April 24, 2018

Archives for October 2005

What to wear for the interview

By LJ Staff Dear LJ: What is the appropriate attire for a man to wear for a job interview at the library of a large urban public university? Can I get away with wearing just a nice sports coat, pressed slacks, shirt, tie, and shined shoes? I don’t have a good business suit, my one […]

Mercantile Library Creates Fiction Center, Perkins Award

By LJ Staff The Mercantile Library of New York City is reinventing itself as the first U.S. Center fully devoted to fiction. The library is jumping headlong into its new status by hosting "The Art of Fiction," a fall program hosting writers Caryl Phillips, Julia Alvarez, Rogers Rosenblatt, and more for a lecture series. Further […]

Harlequin Buys BET Books

By LJ Staff Harlequin Enterprises has acquired BET Books, the publishing unit of Black Entertainment Television. The romance Goliath is expanding its stable of offerings with BET’s imprints Arabesque, Sepia, and New Spirit, which are being combined with its existing African American program. Donna Hayes, Harlequin’s publisher and CEO, said the purchase supports a key […]

TIME Critics Select 100 Best English-Language Novels Since 1923

By LJ Staff Time Magazine literary critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo have named their picks for the 100 best novels released since 1923 the year of the magazine’s founding. Like the Modern Library’s Best Novels of the 20th Century list that caused such a big brouhaha in 1998, TIME mostly rounds up the usual […]

Plagued by Theft, Gwinnett County PL Sells Kids’ Videos

By LJ Staff The Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA, does not collect home entertainment DVDs or videos for adults, just nonfiction titles, but it has long lent entertainment DVDs and videos to children – until recently. In mid-2004, said director JoAnn Pinder, "We thought we were losing DVDs, so we did an inventory, and […]

San Antonio PL Gains Budget Increases

By LJ Staff Under new director Ramiro Salazar, the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) has seen significant increases in its FY 2005-06 budget. SAPL’s operating budget grew to $23,084,177, an 11 percent increase over last year, while the capital budget of $9,381,000 represents a 27 percent increase. Employees making $50,000 or less annually will receive […]

Tricks and Treats for Readers: Five Frightful Tales

By LJ Staff October Country by Ray Bradbury The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson I Am Legendby Richard Matheson The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe Ghost Story by Peter Straub Neal Wyatt is a collection management librarian at the Chesterfield County Public Library, VA See […]

LJ Talks to Patty Friedmann

By Wilda Williams For five harrowing days after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, New Orleans writer Patty Friedmann (Second Hand Smoke, Eleanor Rushing) hunkered down first alone in her home and then with her sister at a neighbor’s house, as the waters from Lake Pontchartrain spilled through the city’s broken levees and flooded her […]

Baton Rouge Library Wins Levy Renewal Despite Controversy

By LJ Staff Despite a controversy over the location of a future new main library, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, LA, won a resounding 62% of the vote in an election October 15 to renew its millage for another 10 years. "I’m darn proud," library director Lydia Acosta told LJ. "We got a greater […]

AAP Sues Google Over Library Plan

By LJ Staff The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has filed suit against Google over its program to scan library books. AAP officials said the lawsuit was filed "after lengthy discussions broke down" between the AAP and Google regarding what AAP insists is copyright infringement regarding the Google Print for Libraries Project. The suit seeks […]