February 17, 2018

Archives for August 2005

EASYpick Voice Upgrades with VISE

By LJ Staff FLI Logistex’s has improved its EASYpick Voice order fulfillment system with the addition of Voxware Integrated Speech Recognition Engine (VISE). The company said that VISE ‘significantly reduces costs and increases accuracy by enabling workers to utilize audible commands and voice responses to perform a variety of order fulfillment tasks.’

ACLU Sues to Lift Gag on Connecticut Library

By LJ Staff The American Civil Liberties Union has sued to lift the gag on a Connecticut library under investigation by the FBI, which has used a section of the USA PATRIOT Act to demand records. The ACLU wants its client—which was not identified, nor was the type of library specified to participate in the […]

After Staff Catches Sex Offender, FL Librarian Suspended, Reinstated

By LJ Staff Sue Martin, head librarian of the Valparaiso Community Library, FL, was suspended with pay on August 11 after a registered sex offender’s actions on the library’s Internet computer eventually led to his arrest. However, the county commission voted 4-1 two weeks later to reverse the decision by the commissioner who suspended her. […]

Velterop to Lead Springer’s Open Access Effort

By LJ Staff Jan Velterop, who resigned in April as publishing director of pioneering open access publisher BioMed Central, has been appointed to the newly created position of director of open access at Springer, the second-largest STM publisher. The move comes just a little over a year after Springer launched ‘Springer Open Choice,’ offering its […]

Buffalo Branch Closings Decision Delayed for a Week

By LJ Staff Officials at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (BECPL) library officials will delay until September 1 a decision on the number and locations of branch libraries that might be closed next year. Instead of meeting today, the library board will wait for affected communities to continue their discussions with the library, […]

Erie County Offers Library for Severely-Affected Tonawanda

By LJ Staff The Town of Tonawanda Public Library (TTPL), Kenmore, NY, may lose three out of five branches, under a Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL) proposal to close at least 20 libraries. Acknowledging the effect in a community with more than 78,000 residents, county executive Joel Giambra has offered to contribute $2.5 […]

Arent I a “real” librarian?

By LJ Staff Dear LJ: Most of my working life as a librarian has been spent on the ‘dark side,’ employed by companies that sell things to librarians. So my colleagues in the library profession don’t consider me to be a ‘real’ librarian…. Should I care? Back in the late 80’s the money for Recon […]

Barbecue: Fire up the Grill but Read These First

By LJ Staff The Barbecue America Cookbook: America’s Best Recipes from Coast to Coastby Rick Browne & Jack Bettridge Bobby Flay’s Grilling For Life: 75 Healthier Ideas for Big Flavor from the Fireby Bobby Flay Peace, Love, & Barbecue: Recipes, Secrets, Tall Tales, and Outright Lies from the Legends of Barbecueby Mike Mills & Amy […]

Best-selling Authors Auctioning Character Naming Rights

By LJ Staff A handful of best-selling authors are giving fans a unique opportunity to name a character in an upcoming work. Stephen King, Amy Tan, Lemony Snicket, Nora Roberts, and a dozen others are holding eBay auctions, whereby top bidders winning the right to name a character or other item in their favorite author’s […]

Hunter Thompson’s Parting Shot: Gonzo Writer’s Ashes Fired from Cannon

By LJ Staff Gonzo to the end, Hunter S. Thompson went out with a bang August 21 as his ashes were fired from a cannon perched atop a 15-story tower modeled after his signature logo of a clenched fist holding a knife during a massive fireworks display near his Aspen, CO, home. Family and friends […]