April 23, 2018

Archives for December 2004

IMLS Names George V. Smith Named Associate Deputy Director for Libraries

By LJ Staff George V. Smith has been named Associate Deputy Director, Office of Library Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services, effective February 1, 2005. "Dr. Smith is a well-respected library professional with a solid background in grant administration and outstanding management skills," said Robert Martin, IMLS director. Smith has been acting director of […]

ALA Midwinter Curley Lecture to feature String Quartet

By LJ Staff The 6th Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture, held annually at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA), will feature the Mendelssohn String Quartet rather than a speaker. "The performance marks the first time music has been featured in the lecture series, which aims to examine different aspects of the broad intellectual, […]

Corporate Librarian Indicted Over $800K in Phony Billing

By LJ Staff A corporate librarian formerly working in the Boston office of Bain & Co. has been indicted on charges that she cheated the global management consulting firm out of $800,000 over the course of six years. Jodie Walsh is alleged to have billed Bain for phony research reports, eventually setting up a post […]

Duke’s Deborah Jakubs Named University Librarian

By LJ Staff Deborah Jakubs, director of collections services for Duke University’s Perkins System Libraries, will become the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and vice provost for library affairs. The combined book collections of the university’s library system, and the separately administered libraries serving the schools of business, divinity, law and medicine, total more than […]

Vermillion PL, SD Sponsors Cuban Library

By LJ Staff In what seems to be a first such action of support, the board of the Vermillion PL , SD has voted to sponsor an independent Cuban library, the Dulce Maria Loynaz Library in Havana. A news release from the library board noted that the Dulce Maria Loynaz Library was one of the […]

Philadelphia Council Approves $30M for Central Library

By LJ Staff Philadelphia’s City Council has agreed to spend $30 million in city funds to expand the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The money would be borrowed by the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development, which would effectively own the library grounds, then lease them to the city, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. […]

NY Times Says Google Plan Rekindles Public Domain

By LJ Staff In an editorial December 21, the New York Times hailed the Google plan to digitize millions of books as one that "may redefine the nature of the Internet and the university." The newspaper noted that, since the project will be limited to books not under copyright, it "could well kindle a new […]

Quebec to Merge Three Libraries into Massive Super Center

By LJ Staff In an unusual move, the city run Bibliotheque centrale de Montreal (essentially, the city’s central library) has been purchased by the Quebec provincial government and is being merged with the province’s Bibliotheque nationale du Quebec’s St. Sulspice and Aegidius Fauteux branches into a single $144 million CDN ($116 million USD) super library […]

Palo Alto Branches to Remain Open, Unfortunately!

By LJ Staff Palo Alto, CA, council members last week quashed a plan to close two of the five library branches, which was proposed by director Paula Simpson in an attempt to consolidate collections and personnel. "We’ve got deteriorating facilities, over-stretched staff, increasing use–and no more money," Simpson told the San Jose Mercury News. Although […]

Tucson-Pima PL Names Ledeboer Director

By LJ Staff Nancy Ledeboer, deputy director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District since 1999, has been named the new director of the Tucson-Pima Public Library (TPPL), beginning January 24. She succeeds Betsy Stunz-Hall, interim head since the retirement of Agnes Griffen in June 2003. Last summer, San Francisco Public Library Director Susan Hildreth […]