February 16, 2018

Archives for February 2006

First NY Comic-Con Is a Smash Success

By LJ Staff The first New York Comic-Con swallowed Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Center, February 24 – 26, attracting a crowd of 35,000, who enjoyed three packed days of panel sessions, author/artist signings, film/TV screenings, and a show floor bursting with comics and graphic novels of every description, action figures and models, DVDs, and artworks ranging […]

Louisville Listening Event Heralds Good News for Library

By LJ Staff It was good news for the people of Louisville when Americans for Libraries Council (ALC) board members visited the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL), KY, on February 2. The ALC was there to conduct the second in a series of nationwide listening events to gather research on library use and funding. The […]

Boston PL Union and Baltimore County’s Fish Win SirsiDynix – ALA‑APA Awards

By LJ Staff AFSCME Local 1526 of the Boston Public Library and James Fish, director of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL), Towson, MD, have been named the winners of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) second annual SirsiDynix-ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers. "The [Boston] union […]

Ex Libris’s James Steenbergen Dies

By LJ Staff Ex Libris veteran James Steenbergen died from a massive heart attack in early February. He was 57. Steenbergen was one of the first staffers to join the company’s new Ex Libris USA office in Illinois in 1998 as director of ALEPH Support Services. In that post he was instrumental in creating a […]

ProQuest Sponsored NGS Genealogy Prize Accepting Nominations

By LJ Staff The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is accepting nominations for its annual Philby Prize, which is sponsored by ProQuest Information and Learning. The $1000 award is presented ‘to the librarian who has made the most significant contribution to the field of family history.’ The criteria for candidates are: Significant contributions to patron access […]

Bowker Adds Fiction Connection RA Tool to BooksInPrint.com

By LJ Staff R.R. Bowker has added a new readers’ advisory tool to its popular BooksInPrint.com product. Dubbed Fiction Connection, the site lets BooksInPrint.com subscribers search U.S. fiction and biography titles by topic, genre, setting, character, location, and timeframe, which generates a list of suggested reading. The character search offers a wide spectrum of choices, […]

“Homeland Security” Officers Overreach at MD Library; Policing Porn

By LJ Staff Montgomery County, MD, has long had a security force that periodically patrols the public buildings, including libraries, and since July 2005 that unarmed security force has been part of the county’s Homeland Security Department. Two officers, wearing baseball caps announcing "Homeland Security," decided on February 9 to enforce their own version of […]

COA Continues Accreditation for Five Programs, One Conditionally

By LJ Staff The American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (COA), in its session at the 2006 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, continued the accreditation of four Library and Information Science programs and granted conditional accreditation to one program. With the four continuations, the next program review is scheduled for fall 2012. They […]

“Lib-dating” in Belgium: Book Lovers May Become Just Lovers

By LJ Staff "Basically it’s speed-dating, but in a new setting – with books," is how Belgian librarian Eric Van der Straeten describes the "lib-dating" service he created with fellow librarian Danny Theuwis that pairs readers in a comfortable setting – a library. The duo already have played matchmaker to numerous couples and are now […]

Cash-poor WI Library May Sell Historic Print

By LJ Staff The Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI, is in a quandary: its coffers are low but it owns a rare print of Abraham Lincoln (sporting a caption perhaps written by the president himself) that’s estimated to be worth at least $300,000. While the library could use the infusion of money, parting with […]