February 16, 2018

Archives for September 2004

IMLS Awards $1.7 in Native American Library Grants

By LJ Staff The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $1,720,053 to 14 Native American tribal communities and Alaska Native villages to improve library services to their communities. The recipients will match the grants with an additional $853,328. Projects include digitizing primary source material on the establishment of the North Slope […]

Online Access Still Unequal, Especially Among Youngest

By LJ Staff "Children, the Digital Divide and Federal Policy," a briefing released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, finds that disparities in access to the Internet continue, even though 96 percent of 8-18 year-old-students report ever having gone online. Interviews were conducted with 23 experts on the digital divide and youth issues. Even though nearly […]

Wheeler to Head Carroll County PL

By LJ Staff Lynn Wheeler, for 14 years assistant director at Baltimore County Public Library, has been named director of the Carroll County Public Library, Westminster, MD. She is currently working with the University of Maryland College of Information Studies on a number of projects, including the American Library Association capital campaign. Working for Library […]

Should Birth of a Nation Be Removed from Library Collection?

By LJ Staff Reverend Curtis E. Gatewood, a former president of the Durham, NC, arm of the NAACP, has asked that the film The Birth of a Nation be removed from the Granville County Library’s video collection because of its depiction of the Ku Klux Klan, the AP reported. In a letter to county library […]

IMLS, CPB to Fund Library-Museum-Broadcaster Collaborations

By LJ Staff The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private non-profit corporation that allocates the federal investment in public broadcasting, have announced a new plan to spark collaboration among local libraries, public broadcasters, and museums. Partnership for a Nation of Learners will offer $3 […]

Second Phase of Hartford PL Renovation, Expansion Begins

By LJ Staff The second phase in an ambitious $42 million renovation and expansion of the Hartford Public Library has begun. Full service, open access to collections, and uninterrupted programming will be maintained during the complete renovation of the 50-year-old Central Library. The construction period is expected to last from September 2004 to December 2005. […]

Williams, Formerly New Orleans City Librarian, Takes #2 Job in Fort Worth

By LJ Staff Gertiana Williams, who headed the New Orleans Public Library for five years, has since August been assistant director at the Fort Worth Public Library, TX. Williams hopes to spearhead the development of staff and training programs in Fort Worth. Before being named to the top job in New Orleans, she was assistant […]

Swets Gets $55M Cash Infusion, Will Guarantee Prepayments

By LJ Staff Swets & Zeitlinger shareholders agreed on September 24 to a cash injection of 45 million euros (about $55.4 million) by selling shares to existing shareholders. This was a sum required to maintain the company’s credit after Dutch press reports revealed that accounting problems had turned previously reported profits into a net loss […]

Salinas to Close Libraries if Vote Doesn’t Pass

By LJ Staff The Salinas City Council voted six to one to close the city’s three libraries as part of belt-tightening tactics to stem a $9.2 million budget deficit for 2005-2006, the Monterey County Herald reported. Along with libraries, several recreation centers and as many as half the maintenance staff department also affected. As these […]

Alabama Libraries Thrivin’ After Ivan

By LJ Staff Rebecca Mitchell, director of the Alabama Public Library Service, told LJ that, as in Florida, libraries overall came through the recent rash of killer storms ‘unbelievably well.’ Mitchell has been checking with libraries in coastal areas; she noted that the Mobile Public Library was able to open four of its branches immediately […]