February 17, 2018

Archives for February 2004

Portland PL Seeks $4 Million for Construction Project

By LJ Staff The Portland Public Library, ME, is asking the city for $4 million to help finance a renovation and expansion of the main facility–the first major library project in a quarter-century. Library trustees already have raised $500,000 of the $4.5 million in private fundraising planned for the $8.5 million project. They will meet […]

Fewer Services, More Groans in Minneapolis

By LJ Staff Patrons of the Minneapolis Public Library have grown frustrated with the library’s reduced hours and limited services, according to the Star-Tribune. After suffering an approximately 20 percent budget cut, the library chose to trim hours and staff, rather than close branches. Now patrons must adjust to the new hours and librarians, for […]

Toronto PL Board Balks on Service Cuts

By LJ Staff Unlike the Ottawa Public Library board, which volunteered to shutter branches, Toronto Public Library board members said February 16 that if the city is going to suggest service cuts, they won’t act as accomplices. “It’s not our function to do the city’s dirty work for them…we are here to protect library services,” […]

CIPA Update, Part II: Tactics Vary, No Statistics Yet

By LJ Staff It’s too soon to get full statistics on compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA); the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) 2004 questionnaire, just circulating, includes three pages of filtering questions. After the Supreme Court’s decision last summer, several dozen libraries announced they wouldn’t filter–notably, the San Francisco Public Library must […]

Accreditation Decisions Announced: Three Continued, One Conditional

By LJ Staff The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced accreditation actions taken at the 2004 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Released from conditional accreditation were the Master of Library Science and Master of Science in Information Science offered by the School of Information Science and Policy, State University of New […]

BioMed Central Changes Tack From Flat Fee

By LJ Staff Although it initially offered institutional memberships on a flat fee basis, open access publisher BioMed Central (BMC) has told members and supporters that institutional renewals for 2005 will be calculated on an estimated “per article published” basis. Under the initial BMC model, however, APCs for those who opt for “institutional memberships” are […]

PLA-Goers in Seattle Will Only Get Glimpses of New Central

By LJ Staff If construction had proceeded as planned, attendees at the Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Seattle this week would have spent much time touring the new Rem Koolhaas-designed Central Library of the Seattle Public Library (SPL). However, the new Central, initially scheduled to open in September 2003 and then pushed back twice, […]

CIPA Update, Part I: Deadline Approaches, Large PLs in Poorer Areas Squeezed

By LJ Staff As the July 1 deadline approaches for implementing the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), an informal LJ survey suggests that the libraries with the most to lose–large libraries in poorer jurisdictions–are the most likely to comply. CIPA ties receipt of E-rate and Library Service and Technology Act funds for Internet access to […]

SLA to Operate Under Acronym

By LJ Staff At the Special Libraries Association’s (SLA) Leadership Summit, held in Albuquerque, NM on Jan. 21-24, the SLA board voted to “brand” the association as SLA, keeping the full legal name but adopting the acronym under the “doing business as” (dba) device. The vote came after much discussion during the summit, formerly called […]

EBSCO Adding Book Content

By LJ Staff To be “less journalcentric,” EBSCO has begun adding monographs to its databases. “We’re in the process of identifying the appropriate books and gray literature in a subject,” Tim Collins, gnernal manager of EBSCO Publishing recently told LJ. The company has been increasing its secondary databases for the academic users but in school […]