February 16, 2018

Archives for September 2006

Filter Opposition Fodder for Attack Ad

By LJ Staff Montana U.S. Senate candidate Jon Tester, a Democrat, voted in 2001 against a state law requiring libraries to install Internet filters – and now he’s facing a Montana Republican Party attack ad that claims he’s "so extreme he can’t be trusted to vote to protect Montana." (A federal law had been passed […]

LSSI Contract in TN Would be a Loss Leader

By LJ Staff The Jackson-Madison County Library Board, has agreed to negotiate a contract with Library Systems and Services LLC (LSSI) to manage the library, but not everyone at a recent meeting was on board. Library Board Chair Kathryn Swindle asked LSSI president Frank Pezzanite about the benefits package.  "In a commercial sense, there are fairly […]

Former Indianapolis Board Member Pleads Guilty in Conflict Case

By LJ Staff Former Indianapolis library board member David "Mark" Bowell has pleaded to the felony to a conflict of interest charges related to the problem-plagued Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library’s (IMCPL) central library expansion project. According to the Indianapolis Star, Bowell’s plea acknowledges that when the board voted unanimously in 2002 to award the no-bid […]

Another Big Year for Miami-Dade PL

By LJ Staff Thanks to rising property values, the Miami-Dade Public Library System has received another huge boost in revenues . Its newly-approved $108 million budget for FY 2006-07 represents a 28 percent increase over the previous year’s figure – which itself was an 18 percent jump. The new budget will fund additional hours, jobs, and […]

Are You Ready for Some Football?

By LJ Staff Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today’s NFL by John Feinstein North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by […]

Boston PL Launches “John Adams Unbound”

By LJ Staff A new exhibition at the Boston Public Library (BPL), "John Adams Unbound," represents the first public showing of the complete personal library of John Adams, the second president, a founding father, and a lifelong book collector. Among the highlights are numerous annotations made by Adams, a very participatory reader. The exhibition, on […]

After Complaint, Library Refuses To Take Down Mel Gibson Poster

By LJ Staff The presence of actor Mel Gibson, lately notorious for drunken, anti-Semitic remarks, on American Library Association (ALA) "Read" posters led some librarians on electronic mailing lists to discuss whether to replace the posters. But recently the Schaumburg Township District Library, IL, got two patron complaints about that very same poster, and the […]

Christopher Tolkien Completes Dad’s Unfinished MS

By LJ Staff Christopher Tolkien, son of you know you, has announced the 2007 publication of The Children of Hurin, a novel based on a manuscript his father began in 1918 and later abandoned, though HoughtonMifflin. Christopher, who has edited 14 posthumous volumes of father J.R.R’s work, spent 30 years finishing the story, which takes […]

Bite Me: Harris Releasing Fourth Hannibal Novel

By LJ Staff Random House September 19 announced it is publising Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Rising this December 5. The book is the fourth outing with the author’s cannibalistic serial killer psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter. According to Random, the 356-page novel unfurls Lecter’s life from age six to 20, during which he witnessed his family’s murders in […]

Dutton Names Trena Keating Editor-in-Chief

By LJ Staff Dutton has tapped publishing veteran Trena Keating as its new editor-in-chief. She comes to the post from her most recent position as associate publisher of Plume Books and previously was editor-in-chief at Penguin. At Plume, Keating enlarged its program by establishing a current events list including such bestsellers as John Perkins’s Confessions […]