April 20, 2018

Archives for December 2003

MA’s Game of Survival

By Kathy Ishizuka Will the Haverhill (MA) Public Library get a waiver from the state library board so that it can continue receiving state funding and other services? Everyone in town is dying to know. This isn’t the first tense moment for Haverhill. The library was spared from having to close its doors last summer, […]

Egypt’s Alexandria Library Withdraws Display of Protocols

By LJ Staff The Alexandria Library in Egypt has withdrawn a display of the first Arabic translation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an enduring 19th century anti-Semitic tract, after United Nations cultural officials protested. The library said in a statement, “Preliminary investigation determined that the book was briefly displayed in a showcase […]

Major Library Theft in Denmark May Be Solved

By LJ Staff Some 25 years after the crime, investigators have found 1,600 antique books, maps and documents stolen from Denmark’s Royal Library and arrested four suspects. According to the Associated Press, the multimillion-dollar thefts began in the late 1960s and ended in 1977-1978. Said Erland Kolding Nielsen, director general of the library, “”It is […]

Haycock Elected to Head ALISE

By LJ Staff Ken Haycock of the University of British Columbia was elected President-Elect of ALISE, the Association for Library and Information Science Education. Gloria Leckie of the University of Western Ontario also will become director; both will assume those posts at the end of the ALISE business meeting at its conference in San Diego […]

Atlanta-Fulton PL Gets Andrew Young Papers

By LJ Staff The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library has been given the private papers of Andrew Young, former ambassador, civil rights activist, and Atlanta mayor. According to the Atlanta Daily World, the library will seek federal and private funds to prepare the collection for public […]

New Distinguished Lecture Award Named for Mary Jo Lynch

By LJ Staff The Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University and Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society, have established a Distinguished Lecture Award in honor of Dr. Mary Jo Lynch, who retired this month as director of the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and […]

Delaware School District Gets Flexible

By Walter Minkel Superintendent Tony Marchio recently read a summary of Lance’s groundbreaking research proving that quality media centers lead to higher standardized test scores. Marchio then met with district media specialists and the Delaware Department of Education and was “convinced that to improve student achievement across the board, a well-managed media center was a […]

Queens Library Gets Surprise $1 Million

By LJ Staff As libraries in New York City have been going to the public for emergency support, the Queens Borough Public Library received a happy surprise: a check for $1 million from an anonymous donor. The gift, arriving in an overnight express envelope, came from a financial services firm acting on behalf of a […]

FCC Tightens Rules on E-Rate

By LJ Staff As part of its campaign against waste, fraud, and abuse of the e-rate, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to tighten guidelines for schools and libraries seeking funds for discounts on equipment and Internet connections. The rules now say that equipment must be held for at least three years before it can […]

Bad News in Pennsylvania: Libraries Get Only $10 Million More

By LJ Staff After months of hoping that legislators would restore the 50 percent cut ($37.5 million) in state library funding, librarians in Pennsylvania last week got some bad news: only $10 million would be restored. That means state funding–a crucial component in bettering Pennsylvania libraries in recent years–was cut from $75 million to $47.5 […]