February 17, 2018

Archives for April 2004

Fallout in Philadelphia: Staff Protest Pace of Security Changes

By LJ Staff After a horrific attack on a young girl in the bathroom of a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the library formed a task force to discuss security issues. Even as that group has been meeting, library staff and union leaders have vocally criticized administrators for being too slow to crack […]

New Group Forms to Support Cuban “Independent” Librarians

By LJ Staff American Library Association Councilor Karen Schneider has helped launch a new group, FREADOM, aimed to support “independent library workers currently imprisoned in Cuba.” During the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Schneider authored a resolution to call for the release of those “independent librarians,” but it was soundly rejected in favor of […]

Nerve.com Features Erotic Photo Contest Set in Libraries

By LJ Staff A recent monthly photo contest for Nerve.com, the web site claiming to offer “literate smut,” featured the “sexiest photos of someone in a library”. While librarians were not included, the contest sent photographers to libraries to capture models in various stages of undress. The photos supposedly were taken during normal operating hours, […]

ALA-APA: Response Under 4%; $48,570 Goal May Be Elusive

By LJ Staff The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA – APA), slow to get off the ground last year, still hasn’t gained much momentum. In FY 03, ending last September, the group gained $5992 in donations; after more than six months in FY04, as of last week, donations reached $7388. The latter […]

Harnish Back at Endeavor

By LJ Staff Kathryn Harnish has returned to Endeavor Information Systems in the newly created position of product manager for the vendor’s new Electronic Resource Management Systems unit. Harnish had served as the Voyager product manager for six years before leaving the company to join OCLC. She holds an MLS and served as coordinator of […]

USC Library Acquires Fitzgerald Screenplay Archive

By LJ Staff The University of South Carolina’s (USC) Thomas Cooper Library has scored another unique collection: the library announced April 22 that it has acquired a heretofore unknown archive of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “manuscripts, revised typescripts, and working drafts for screenplays.” At a whopping 2000 pages, the collection represents the single largest assemblage of […]

Another One Bites the Dust: Avalon Acquiring Four Walls Eight Windows

By LJ Staff Subtract one from the number of independent book houses still printing solo: the Avalon Publishing Group announced that it has “reached an agreement” the acquire Four Walls Eight Windows on May 31. After that date, the indie publisher will be merged into the Thunder’s Mouth Press imprint. Four Walls Publisher John Oakes […]

Friedman Heading Oxford University Press’ Project Torch

By LJ Staff Oxford University Press (OUP) has appointed Phil Friedman the executive director of Project TORCH (The Online Resource Center in the Humanities), which the publisher calls the “next phase in the investigation into the viability of an online distribution center for university press scholarly monographs.” Friedman is an industry veteran, having held senior […]

EBSCO Databases Aid Iraq Rebuild

By LJ Staff EBSCO Publishing is lending assistance to the rebuilding of Iraq’s libraries and schools by opening up access to several of its top databases. The company has joined the Al Sharaka Program for Higher Education in Iraq, an initiative launched by USAID and members of the Oklahoma Higher Education Partners. According to EBSCO, […]

Newmarket Teams with ABA for Book Sense Best Books

By LJ Staff Newmarket Press is teaming with the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Book Sense marketing operation to release “a compilation of independent booksellers’ recommendations of 125 favorite books,” the publisher said. Book Sense Best Books Volume 1: 125 Favorite Books Recommended by Independent Booksellers will debut in September for $12.95 and will include a […]