April 21, 2018

Archives for November 2005

Miami-Dade Budget Grows 18%, Library Bruised by Wilma

By LJ Staff The FY05/06 budget of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, FL has grown 18 percent, to $84.4 million, thanks to rising property values in the Dade County area rather than a tax rate increase. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners also approved funding the library system’s eight-year capital plan, which calls for the […]

Madeleine Albright to Keynote New Orleans Conference

By LJ Staff As if there isn’t enough heat in New Orleans in June, ex-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has arranged to make the American Library Association’s Annual Conference (ALA) a stop on the tour for her new book. She will deliver the keynote at the Opening General Session. The former U.S. Secretary of State will be on tour next summer for her […]

Pat Harris Leaves NISO, Pat Stevens Named Interim Head

By LJ Staff The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) November 9 announced the immediate departure of its 20-year executive director Pat Harris. NISO offered no official explanation for Harris’s sudden withdrawal. The NISO Board will conduct an industry-wide search to secure Harris’s successor. Pat Stevens, head of NISO’s Standards Development Committee, has been tapped as […]

Google Funding $3 Million LC World Digital Library

By LJ Staff Google has given the Library of Congress (LC) $3 million to fund the facility’s World Digital Library, a project to mount primary materials from libraries and museums for public use on the Internet. Librarian of Congress James Billington said the World Digital Library will be reminiscent of LC’s current American Memory Project, […]

Reading Exhibitions: The Field Museum in Chicago Featuring Pompeii, Man-Eating Lions, and a really big dinosaur

By LJ Staff The Lost World of Pompeii by Colin Amery & Brian, Jr. Curran Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought Over T. Rex Ever Found by Steve Fiffer Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris Pompeii: The History, Life and Art of the Buried City by Marisa Ranieri Panetta The Lions […]

Responses to Strictly Business

By LJ Staff Last week’s Library-Lorn scenario of the mentor hitting on a colleague certainly hit a chord. Most of you thought our advice, well, sucked. Here’s what you guys thought Strictly Business should do (and thanks to those that shared their thoughts. We don’t just want you to read LJX, we want you to […]

Gwinnett Decides to Retain DVDs

By LJ Staff Though thefts led the Gwinnett County Public Library, GA, to sell most of the library’s remaining DVD collection, the board in November decided to keep the remaining 8000 children’s DVDs and videos, disregarding a recommendation from library director Jo Ann Pinder. The library lost some 17,000 DVDs, mostly children’s titles, to theft, […]

Nonprofit Publishers Offer Public Access Plan

By LJ Staff Six months after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) implemented its weakened public access policy for the research it funds, the signatories of the DC Principles, a group of 57 medical and scientific nonprofit publishers, have offered a counter-proposal. The plan would have the NIH offer online access to articles by linking […]

Stewart & Co. Win Thurber Prize

By LJ Staff Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, and Ben Karlin snagged the 2005 Thurber Prize for American Humor for their title The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction (Warner). "When the really smart extra-terrestrials finally locate the fused wreckage of our planet," said judge Rachel Cline, […]

Pocket To Publish G Unit Book Line by Rapper 50 Cent

By LJ Staff Rapper 50 Cent already has made a foray into the film industry with Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and now is ready to bust a move on publishing. The video star (born Curtis Jackson) has cut a deal with Simon & Schuster (S. & S.) for a line of street fiction titles […]