February 23, 2018

Archives for May 2004

ALA Opposes Bill That Would Add Criminal Penalties to Patriot Act Noncompliance

By LJ Staff The American Library Association (ALA) is opposing a new bill, HR 3179, that would establish criminal penalties of up to five years in prison for violating the gag order provision in Section 505 of the USA PATRIOT Act. That section, which amended the rules regarding “national security letters,” gave the FBI increased […]

Hours, Staff May be Cut in San Diego

By LJ Staff A proposed FY 05 $37.7 million budget for the San Diego Public Library, tentatively approved City Council, would be $204,642 less than last year, which means the system would close seven library branches on Sundays, cut materials, and reduce hours elsewhere. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the budget for salaries and […]

Illinois Volunteer Librarians Create Statewide Information Portal

By LJ Staff In an attempt to save themselves time and their libraries money, 70 volunteer librarians have created Illinois CLICKS!, the online information portal customized for Illinois citizens. “Citizens Library of Illinois–Comprehensive Knowledge Service” was launched in 2003. Phase II of the project will be released later this spring. Funding comes from LSTA money […]

More Problems With Indianapolis Library?

By LJ Staff There may be more problems with Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library’s $102.7 million expansion/renovation project, brought to a halt because structural damage has been detected in the concrete foundation of a six-story addition. According to the Indianapolis Star, the $1.3 million estimated for construction mistakes is a low figure, since it does not […]

New Clearwater PL Main Library Offers Water Views, Comfort

By LJ Staff The new Main Library of the Clearwater Public Library System, FL, opened on May 1 to public and press acclaim. One editorial called it “spectacular” and “a new library designed with the future in mind….” The May 4 St. Petersburg Times piece concluded, “Public buildings ought to be a reflection of a […]

Four Small Minnesota Colleges Say No to the “Big Deal”

By LJ Staff Four small private liberal arts colleges in Minnesota have decided not to renew their three-year Science Direct deals with STM publisher Elsevier. Under their previous deal, each college– Carleton, Gustavus Adolphus, Macalester, and St. Olaf–had electronic access to around 700 Elsevier journals through a deal negotiated through MINITEX, a state cooperative of […]

Strike Avoided as Cleveland Contract Standoff Goes to Arbitration

By LJ Staff A May 18 strike at the Cleveland Public Library was avoided when 407 union employees opted instead to take their contract concerns to binding arbitration, the Plain Dealer said. The library and the union each will appoint a representative and they in tandem will select a third person to serve on a […]

Home School, Under Criticism, Leaves St. Petersburg PL

By LJ Staff A teacher who apparently decided to home-school five to a dozen children at the St. Petersburg Public Library, FL, stopped after two years, once a television news report shined a spotlight on a rules violation. Angela Sweet would bring students to the main library and then two branches, library Director Mary Gaines […]

AGent Powers JerseyClicks

By LJ Staff The New Jersey State Library has launched JerseyClicks, which allows libraries to search multiple databases simultaneously using a single interface. Access is available to other state resources such as QandANJ.org, JerseyCAT, and numerous online encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines. JerseyClicks is powered by Auto-Graphics’s AGent Portal module, which lets users pull “the full […]

Atlanta-Fulton PL Director Fired

By LJ Staff After a bill was passed to reform the board of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library and to authorize the county manager to hire and fire the director, there was much speculation about the fate of Director Mary Kaye Hooker. A five-year veteran, she was one of four people (along with three board members, […]