June 19, 2018

Archives for November 2004

SLA Faces Budget Crunch, Global Online University Moves Ahead

By LJ Staff The Special Libraries Association (d.b.a. SLA) faces budget problems–it had to slash nearly $1 million from its proposed $6.5 million 2005 budget–even as it pursues an ambitious online professional development product. The losses have been caused by falling stock prices, debts to hotels when conference attendance is less than anticipated, and the […]

Gorman, Panel Express Concerns for LIS Education

By LJ Staff At a panel titled "The Future of Library Information Education" on November 5, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect Michael Gorman, who has taken LIS education as the theme of his ALA presidency, reviewed the state of LIS programs in the U.S. and Canada. The meeting was sponsored by the Metropolitan New York […]

Community Pulls Together Around UH Manoa Library

By LJ Staff Librarians at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa’s Hamilton Library are being deluged again, this time with support from the community and fellow librarians. A flash flood swept through the library on October 30, damaging collections and shutting down much of the building. Diane Perushek, UH University Librarian, explained librarians’ spirits […]

Baker & Taylor Buys Spanish-Language Distributor

By LJ Staff Baker & Taylor (B&T) announced on November 16 the acquisition of Libros Sin Fronteras, which it described as "a bilingual company dedicated to the distribution of important, hard-to-find, Latin American and other Spanish-language materials," for an undisclosed sum. All future B&T Spanish-language activity will proceed under the Libros Sin Fronteras name. Former […]

Hanks and Howard Reteaming for Da Vinci Film?

By LJ Staff Tom Hanks is in negotiations to star in the much-awaited feature film adaptation of Dan Brown’s blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, which will be directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures paid $6 million for film rights to the book, which is the […]

OCLC Partners With Yahoo! for Consumer WorldCat Search

By LJ Staff OCLC has embarked on a pilot program with Yahoo!, Inc, to collaborate on a co-branded toolbar that will allow consumers to search two million "of the most popular records in WorldCat." According to OCLC, "the toolbar enables consumers to narrow their search results to the WorldCat database and helps them locate libraries […]

Innovative Names Shimshock Marketing VP

By LJ Staff Innovative Interfaces November 12 tapped Gene Shimshock to fill the new post of VP of Marketing. He previously was that department’s director. In his new office, Shimshock will have "strategic oversight of all activities that define and communicate Innovative’s presence in the library marketplace," the company said. Prior to Innovative, Shimshock held […]

MuseGlobal Content Partner Program Growing

By LJ Staff Metasearch technology firm MuseGlobal, Inc. has made great strides in its Content Partner Program, signing numerous new partners in recent months, bringing the total number of partners to more than 150. Newcomers to the fold include ebrary, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, and Ovid. MuseGlobal works with content partners to provide access to electronic […]

National Book Awards Honor “Excellence” and “Good Reads”

By LJ Staff The usual pre-National Book Awards’ (NBA) anticipation was heightened by controversy over the fiction nominees (five women authors, all living in New York) and wonder at the nomination of the surprisingly readable 9/11 Commission’s The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States-Authorized Edition […]

The Library Story in Basra Becomes a Book

By LJ Staff It’s a heartwarming story from a harsh zone: The Librarian of Basra, a new children’s book by Jeanette Winter, presents the story of Alia Muhammad Baker, who was able to save 30,000 books from the Central Library of Basra–70 percent of the library’s collection–before the building burned in a fire. The books […]