February 16, 2018

Archives for March 2004

New Mexico Voters to Consider Bond for Libraries

By LJ Staff New Mexico voters will be asked to approve a $16.1 million bond in November. HB 294, the GO Bond Bill for 2004, was signed by the governor, allowing the matter to go before the voters. If approved, $5.832 million will be distributed to 109 public libraries on a per capita basis as […]

Publicity Rallies Contest for Detroit PL

By LJ Staff An essay contest on “Why I Love the Detroit Public Library” languished until a wave of publicity brought library-lovers out in force. Detroit News columnist Laura Berman recounted how Susan Hunnicutt, president of the American Library Association’s student chapter at Wayne State University, was convinced the library is underappreciated treasure and joined […]

Gordon T. Macomber Named Gale President

By LJ Staff Thomson Learning has appointed publishing veteran Gordon T. Macomber president of Thomson Gale. He succeeds Allen Paschal, who departed suddenly in late January after holding the post for six years. Macomber most recently was CEO of Merriam-Webster, Inc. He previously held executive offices at NYUonline, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan both in […]

SFPL Vote on RFID May Come April 1

By LJ Staff After holding an informational session March 4 regarding the possibility of implementing RFID (radio frequency identification) tags in materials at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the city’s Library Commission will consider and possibly approve the plan at a meeting April 1. The decision will come as the library faces a considerable […]

ALA Asks Congress to Fully Fund LSTA

By LJ Staff Testifying before the House Appropriations Committee, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, urged the Committee to fund the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) at the recently authorized level of $232 million. An authorization is a guideline for appropriations, rather than a requirement, and President Bush […]

University Of Nevada, Reno Gets Record Gift

By LJ Staff A $10 million gift will help the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) to begin construction next year on a new $66 million “Knowledge Center.” The donation comes in $5 million gifts from Reno-based International Game Technology (IGT), a slot machine manufacturer, and from former IGT Chairman Chuck Mathewson and his wife, Ann. […]

Atlanta Library Director Charges Discrimination

By LJ Staff The beleaguered director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Mary Kaye Hooker, has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming “race discrimination, retaliation and harassment by the board of trustees and other officials of the library system.” Hooker, who is white, was one of four defendants found liable for […]

Librarian Complaints Prompt CITGO to Drop Ad Campaign

By LJ Staff CITGO Petroleum has dropped a year-long ad campaign following a plethora of complaints from librarians, who took exception to the company’s claim that its payment card was “more useful than your library card.” Todd Stephens, director of the Spartanburg County Library System, SC, led the charge against the offensive ads, FAXing a […]

Library Groups Offer Some Praise for “DC Principles”

By LJ Staff A list of major library associations offered some praise for the DC Principles, applauding the 48 learned societies for “their commitment to free access to peer-reviewed research literature where they conclude it is feasible.” The statement was issued jointly by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, American Association of Law Libraries, […]

Strong Start for Online ALA Voting

By LJ Staff The American Library Association’s (ALA) initial foray into online voting for ALA officers seems to be a success. Despite some small confusion on registration being discussed on the ALA Council List, ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels reported that, by March 23, 4,465 members already had cast their ballots electronically as compared […]