April 20, 2018

Archives for August 2004

SLA Members, NYPL Staff Helping Media at Republican Convention

By LJ Staff Local members of the Special Libraries Association (SLA)and staff from the New York Public Library (NYPL) are offering free research services to the media gathered for the 2004 Republican National Convention. Queries may be submitted via phone, electronic mail, or in person at the concierge service desk in the James A. Farley […]

9/11 Commission Head Tells Congress to Fund Embassy Libraries

By LJ Staff First the 9/11 Commission recommended rebuilding foreign library programs, then co-Chairman Thomas Kean repeated the recommendation in a hearing before the House Government Reform Subcommittee. Commented Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, ‘Just as libraries in the United States serve as points of access to information and […]

Cleveland PLUnion Receives 3% Raises

By LJ Staff Service Employees International Union District 1199, which represents about 400 staffers from librarians to custodians at the Cleveland Public Library (CPL), was awarded a 3 percent raise for three years by an arbitration panel consisting of union, library, and State Employment Relations Board reps. The decision was settled on August 24 and […]

Germantown, TN Residents File Suit for System Access

By LJ Staff Residents of Germantown, TN, who lost access to the Memphis/Shelby County Public Library and Information Center have filed a federal lawsuit asking for reinstatement for their borrowing rights. According to the Commercial Appeal, the 16 plaintiffs, including City Administrator Patrick Lawton, allege that the library policy was motivated by retaliation for the […]

Hardy Franklin, Ex-DCPL Head, Dies at 75

By LJ Staff Hardy R. Franklin, the former director of the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL), died on Aug. 21. He was 75. Franklin retired in 1997 after serving nearly 23 years as DCPL director, quadrupling the library’s holdings. Franklin earned his MLS from Atlanta University and doctorate from Rutgers University. He worked at […]

Pedophile in Alabama Library Damages Hundreds of Books

By LJ Staff The Wheeler Basin Library, Decatur, AL has been plagued by a pedophile vandal, who has left child pornography on the library bulletin board, scrawled come-ons on the bathroom wall, and razored out hundreds of pages of children in children’s and adult books. Library director Sandra Sherman estimates that 425 books have been […]

9/11 Commission Report and Executive Summary to Arrive in Audio

By LJ Staff Pocket University, an imprint of Sound Room Publishers, is releasing on Sept. 7 audio versions of the 9/11 Commission Report Executive Summary and the unabridged text of 9/11 Commission Report. The Summary is 65 minutes on a single disc, while the complete version is 22 one-hour CDs. Both are available in library […]

Dynix Signs Aussie Libraries

By LJ Staff In addition to its recent signing of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Dynix also has signed three Australian libraries – the Moonee Valley City Council, Marrickville Municipal Library, and Hume Global Learning Village Library have all opted for Horizon to replace their existing automation solutions – while St. Patrick’s College of Launceston, Tasmania, […]

Ten Libraries Sign for Checkpoint RFID

By LJ Staff Despite the ongoing concerns over RFID technology and privacy issues, libraries are embracing the technology. Checkpoint Systems Inc., has inked new contracts to install its Intelligent Library System (ILS) in ten academic and public libraries in nine states. Checkpoint’s new library partners include the prestigious Berkeley Public Library, CA; Plano Community Library, […]

Rowling: No Potter Prequels

By LJ Staff At the recent Edinburgh International Book Festival, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling quashed rumors of a series of Potter prequels. When questioned by fans over the possibility of volumes on Harry and his friends’ lives pre-Hogwarts, Rowling chuckled and dismissed the idea. She did, however, offer some spoiler info on Harry’s fate […]