February 25, 2018

Archives for December 2004

Rowling Finishes Sixth Potter, Half-Blood Prince Being Released July 16, 2005

By LJ Staff Christmas came early for millions of Harry Potter-heads, as creator J.K. Rowling announced December 20 that she had finished the manuscript for the sixth volume, The Half-Blood Prince, which will go on sale July 16, 2005. "I know you all expected this to happen on Christmas Day, but I was sure that […]

Fate of ALA’s Midwinter Meeting Stirs Debate

By LJ Staff Is the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting worth the bother? The issue stirred vigorous debate last week on the ALA Council’s electronic discussion list. Councilor Kate Corby pointed out that "meeting twice uses a lot of personal and institutional resources" and that ALA might be able to meet in summer for a […]

Phoenix Funds Staff to Manage “No Porn” Internet Access

By LJ Staff After mandating that adults had no right to turn off Internet filters at the Phoenix Public Library, city officials have agreed to spend $175,000 for a librarian and three FTE paraprofessionals to help manage the city’s "no pornography" policy at public libraries. City Librarian Toni Garvey told LJ that the new positions […]

Internet Archive, Libraries Collaborate on Open-Access Text Archives

By LJ Staff Google can certainly steal the media thunder, but it isn’t the only game in town. Earlier this month, the San Francisco-based Internet Archive announced partnerships with a number of international libraries, including the Library of Congress, the University of Toronto, and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as the Bibliotheca Alexandria in Egypt, […]

Innovative Adds B&T’s Content Café

By LJ Staff Innovative Interfaces has cut a deal with Baker & Taylor (B&T) to include bibliographic information found in the book jobber’s Content Café to its customers’ OPACs. Content Café sports almost 1.5 million jacket-art images, tables of contents, and full text reviews from ten sources, including LJ and Publishers Weekly, along with purchase […]

Chicago Public Library Debuts Find It!

By LJ Staff The Chicago Public Library (CPL) cut the ribbon on its new Find It! search tool, which was designed in collaboration with WebFeat. CPL said that Find It! allows patrons at all locations search the library holdings while simultaneously searching research databases. Each branch has dedicated workstations for using Find It!, plus the […]

ICANN Grants Preliminary Approval for New Net Domains

By LJ Staff The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given its preliminary blessing to Internet domain names .mobi, .jobs, .post, and .travel. Both .post and .travel (for postal- and travel-related services) were okayed by the Internet standards group last October, with .mobi and .jobs getting the nod following an evaluation process […]

Obama Lands Three-book Deal with Crown/Random Children’s

By LJ Staff Barack Obama, who in January will be the only African American U.S. Senator, has cut a $1.9 million three-book deal with Crown/Random House Children’s Books. The contract, which is still pending approval from the Senate Ethics Committee, calls for two adult books and one children’s book, for which Obama will receive $1.7 […]

Regan Books Signs Peterson’s Mistress

By LJ Staff Before a California jury had sentenced Scott Peterson to death for premeditated murder, Regan Books already had signed the killer’s mistress, Amber Frey, for a book scheduled to be released January 4. Frey, who was involved with Paterson while he planned the killing of his pregnant wife, had asked her family and […]

IFLA Names Lor Secretary General After Ramachandran Resigns

By LJ Staff Singapore’s R. Ramachandran, named Secretary General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) earlier this year, resigned after only eight months on the job, and was quickly replaced by Peter Johan Lor of South Africa. IFLA President Kay Raseroka said in a statement, "It is with great regret that […]