February 17, 2018

Archives for March 2004

With “DC Principles,” Societies Seek STM Middle Ground

By LJ Staff A coalition of 48 leading scientific societies has endorsed a set of principles for providing “free access” to research. Gathering in Washington, DC, representatives from the assembled organizations released the “DC Principles,” seven tenets affirming their commitment to “innovative and independent publishing practices and to promoting the wide dissemination of information in […]

IG: O’Neill Should Not Have Had Access to Treasury Records for Book

By LJ Staff Jeffrey Rush, the U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general, has deemed that former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill should not have had access to certain records used by author Ron Suskind for his book The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, The White House and the Education of Paul O’Neill (S&S), which paints an […]

Las Vegas Director Takes Vendors to Task

By LJ Staff During the recent eBooks in the Public Library Conference Daniel Walters, executive director of the Las Vegas/Clark County Library District, LJ’s 2003 Library of the Year, offered scathing criticism of automated system vendors. “The ILS community,” insisted Walters, “has fundamentally missed the business we’re in.” His objections are based on interface design, […]

British Library and Toronto PL in Dispute Over Conan Doyle Ownership

By LJ Staff It may be a case for Holmes and Watson themselves: the British Library has cancelled its planned auction at Christie’s of an archive of rarities belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because the materials may partially be owned by the Toronto Public Library (TPL) The 3000 items include a large number of […]

SFPL & KCLS Win Tech Award

By LJ Staff The San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and King County Library System (KCLS), WA, are the joint winners of the WebFeat President’s Award for Innovation. The two West Coast libraries were selected from among 14 nominees for “bold innovation in the design of their federated search interface and functionality,” said WebFeat president Todd […]

Singer Costello Signs Two-book Deal with S&S

By LJ Staff Singer Elvis Costello has signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster (S&S) for an undisclosed sum. In lieu of the standard celebrity insider tell-all, however, Costello’s first untitled volume will be an extension of his songwriting, offering “a series of intimate narrative chapters taking their cue from the styles, themes, and […]


By LJ Staff San Diego County Library selected Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium, migrating from its existing ILS solution. The library system circulates 4.8 million items annually. A single Sun server will operate the software, which is the “closest fit to the County of San Diego’s application direction model,” said Automation Librarian Kathleen Honeysett. The London School […]

Background Check Forms Annoy Library Volunteers

By LJ Staff The newly-stringent background checks and fingerprinting required for volunteers across the nation–prompted by concern about dangers to children–have hit home among some library Friends. “We have quite a few objections to the document, which asks some very invasive questions,” Jo Rudolph, bookstore manager for the Friends of the Valley Center Library of […]

National PR Contest Recognizes Library Promotions

By LJ Staff All libraries are invited to participate in two competitions sponsored by the Library Public Relations Council (LPRC). The “L.PeRCy Awards” are given for excellence in library public relations. The “Share the Wealth” contest selects material for inclusion in “PR Best” packets that are distributed to the LPRC membership. The “L.PeRCy” Awards recognize […]

Culture Clash Papers Go to Cal State’s Oviatt Library

By LJ Staff The Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, has received the collected paper of the Chicano comedic theatre troupe Culture Clash. Founding members Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza donated to the library their collection of drafts of scripts, playbills, original art work, and other items collected over a 20-year history. […]