March 20, 2018

Archives for October 2005

Buildings Expo

By LJ Staff The latest in buildings, furnishings, and equipment for libraries, from cool chairs and displays to scanners and security systems are yours in Library by Design. Submit your library building projects – new building, addition, renovation – to the LJ/LAMA Projects Database and share information with your colleagues.

Philadelphia Library Union Protests Associate Director’s “Evil” Email

By LJ Staff The long-simmering dispute between staffers and management at the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) reached a fever pitch in late October, after associate director Kevin Vaughan accidentally sent an email rudely denouncing a branch manager to that manager rather than its intended recipient, director Elliot Shelkrot. The union called for Vaughan to be […]

ALA Joins Lawsuit To Block FCC’s Wiretapping Rule

By LJ Staff The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to extend new regulations to universities and libraries that would force them to redesign their networks by July 2007 to enable law enforcement agencies to have remote access to their systems. In turn, the American Council on Education, representing universities, and the American Library Association (ALA), […]

Ovid Partners With QUOSA, Launches New Databases

By LJ Staff Ovid Technologies has entered an exclusive partnership with QUOSA, Inc. to offer QUOSA Information Manager, a desktop tool that lets users "query, update, organize, share, and analyze information." Ovid also is upping its database offerings by producing database for the Midwives Information and Resource Service (MIDIRS) containing more than 100,000 abstracted references […]

Lit Cheat Sheets for iPods

By LJ Staff Remember writing notes on the palm of your hand before taking that killer lit final? Well, save your ink: iPREPpress and SparkNotes October 26 announced a partnership that will see 11 study guides for American and English literature standards made available for downloading on iPods (hey, you can listen to your tunes […]

Miami-Dade Goes Wireless, San Jose On Deck

By LJ Staff The Miami-Dade Public Library, FL, October 18 debuted a wireless network throughout its 40 branches. The library also is now lending 420 laptops to patrons purchased with a $250,000 federal grant, which funded half the expense of the installation and acquiring the Dell laptops. The Miami Herald reports that property taxes funded […]

Ottawa Gets Unsolicited Offer for a New Library

By LJ Staff The City of Ottawa, ON, has received an unsolicited $150 million CDN ($126.7 million USD) proposal for a new public library. A developer who owns land near a proposed light rail transit hub is offering to build a 271,000 square foot library on six floors, with a private condominium development above. It […]

OH Task Forces Recommend Reducing Regional Systems

By LJ Staff Two task forces created by the State Library of Ohio have recommended reducing the state’s seven regional library systems to four, basically along geographic lines. The move has been spurred by budget cuts, State Librarian Jo Budler said, noting that state funding to the regional library systems has shrunk by 41 percent […]

Two Largest Courseware Providers Merge

By LJ Staff The two leading courseware providers Blackboard and WebCT have announced that they will merge. Under terms of the agreement, Blackboard will acquire WebCT in a cash transaction for $180 million and the combined companies will operate under the Blackboard name and brand, headquartered in Washington, DC. Operations will continue in WebCT’s facilities […]

Broward Library Gets Nine Percent Budget Increase

By LJ Staff Broward County Library (BCL), Fort Lauderdale, FL, has received a substantial nine percent budget increase for the new fiscal year that began October 1. The $63.6 million budget approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners will fund five new libraries and 63 new employee positions. The budget also includes money […]