April 21, 2018

Archives for November 2004

With Comment Period Closed, Will NIH Proposal Land in Court?

By LJ Staff Congress last week again expressed its support for the proposal by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to make the research it funds freely available via PubMed Central. Language in the Conference Report for the FY 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act directed NIH "to give full and fair consideration to all comments before […]

Friends Seek Special Election to Save Salinas Public Library

By LJ Staff The Friends of the Salinas Public Library, CA, will try to put another tax measure on a special March ballot in hopes that a successful passage will prevent the closure of the three-branch system. The city council also is making an effort–it created a committee time to generate ideas about raising money […]

Seattle’s 2005 Budget Finalized, Bookmobile Service Reinstated

By LJ Staff Seattle’s city council has adopted a budget for 2005 that reinstates $1 million that was cut from Seattle Public Library’s proposed budget. The funds will be equally split between the library’s materials budget and Mobile Services, which was due to be suspended. The library had proposed cutting the bookmobile to help address […]

National Library Funding Increases, But Less Than Goal

By LJ Staff Congressional funding for library programs for FY05, which began in October, will be $207,760,000, an increase of $9.5 million over FY04, but that was $12.7M below the president’s request and $15.8M less than what the Senate approved. Congress funded $162M in State Grants administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services […]

Google Scholar Offers Access to Scholarly Publications Metadata, and Librarians Take Note

By LJ Staff Google has announced plans to work with academic publishers to release Google Scholar. The partnership will offer access to the metadata of scholarly publications, including those documents currently held behind subscription paywalls and not previously spidered by the company. The content will be "scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts […]

Will Temporary Sales Tax Plan Save Buffalo System?

By LJ Staff The 52-branch Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (BECPL), NY, could close all its branches as of January 1 unless a change is made to a county budget that cuts $18 million in support–75 percent of its operating funds. BECPL already has eliminated its reserve service. As property taxes in Erie County […]

Florida Library System Bans Unaccompanied Adults from Loitering in Kids Areas

By LJ Staff The Orange County Library System (OCLS), Orlando, FL has become one of a handful of libraries to ban adults unaccompanied by children from loitering in the children’s areas throughout its 14 branches. Marilyn Hoffman, OCLS’s community-relations coordinator told LJ "an adult can come in without a child and browse and take materials […]

Endeavor Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

By LJ Staff Without the baggage of an aging legacy system to maintain, Endeavor Information Systems was born cutting-edge in late 1994, a factor that president Roland Dietz told LJ has put it at the forefront of adopting new technology. "Endeavor was the first library automation vendor to employ a client-server, open architecture design, with […]

Backstage Library Works Buys OCLC’s MARS Service

By LJ Staff Although OCLC has been busy acquiring new ventures in recent years, the organization has sold its MARS authority control service to Backstage Library Works, contending that the offline, standalone service proved a poor fit for its efforts to expand its WorldCat services. OCLC asserts that Backstage’s acquisition ensures the service’s continuity and […]

Christopher Buckley Awarded Thurber Prize

By LJ Staff Christopher Buckley on November 15 snagged the 2004 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his novel No Way to Treat a First Lady (Random). Presented appropriately at New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel, James Thurber’s former residence and watering hole, the event marked the return of the prize, which had been on a […]