April 19, 2018

Archives for January 2006

MA Library Rejects Warrantless FBI Request for Computers

By LJ Staff Police in Newton, MA, along with State Police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, appeared quickly at the Newton Free Library on January 18 after they learned that a terrorist threat sent to nearby Brandeis University had been generated from a library computer. But library Director Kathy Glick-Weil and city […]

Reorganization, Cuts, Turmoil at PL in Sheboygan, WI

By LJ Staff In Sheboygan, WI, after city officials voted to grant $2.6 million to the Mead Public Library, nearly $200,000 less than it requested and more than $110,000 less than it received in 2005, the deputy director and three of four department heads took early retirement packages, staving off the need for layoffs. As […]

Simple Math: Article Criticizing Brooklyn Library Hours Misses the Point

By LJ Staff If one library system provides fewer open hours than a neighboring system with similar funding, does that mean the first library offers lesser service? That’s what the New York Daily News asserted, in a January 8, 2006 article about the Brooklyn Public Library, which stated "Study finds boro branches offer least service." […]

Developer’s Library Plan for Ottawa Nixed

By LJ Staff The City of Ottawa, ON, received an unsolicited proposal last year for a new main public library, to be built by a developer, but city officials say such a private-public partnership wouldn’t be a good deal. City manager Kent Kirkpatrick told the city council, according to the Ottawa Citizen, that the city […]

New Rare Book School Announced by UCLA

By LJ Staff The University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) has announced the formation of a rare book school within the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. The chartering of the school comes at a time of "renewed interest in special collections coupled with a growing need […]

The ALA Notable Books Council, creators of “The List for America’s Readers,” names the 26 Most Notable Books of the Year

By LJ Staff Five Not-To-Be Missed Selections: Midnight At The Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the International Race To Split the Atom by Brian Cathcart Streets in Their Own Ink: Poems by Stuart Dybek The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh The Glass […]

NBCC Selects 2005 Finalists

By LJ Staff The board of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) January 14 announced the 2005 contenders in six categories, including its new listing of Autobiography. They are: Fiction E.L. Doctorow, The March (Random) Mary Gaitskill, Veronica (Pantheon) Andrea Levy, Small Island (Picador) Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (Knopf) William Vollman, Europe Central […]

Langum Project Names Book Winners

By LJ Staff The Langum Project for Historical Fiction has announced the winners of its annual book awards. Peter Donahue’s debut novel Madison House snagged the prize in the American Historical Fiction category, while Richard Ellis took the American Legal History and Legal Biography prize with To the Flag: An Unlikely History of the Pledge […]

Oprah Undaunted Picks Wiesel’s Night for Book Club

By LJ Staff Undaunted by the recent scathing criticism against James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, Oprah January 16 named Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical Holocaust memoir Night as the her next featured title (you go, girl!), calming the no doubt frazzled nerves of publishers who feared a second scandal might convince the big O again to […]

Salinas Libraries Coming Back

By LJ Staff In Salinas, CA, where voters last November approved new taxes to rescue the decimated library system, library service has begun to be restored. Last week, the Salinas City Council agreed to hire three librarians and two paraprofessionals, which will help the system’s three libraries offer 69 hours a week in combined service, […]