher Marcel Dekker and partner OverDrive, Inc. have launched two e-book sites to serve both the library and consumer market. According to Marcel Dekker, the institutional site www.ebooks.lib.dekker.com “allows libraries to purchase titles for perpetual access.” There is a consumer site<www.ebooks.dekker.com>. The sites will debut with 500 title offerings with new additions […]

Scottish Libraries Select Dynix

By LJ Staff Dynix, which seems to be having a particularly potent year, announced a new multicontract deal in the United Kingdom. Migrating to Horizon from their existing systems are the nine colleges comprising the Glasgow Colleges Group: Stow College, North Glasgow College, Langside College, Glasgow College of Nautical Studies, Glasgow College of Food Technology, […]

First Novelist Scores Man Booker Prize

By LJ Staff Australian DBC Pierre won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his title Vernon God Little. After winning the prize, Pierre revealed – to the delight of the British tabloid press – that he had been a con man for years, having cheated numerous people out of lumps of cash, and fled both […]