February 16, 2018

Archives for October 2004

Clark Atlanta University SLIS Refuses To Hear ALA Appeal

By LJ Staff The end is apparently drawing near for Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). The school is scheduled to close at the end of this academic year, and school officials refused an American Library Association (ALA) request to discuss alternatives. In a statement, ALA president Carol Brey-Casiano said […]

HI Rebounding from Budget Woes, Now Faces Recruitment Challenge

By LJ Staff The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS), with 51 branches across the islands as well as the state library, faces some unique recruitment challenges. After a period of budget decreases, which resulted in slashed branch hours and unfilled positions, "We have many more vacancies than we can easily fill," explained State Librarian […]

Bill Katz Dies; Author, Reference Expert, Teacher

By LJ Staff William (Bill) Katz, a former professor at the School of Information Science and Policy (SISP), State University of New York at Albany, and an internationally known expert and teacher of reference work in libraries, died on September 12, according to an October 11 announcement on the web site of SISP. Close friends […]

Hopeful Kerry Wants To Hold Bash at BPL

By LJ Staff Presidential candidate John Kerry wants to hold an election-night bash in Copley Square, outside the Boston Public Library. The Boston Globe reported October 19 that Kerry campaign organizers have approached the mayor about using the Square, which is adjacent to Trinity Church and the John Hancock Tower. This locale beat out Fenway […]

Citing divine, AIP Wants Payment On Time

By LJ Staff If libraries want their 2005 subscriptions from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) to go uninterrupted, AIP has a simple suggestion–pay your invoice promptly. In an email message sent to academic libraries, AIP officials, citing the 2003 collapse of divine, Inc.’s RoweCom/Faxon subscription service, said that 2005 issues of AIP journals will […]

PL of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Bails from Rock the Vote Event

By LJ Staff The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s board terminated plans for the library to host a Rock the Vote celebration consisting of workshops and musical performances, which had been in development for two months. "Our concern was that in participating in this event, people would perceive that the library was involved […]

Akron Opens New Main Library

By LJ Staff After three years of planning and construction, the new main library of the Akron-Summit County Public Library opened with a gala celebration on October 16. The newly remodeled and enlarged $57 million library was built around the shell of the old one, doubling square footage to 270,000 and adding a 430-seat auditorium, […]

Libraries Shelve Fahrenheit 9/11 Screenings

By LJ Staff Libraries in Ohio and New York have cancelled screenings of Michael Moore’s award-winning anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 after receiving numerous complaints, including a lawsuit. The Elyria Public Library, OH, shelved its screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 and a second documentary criticizing Moore’s film because it had not yet received showing rights, the AP […]

Group Soliciting Libraries Accused of Destroying Democrat Registrations

By LJ Staff A political consulting firm owned by the former head of the Arizona Republican Party, which contacted several libraries regarding voter registration drives, has come under scrutiny after a former employee told authorities that thousands of voter registration forms submitted by Democrats were destroyed. Oregon officials are now investigating Voters Outreach of America, […]

NetLibrary, Recorded Books Offer Downloadable Audiobooks; OverDrive Set to Launch

By LJ Staff Recorded Books and NetLibrary are teaming up to offer downloadable audiobooks to libraries – with unlimited access to each title rather than the one-book, one-borrower model. "You’re not taking advantage of all the things the digital world can offer if you’re saying ‘one book, one user,’" noted Brian Downing, publisher of Recorded […]