February 16, 2018

Archives for January 2006

Five cool adult books with teen appeal, recipients of this year’s Alex Awards.

By LJ Staff Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick My Jim by Nancy Rawles Neal Wyatt is a collection management librarian at the Chesterfield County Public Library, VA See all Wyatt’s World’s

The End of an Era: LJ Editor-in-Chief John Berry Retires

By LJ Staff John N. Berry III will officially retire today (1/31) from the staff of Library Journal, capping a 41-year career of unparalleled success and leadership. Berry arguably has done more to promote libraries and librarianship in the 20th century than anyone else in the field. His tenure at LJ has been marked by […]

LJ Talks to Robert Skinner

By LJ Staff Months after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Region, and with the ALA annual conference set for New Orleans, some good news came out of that devastated city in January: students returned to a number of local campuses. LJ caught up with Xavier University librarian – and crime noir novelist – Robert Skinner […]

New Executive Board Members Elected to ALA

By LJ Staff In elections to seats the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board, the top four vote-getters came clustered in two pairs, which was unfortunate for one of that group, since only three seats were open. Terri Kirk, a librarian at Reidland H.S., Paducah, KY, who was filling out President Michael Gorman’s expiring term, […]

The Lightning Keeper

By Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA Editor’s Pick for January 31, 2006 In a small Connecticut town in early 20th-century America, at a time when electricity is still a newfangled invention, Harriet Bigelow struggles with the decline of both her father’s mental health and the family ironworks business, for which she has […]

Don’t be Evil? Google to Censor in China, Will Appear Before Congress

By LJ Staff Google, despite a "Don't be Evil" model, last week said it would censor its search and news materials according to Chinese government standards. "Google.cn will comply with local Chinese laws and regulations," reads a Google statement announcing the launch. The statement went on to say that in deciding how to approach "the […]

EBSCO Partnering with Groxis for Visual Searching

By LJ Staff One of the coolest new products on view at the American Library Association’s (ALA) recent Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio was a visual spin on searching EBSCO databases. EBSCO has partnered with Groxis, a top provider of visual search applications, to add those features to EBSCOhost. The Grokker (yes, it is borrowed […]

Endeavor Drops ENCompass Name

By LJ Staff In one of the bigger surprises at Midwinter, Endeavor told LJ that it has dropped its ENCompass brand and renamed all the products in that line. Henceforth, ENCompass for Digital Collections will be called simply Curator, ENCompass for Journals Onsite is now Journals Onsite, and ENCompass for Resource Access becomes Discovery: Finder. […]

Wilson Adds Play Index

By LJ Staff WilsonWeb is now offering online access to Play Index, which includes entries on all major plays from the ancient Greeks to modern Broadway and off-Broadway – roughly 30,000 citations in all. The database is highly searchable, allowing users to gather info by title, author/playwright, subject, and more; a dropdown menu offers searches […]

Decent Attendance at ALA Midwinter Meeting; Dues Increase Moves Ahead

By LJ Staff Call it the expected effect of the remote location. The American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting last week drew 11,084 attendees, compared to 13,232 attendees in Boston last year, but a fraction more than the 10,788 who came to San Diego in 2004. One positive note, according to ALA director of conference […]