February 20, 2018

Archives for December 2003

NJ State Library/Rutgers University Team for Digital Highway Project

By LJ Staff The New Jersey State Library has joined with Rutgers University Libraries “to create a web site that will contain digitized historical and cultural heritage materials,” the university said. Funded by a $460,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, the New Jersey Digital Highway (NJDH) site will house state and local history […]

Royal Library of Belgium Implements DigiTool

By LJ Staff Ex Libris has signed the Royal Library of Belgium to implement the DigiTool digital asset management system to control and enable sharing of its collection of electronic publications. The implementation of DigiTool, slated to become operational at the beginning of May 2004, will be conducted by Dr. Guido Goedemé, head of the […]

Endeavor Names Crawford Curriculum Development Manager

By LJ Staff Endeavor Information Systems has named Josephine Crawford manager of curriculum development. In this role, she will manage expanded training opportunities for Endeavor’s 1200-plus library customers worldwide. Crawford was most recently the head of Information Systems at the Biomedical Library of the University of Minnesota and chair of the University’s Digital Library Working […]

Stephen King Released from Hospital

By LJ Staff Stephen King is slowly recovering from his recent bout with pneumonia and was released December 17 from the Eastern Maine Medical Center after nearly a month’s stay that included surgery to clear his lungs of fluid and scar tissue. “He’s home and on the mend,” King spokesperson Marsha DeFlippo told the press, […]

Librarian Selling Tolkien Collection to Marquette University

By LJ Staff Striking while the iron is red hot, retired Vancouver librarian Grace Funk is selling her personal archive of materials relating to author J.R.R. Tolkien to Marquette University, Milwaukee, for an undisclosed sum. The university’s library already owns several Tolkien treasures in its special collection, including the original manuscript for The Lord of […]

Closing the Achievement Gap

By Kathy Ishizuka Libraries can help close the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their white middle-class counterparts by providing resources and programming to boost literacy in their communities, according to a new national study by Paul Barton of the Educational Testing Service. Barton identifies reading to young children among the factors that […]

Site to Boost Science Literacy

By Debra Lau Whelan Imagine a handful of fun and creative online tools that teach kids scientific information-literacy skills using a wealth of government resources. That’s what Joanne Silverstein, an assistant research professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, plans to create with a $375,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Digital Library (NSDL), […]

Salinas, CA Considering Library Cuts

By LJ Staff Salinas, CA, City Council members jousted December 16 when presenting a budget proposal that includes trimming $400,000 from the library and additional money from parks. Critics of the proposal assert that more cuts have to come from higher up, including city administrators who receive numerous perks. Marlys Maher, a member of the […]

Stark County, OH Reducing Hours in January

By LJ Staff The Stark County District Library, OH, will trim its operating hours beginning January 19, following a double whammy of a reduction in government support and the failure of a 1.2 mill tax levy in the recent elections. Director Kent Oliver told the local press that because of the rejected levy, the library […]

Brooklyn, New York PLs Raising Funds for Materials

By LJ Staff Libraries in New York City are going to the public for money for books and there’s progress to report. Brooklyn Public Library’s “Buy a Book for Brooklyn” campaign, which included a $100,000 matching challenge grant from the Independence Community Foundation exceeded its original goal by $50,000. Indeed, Independence agreed to match the […]