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Archives for May 2005

AAUP, Publishers Challenge Google Print

By LJ Staff Commercial publishers and university presses alike are asking tough questions of Google concerning its plan to digitize the contents of major academic library collections. In a recent letter to Google senior intellectual property and product counsel Alexander Macgillivray, Association of American University Presses (AAUP) executive director Peter Givler noted that, while Google […]

Effort to Extend Patriot Act Stalls; Wyden Proposes More Disclosure

By LJ Staff During a May 26 private meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee, members disagreed on a proposal to extend the power of the FBI to seek records – including library records – in investigations of terrorism. The proposal would allow the FBI to use administrative subpoenas without getting approval form a judge. "You […]

CA Libraries Snag Literary Legends Lee, Bradbury

By LJ Staff The Los Angeles Public Library scored a coup May 19 when it lured reclusive author Harper Lee to drop her shield of privacy and accept its Literary Award. Lee, 79, was invited to the ceremony by Véronique Peck, the widow of Gregory Peck, who won an Oscar for his performance as protagonist […]

Houghton Releases Spanish-language Kaufman Birders Guide

By LJ Staff Houghton Mifflin is releasing a Spanish-language edition of Ken Kaufman’s 2000 smash Kaufman Guide to Birds of North America. Houghton claims that Guía de campo Kaufman a las aves de Norteamérica is the first Spanish field guide to North American birds. The volume was translated by Patricia Manzano Fischer and includes new […]

Thunder’s Mouth To Publish Unproduced Kerouac Play

By LJ Staff An unproduced three-act play by Jack Kerouac recently was unearthed among papers belonging to Kerouac’s agent Sterling Lord. Titled Beat Generation, the work reportedly was written in 1957 at the time of On The Road and also covers the adventures of Kerouac and friend Neal Cassady, who served as the model for […]

Polaris Improves Outreach Services

By LJ Staff Polaris Library Systems has added a customizable outreach services module to version 3.2 of its ILS. ‘Polaris Outreach Services are designed to manage outreach and homebound programs from the most basic manual process to large programs with dedicated collections and multiple delivery schedules,’ said the vendors. The service allows librarians to store […]

EBSCOhost Partners with NISC for Content

By LJ Staff EBSCO Publishing and the National Information Services Corporation (NISC) have partnered to make five NISC databases immediately available via EBSCOhost, with seven additional database titles to be added in the near future. Current NISC titles on EBSCOhost include Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies, Family & Society Studies Worldwide, and Gender Studies […]

Ovid Debuts New Search Tool

By LJ Staff Ovid Technologies is now marketing SearchSolver, its next-generation federated search tool. The company told LJ the product combines searching and linking capabilities to present results in a simple web-based format similar to Google. Users also can combine it with Ovid LinkSolver, the company’s OpenURL link resolver, ‘to create an end-to-end solution.’ Edinburgh’s […]

Santa Clara, CA, Levy Passes, But Increase Nixed

By LJ Staff Voters in Santa Clara County, CA, approved, via mail, the continuation of a library levy for another ten years. Measure A, which will reap $5.4 million annually, received 72 percent of the vote in the mail-only, month long election. However, Measure B, which would have increased the tax to raise another $1.9 […]

After Interim Post, Hahn Named to Head NCLIS

By LJ Staff Trudi Bellardo Hahn has been named executive director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). She has served as NCLIS interim executive director since November. Most recently Hahn was manager of library user education services and adjunct professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of […]