February 16, 2018

Archives for June 2004

Supreme Court Upholds Injunction on COPA, Cites Filtering Software

By LJ Staff The U.S. Supreme Court on June 29 upheld a lower court’s injunction blocking the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which would fine commercial web site operators if they did not require an age verification (such as a credit card) to look at sites deemed “harmful to minors.” The law was passed in […]

More Fallout on CD Issue: Censorship

By LJ Staff There are some more gripes–and solutions–regarding the settlement that has brought CDs to libraries in some 43 states. While libraries in Indiana will be getting more than 120,000 music discs, Attorney General Steve Carter, according to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Carter put together a team in his office to reject CDs with […]

UK Libraries Get a Boost, But Is It Enough?

By LJ Staff While the UK government has granted an extra £2 million ($3.64 million) for public libraries, those at a conference held in response to anxieties about library service said that wasn’t enough. The meeting was held after a report indicated that libraries were failing, with fewer visitors and books borrowed. Bob McKee, chief […]

LC’s Davenport to Head CLIR

By LJ Staff Nancy Davenport, a 26-year veteran of the Library of Congress (LC) and a member of the executive board of the American Library Association, has been named President of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), effective July 5. Davenport, currently Director of Acquisitions at LC, has served as interim director of […]

Columbia Study: University Students Gravitate to Electronic Resources

By LJ Staff For a while, librarians and others in the scholarly community have been saying that college students often try Google first and may miss more serious sources available via the library or its web site. Now some statistics back that up. The Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), as part of a longer […]

Blackwell and National Library of the Netherlands Sign Archiving Agreement

By LJ Staff Blackwell Publishing and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands on have signed an agreement on long-term digital archiving for Blackwell’s electronic publications. The agreement was announced June 22 at the congress of the International Publishers Association (IPA) in Berlin. The library will receive digital copies of all publications […]

Denver PL Warns That Two Branches Might Close

By LJ Staff Asked to prepare for a possible budget cut up to six percent for 2005, the Denver Public Library projects that two branch libraries might have to be closed. “Absolutely no one likes the idea of library branches closing,” a mayoral spokeswoman told the Denver Post. “We are interested to hear the library’s […]

Detroit PL to Charge Nonresidents for Access

By LJ Staff What happens when a public library research collection loses state support? In Detroit, that indicates it’s time to start charging nonresidents for access. As of August 1, nonresidents will have to pay $100 a year for a library card, including access the Burton Historical Collection, the E. Azalia Hackley Music and Performing […]

FBI Has Tried to Use Section 215 of the Patriot Act, But at Libraries?

By LJ Staff So, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been trying to use Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act after all. In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in October 2003 on behalf of the Freedom to Read Foundation (sibling organization of the American Library Association, the American […]

OverDrive Announces “Most Borrowed E-books”

By LJ Staff Michael Moore’s “Dude, Where’s My Country?” is the most borrowed E-book issued by OverDrive, based on checkout information from the first half of the year. The list includes: Dude, Where’s My Country? — Michael Moore The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People — David Niven The Low-Carb Comfort Food Cookbook — Michael […]