February 17, 2018

Archives for August 2004

Elsevier To Release Scopus STM Abstracting and Indexing Database

By LJ Staff Elsevier Science is preparing a new, massive, full-text abstract and indexing database covering 14,000 STM resources. Called Scopus, it gleans information predominantly from journals, but there are roughly 1000 conference proceedings as well. The company is looking to add book series, trade publications, and other resources in subsequent releases. Harriett Bell, senior […]

Librarians in New York State Urge Override of Governor’s Veto

By LJ Staff The New York Library Association is calling for legislators to override Gov. George Pataki’s cut of $4.478 million in library aid and $337,500 in state funding for the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library and CUNY Initiative. Pataki executed 195 line item vetoes, totaling some $1.8 billion in the […]

‘Radical Reference’ Librarians at Convention

By LJ Staff Before and during the Republican National Convention, which began this week, volunteer library workers have been helping activists and independent journalists seeking information. Service will be provided via the web, e-mail, IM, and in person on the street during the RNC. Librarians will wear baseball caps featuring an ‘i’ symbol on the […]

Vonnegut Lauds Librarians

By LJ Staff Author Kurt Vonnegut sings the praises of librarians in an article titled ‘I Love You, Madame Librarian’ appearing in a recent issue of In These Times. The article begins with a mention of Michael Moore’s incendiary anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which borrows its title from Ray Bradbury’s classic sf novel about book […]

Random Offers First Amendment First Aid Kit

By LJ Staff To coincide with the upcoming Annual Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 2), Random House’s Children’s Books division is reintroducing its First Amendment First Aid Kit, which the publisher describes as ‘ a comprehensive resource guide for teachers, librarians, and booksellers to assist in the fight against censorship.’ Originally offered a […]

Knoxville Central Library Plan Set Back

By LJ Staff The plan to build a new central library for the Knox County Public Library, Knoxville, TN suffered a significant setback last week. Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale had taken $15 million for the proposed library and recommended that it be used to fund a new high school, but had said that the […]

NIH Open Access Recommendation Spurs Heated Debate

By LJ Staff Calling a recent proposal by the National Institutes of Health to mandate open access archiving a ‘radical new policy’ included ‘at the eleventh hour’ by a U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) last week launched a counteroffensive. In separate letters, one from AAP President Patricia Schroeder […]

Groundbreaking for Five PLs; Growth, Outreach are Goals

By LJ Staff Four public library systems have held groundbreaking ceremonies in the past month for four new branch libraries and an enlarged and renovated downtown library. In all cases, among the goals of the projects are to provide larger facilities to accommodate growing populations and increased demand for library services. The Buckeye Library is […]

Grant Supports Technology at Vietnam’s General Sciences Library

By LJ Staff The General Sciences Library of Ho Chi Minh City, one of the largest libraries in Vietnam, was once the National Library of South Vietnam. The Elsevier Foundation has awarded the library a $25,000 grant to upgrade and expand its computer resource center and information infrastructure. The grant will provide 30 new computers […]

William Eshelman Dies; Librarian, Editor, Activist

By LJ Staff William Robert Eshelman, a lifelong librarian, peace activist, and editor died August 9 at his home in Portland, OR. As editor of the Wilson Library Bulletin (WLB) during the volatile decade from 1968 through 1978, Eshelman added to the distinction of the magazine and its role as one of the two leading […]