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Archives for January 2004

ALA Midwinter Update: Presidential Initiatives Move Ahead

By LJ Staff ALA President Carla Hayden’s initiative on Equity of Access will produce “Something for everyone @ our Library” ads and other public service spots and materials. ALA Vice-President/President-Elect Carol Brey-Casiano has chosen grassroots advocacy as her presidential initiative for 2004-2005, under the slogan “Stand Up and Speak Out for Libraries-Turning Passive Support into […]

Allen Paschal Leaves Gale

By LJ Staff Gale’s leadership has changed: Allen Paschal left his six-year post as president of Thomson Gale effective January 21. When asked the reason for Paschal’s sudden departure, Dana Prestigiacomo, senior VP of Marketing of Thomson Learning, Gale’s parent company, said cryptically, “We’re not saying anything. He’s pursuing outside interests.” Charlie Siegel, senior VP […]

ALA Midwinter Recap: Sluggish Show Floor, Some Progress

By LJ Staff San Diego was expected to attract a smaller crowd to the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting Jan. 9-14 than the 2003 meeting in Philadelphia, located near several East Coast population centers. Indeed, it did draw fewer people, with total registration 10,788, off from 13,664 in 2003. There were 7,944 attendees, vs. […]

ALA and Cuba: Who’s Afraid of Nat Hentoff?

By LJ Staff At the Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Council struggled with a range of political questions, most notably how to respond to the arrest of Cuba’s “independent” librarians–a controversial issue that received a lot of press. Nervousness over the debate on Cuba was fueled by several columns by syndicated columnist (and winner of ALA’s […]

ALA Criticizes Bush Call for Patriot Act Renewal

By LJ Staff The American Library Association and other civil liberties groups called on Congress to reject President George Bush’s request that Congress make permanent certain controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. The law, passed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, included sunset provisions so Congress could reexamine the law. […]

Oprah Selects Márquez’s Solitude

By LJ Staff Oprah Winfrey has named Gabriel García Márquez’s 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude as the next selection in her classics book club. While the author has already won the Nobel Prize for Literature, his selection by Winfrey may bring a whole new audience; no one at fellow Nobel winner John Steinbeck’s […]

NBCC Names 2003 Contenders

By LJ Staff The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) on January 20 announced the short list of 2003 nominees for the coveted prize. In addition to awards in the standard five categories, Studs Terkel will receive the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award and Scott McLemee, a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, will […]

GIS Introduces Wireless Access Manager

By LJ Staff GIS Information Systems is tackling the growing interest in wi-fi by introducing Wireless Access Manager (WAM), a complete hardware and software package configured for libraries to install on the PC. Though designed for the company’s Polaris system, the vendor-neutral package can interface with any competitor’s SIP2 compliant system. Library patrons can access […]

Serials Solutions’ E-Journal Access Management Suite

By LJ Staff With mega-periodicals databases offering countless titles, it’s nearly impossible for libraries to track titles from various sources and gauge overlap compared to unique holdings. Not any more. Always the innovators, Serials Solutions is now marketing the E-journal Access & Management Suite (AMS). It allows libraries to browse their entire collections, link from […]

Wilson Releases Humanities and Social Sciences Index

By LJ Staff H.W. Wilson announced several new databases at the Midwinter Meeting. Principally, the joint Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1084 offers a combined 1.3 million articles gleaned from 1200 journals from the two fields. For libraries needing only one subject area, Wilson also is selling the databases individually. Additionally, the company this […]