March 20, 2018

Archives for February 2005

Delegation Sobered by Salinas Situation, but See Locals Energized

By LJ Staff When a cadre of state and national library figures visited Salinas, CA, hoping to block the closure of the city’s library system, they emerged sobered but hopeful. American Library Association (ALA) President-elect Michael Gorman told LJ the delegation met with city officials, local business managers, and library staff and Friends; an open […]

PA Libraries Penalized for Not Joining Electronic Network

By LJ Staff The Upper St. Clair (USC) and Monroeville libraries, PA, have had their local interlibrary loan (ILL) privileges stymied by Allegheny County for refusing to use fully the county’s Electronic Information Network (eiN), a cooperative effort between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Library Association. Lois Hoop, told LJ that […]

CO Newspaper Project Soars

By LJ Staff The Colorado Association of Libraries selected the Colorado Historic Newspaper Digital Project, managed by  Brenda Bailey-Hainer, as the state’s Outstanding Library Technology Project. Funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant, the project, which serves as the basis for a state historic newspaper database, includes full-text indexing of […]

Ex Libris Promotes ISD Staffers

By LJ Staff Ex Libris has rewarded with promotions key senior members of its Boston-based Information Services Division (ISD), which was established in February 2000 to develop and launch the SFX® link server acquired from Ghent University. Oren Beit-Arie, one of ISD’s founders, has assumed a new role as chief strategy officer. He will focus […]

Man Booker Names First Crop of International Prize Contenders

By LJ Staff Judges for the new Man Booker International Prize announced the first group of global authors vying to win the award. The 18 authors hail from 13 countries and ten are writers in translation. They include Margaret Atwood, Saul Bellow, Gunter Grass, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Cynthia Ozick, Philip Roth, John Updike, and […]

Poncha Press Overstocks Available to Libraries Free

By LJ Staff Poncha Press is making free copies of its overstocked books available to libraries. ‘Rather than discard the excess inventory, we’ve elected to donate books to non-profit organizations and government entities including public and school libraries,’ said Barbara Osgood-Hartness, Poncha’s publisher and editor-in-chief. Osgood-Hartness insists there are no hidden fees and that libraries […]

Poetry News from Seattle and Staten Island

By LJ Staff Seattle business entrepreneur Charlie Wright, chair of the timber and development company R.D. Merrill, is expanding the family business in an unusual direction: publishing poetry. The Seattle Times reports that Wright is embarking on creating a small publishing company dedicated solely to poetry. To that end he has purchased the East Coast […]

San Antonio Public Library Chooses Dallas’s Salazar

By LJ Staff The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) has finally filled its director’s post, open since August 2003, hiring Ramiro Salazar, director of the Dallas Public Library, who has in recent months served as Dallas’s interim assistant city manager. Salazar told LJ that San Antonio presents ‘a great opportunity.’ He worked there 15 years […]

Atlanta-Fulton County Library System Picks Clearwater’s Szabo

By LJ Staff John F. Szabo, director of the Clearwater Public Library System in Clearwater, FL, since 1999, has been named director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System, effective April 4. He takes over a troubled system that last year saw the state-ordered reform of the library board, taking away their power to hire and […]

San Mateo PL Gets $2M for Biotech Center

By LJ Staff The San Mateo Public Library Foundation has received a $2 million grant from the Genentech Foundation to create a first-ever Biotechnology Learning Center at the new San Mateo Public Library, scheduled to open in July 2006. Over 250 biotech companies are headquartered in San Mateo County. Focusing on biotechnology, life sciences, and […]