April 21, 2018

Archives for January 2004

Houston Public Library Celebrates Centennial

By LJ Staff The Houston Public Library celebrated its centennial with a “One Hundred and One Big Party,” on January 24 from noon to 4 p.m., at the Central Library. The library dubbed its milestone: “Empowering Houstonians for 100 Years: 1904-2004.” As part of the Celebration, an Official Texas Historical Marker for the Julia Ideson […]

UNT Staffer Charged With Bilking SLIS

By LJ Staff The assistant to the dean of the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences has been charged with leading a theft ring that cashed paychecks for work never done and rigging expense reports, causing the school to lose more than $250,000. Patti Patterson Dale, an employee of the university […]

More Cuts for NYC PLs? Brooklyn PL Confirms $1M Gift

By LJ Staff The new budget proposed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls for few cuts in services, apparently sparing libraries, according to several news reports. However, a follow-up report in the New York Daily News says that the City Council has identified more than $200 million in cuts, including $11.8 million to […]

Husband Charged in Library Worker’s Slaying

By LJ Staff Police have charged George Kallas with the aggravated murder of his wife, Barbara, a part-time worker at the Lorain Public Library. The killing took place in the library’s parking lot, January 20, according to the Morning Journal. Library staff told police that George Kallas was seen in the lot before his wife […]

At Midwinter, Call for National Strategy for Government Collections

By LJ Staff At EBSCO’s seminar for leaders of large academic research libraries at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, Kenneth Frazier, director, University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, suggested a national strategy to secure and distribute government depository collections. He advocates creating a public domain database for legacy collections, open to the world at no cost. Some 2.2 million […]

Arsonist Targets Springfield-Greene County Library

By LJ Staff A January 19 fire, which investigators say was deliberately set, ravaged the Library Center, the headquarters of the Springfield-Greene County Library, MO, causing an unspecified amount of damage both from the flames and the water from the facility’s sprinkler system. According to officials, fires were started in three locations inside the library […]

$500K Parting Gift for Saint Paul PL Friends

By LJ Staff The E.M. Pearson Foundation, before it dissolves, is giving the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library a parting gift of $500,000. The foundation, which was founded in 1989, has been a regular contributor to the Friends, but, with the deaths of Pearson and his wife, the trustees opted to dissolve the […]

At Midwinter, Gorman, Stripling Present Platforms

By LJ Staff Michael Gorman, dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, and Barbara Stripling, director of library programs at New Visions for Public Schools in New York City, are both E-board members and candidates for the 2005-2006 ALA presidency. At a candidates’ forum, Stripling championed building communities. She […]

Akron-Summit’s Hawk to Retire, As Will St. Louis’s Holt

By LJ Staff Steven Hawk, director of what the local paper termed the “troubled Akron-Summit County Public Library“, announced his resignation last week, citing a need to move near his ailing mother this spring. The library lost a levy election in November, much to the surprise of library leaders, who quickly scheduled another election for […]

In Shocker, Stanford University Leaves ARL

By LJ Staff For many university libraries, getting into the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)-which includes 123 leading research libraries in North America–is a major goal. For Stanford University, however, the opposite appears to be true. ARL Executive Director Duane Webster confirmed that Stanford has left the ARL. Webster told LJ that Stanford Librarian Michael […]