February 21, 2018

Archives for August 2006

NISO Names Todd Carpenter Managing Director

By LJ Staff The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has concluded its search for a new boss: the organization August 23 announced the appointment of Todd Carpenter in the new post of managing director. He permanently succeeds Pat Harris, who departed after 20 years last November. Pat Stevens, head of NISO’s Standards Development Committee, has […]

Scopus Adds Custom Search Features

By LJ Staff Scopus has added a few cool customizable search features in a new Selected Sources offering. Scopus said the improved searching "enables users to search within selected repositories or subject specific digital archives within the Scopus interface…[and] allows customers to choose from a list of institutional resources and special subject collections indexed by […]

NetLibrary To Provide Chinese-Language Content

By LJ Staff OCLC’s NetLibrary operation is teaming with Taiwan’s Airiti, Inc. for subscriptions to a trio of top Chinese-language databases: Airiti’s Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS), the Chinese Electronic Periodical Services (CEPS), and the National Palace Museum (NPM) Online Database. TEPS and CEPS databases provide direct access to more than 2500 full-text Chinese-language journals, […]

Going Back to New Orleans

By Ronald Gauthier A librarian, displaced by Katrina, reflects on returning to the city for ALA I flew on a plane burgeoning with chatty conventioneers, all of us heading to New Orleans for the American Library Association (ALA) conference. Amid the clinking, ice-filled cups, the rhythmic humming of the plane, and the occasional bursts of […]

Google Offers Wi-Fi to Hometown, Not Nationally

By LJ Staff Last week Google launched free citywide wireless network for its hometown of Mountain View, CA. The company spent $1 million to cover nearly all of the city’s 12 square miles in what it called a demonstration project for other municipal Wi-Fi networks. While Google is joining with Earthlink to build a citywide […]

New PLA Conable Award Honors IF Commitment

By LJ Staff The Public Library Association’s (PLA) new Gordon M. Conable Award will honor a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The award consists of a $1500 check and a commemorative plaque from the sponsor, […]

Library Journal Buildings/Facilities Wildcard

By LJ Staff Tell us about your architectural projects and share the results of your referenda! Enter Your Library Project InformationArchitectural Questionnaire for Public Libraries Survey on Referenda for Library Operating Funds Survey on Referenda for Library Buildings This Fall you’ll be able to search our databases for projects by footage, cost, special features (café, […]

EPA Library Closures Move Ahead

By LJ Staff Even before Congress acts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to shut down three regional libraries by September 30, end public access to research materials, and put up to 80,000 documents in boxes for eventual digitizing, according to agency documents released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The assumption, […]

Outsourcing Issue Divides TN Community

By LJ Staff The plan by the board of the Jackson-Madison County Library, TN, to outsource library management to a private vendor has divided the community. Even though Chancellor James Butler ruled that the library board can enter into such a contract, not everyone in the community is convinced. At a board meeting on Tuesday, […]

Five Books for the Dog Days of Summer

By LJ Staff Zarafa: A Giraffe’s True Story, from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris by Michael Allin The Medici Giraffe: And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power by Marina Belozerskaya Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey–The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World by Holley Bishop The Good Good Pig: […]