February 16, 2018

Archives for December 2005

UK Report: Digitization Coordination Needed

By LJ Staff Despite the expenditure of some £130 million ($225 million) in public money on creating digital content since the mid-1990s, the projects have been unstructured, piecemeal, and fragmented – and about to be upstaged by Google effort to digitize library books, according to a recent UK report. The report, commissioned by JISC (Joint […]

Atlanta Branch Wins Award; Staffers Still Raise Questions

By LJ Staff The East Atlanta Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System was recently named Best New Library by Atlanta Magazine in its Best of Atlanta Awards. The branch also received a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It features Lillian Blades’ mixed-media wall sculpture, […]

ALA Katrina Fund Raises Over $200,000

By LJ Staff Thanks to some large donations by corporate contributors, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund has raised over $200,000 to help rebuild hundreds of libraries damaged or destroyed in the Gulf Coast region. Recent big donors include the H.W. Wilson Foundation ($50,000) and DEMCO, Inc. ($10,500). Over 1000 ALA […]

Gateses, Bono Named TIME’s Persons of the Year

By LJ Staff Cited for their philanthropic endeavors, Bill and Melinda Gates were named Persons of the Year by TIME magazine, along with rock star Bono. The TIME article, ‘From Riches to Rags‘, focused mainly on the Gateses’ initiatives in global public health, but their library efforts also gained mention. ‘In its six-year existence, the […]

Compromise Rejected, Patriot Act Extended Until February 3 for Debate

By LJ Staff In what the Los Angeles Times termed ‘a major setback for the White House,’ the Senate on December 21 passed a six-month extension of the USA PATRIOT Act rather than renew the law according to a previously crafted House-Senate compromise. The next day, however, the House of Representatives agreed to extend the […]

UMass Dartmouth Student’s Claim About Federal Agents Crumbles Under Scrutiny

By LJ Staff An unnamed student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth said he was visited by federal agents after requesting the ‘Peking’ edition of Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung’s Little Red Book through interlibrary loan (ILL). His claim, however, collapsed within a week, with increasing press and public scrutiny of apparently unsupported claims. According […]

NEH Official Named To Head IMLS

By LJ Staff President Bush has announced that he will nominate Anne-Imelda Radice, of Vermont, to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, for a term of four years. Radice currently serves as acting assistant chairman for Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities; the IMLS directorship was first held by […]

New Orleans Universities Face Cuts

By LJ Staff With most public librarians already jobless in New Orleans as the city rebuilds after Hurricane Katrina, the city’s institutions of higher education are also facing cuts. Tulane University officials recently said that the university would cut as many as 230 faculty positions; 180 would come from the medical school, roughly a third […]

Guadalajara Fair Attracts 245 Librarians

By LJ Staff As the Latino publishing market expands, Guadalajara’s Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL), the Spanish-language world’s most prominent book fair, is attracting an increasing number of U.S. book professionals. This year’s show, held November 26 – December 4, drew an unprecedented number of U.S. publishers, agents, translators, and librarians. Over 245 librarians came […]

Porn Issue Behind Library Bond Opposition in Southwest WA

By LJ Staff The libraries of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in southwest Washington are overcrowded, but the community has failed narrowly to pass bond measures in the past two years to build a new library in Vancouver and another branch. So, the library has been soliciting input, both online and at public meetings. […]