February 17, 2018

Archives for February 2006

In TX, One Book, One County, One Controversy

By LJ Staff Friendswood, TX, a small town outside Galveston, has joined in the Galveston County Reads collective plan to read Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. But the Friendswood mayor isn’t completely happy. On January 23, Mayor Kim Brizendine’s office issued a proclamation at the request of the […]

Farewell and Adieu: Jaws Author Benchley Dead at 65

By LJ Staff Peter Benchley died of pulmonary fibrosis on February 12. He was only 65 years old. After a career as a journalist and speech writer for Lyndon Johnson, Benchley did his family name proud (his father is Nathaniel and his grandfather is Robert) in 1974 when he exploded onto the fiction scene with […]

Gardening: Five Inspiring Spring Titles

By LJ Staff The New Garden Paradise: Great Private Gardens of the World by Dominique Browning Creating a Family Garden by Bunny Guinness Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home by Julie Moir Messervy and Sarah Susanka In and Out of the Garden by Sara Midda Forcing, Etc.: The Indoor Gardener’s […]

High-tech Hemingway: Papa on Disc and Downloadable

By LJ Staff Simon & Schuster Audio February 15 announced the launch of a new program to make the works of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway available on CD and eAudio downloads. The series launches in May with an early, middle, and later work in his career, namely, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell […]

Ingram Names Karen Cross VP Publisher Relations

By LJ Staff Ingram’s Publisher Services (IPS) division has tapped Karen Cross to fill the new post of VP of Publisher Relations. She comes to IPS from her most recent job as Executive VP of Marketing for Publisher’s Group West. Cross will be based in San Francisco and take the lead in assisting IPS’s clients […]

“One Book, One Chicago” To Extend Discussion to Moscow

By LJ Staff Chicago, a pioneer in the "One Book, One City" movement, has added a new twist to the programming around its tenth selection. It will join with Moscow to create an Internet book club, moderated by Chicago Public Library (CPL) librarians, to discuss Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. […]

Pollsfrom American Libraries Generate Debate, Tweaks

By LJ Staff In the wake of author Andrei Codrescu’s criticism of the American Library Association (ALA) policy on Cuba, American Libraries, ALA’s house organ, asked, in a poll in its January 25 AL Direct newsletter, "Should ALA Council pass a resolution condemning the Cuban government for its imprisonment of dissident ‘independent librarians’"? The tally: […]

After 4-3 Vote, WA PL Board To Filter All Net Access

By LJ Staff The board of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, WA, has voted 4-3 to filter all library computer access for pornography, joining the Phoenix PL and perhaps others in apparent violation of the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which would require libraries to disable the filters for adults […]

EPA Library Budget Would Be Cut by 80 Percent

By LJ Staff The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to drastically reduce the FY07 budget for its network of libraries – from $2.5 million to $500,000 – leading to the closure of the headquarters library and deep cuts and possible closures at six of ten regional libraries, layoffs of up to one-third of professional […]

NAPC Launches Content Solutions

By LJ Staff The National Archive Publishing Company (NAPC) is now offering a Content Solutions service, which includes a plethora of digital content capturing services such as imaging (digitizing and microfilm), image conversions (film to digital/digital to film), metadata capture and creation, text conversion (OCR and keyboarding), custom output formatting, film duplication and replacement, and […]