February 17, 2018

Archives for October 2006

One Country, One Book? Yes, in the Netherlands

By LJ Staff The Netherlands is taking the "one community, one book" concept to the national level – and with a population of 16.5 million in a compact country, that’s possible. Libraries in the country are giving readers 575,000 copies of Dubbelspel (or "Double Play"), a 1973 bestseller by Frank Martinus Arion. That’s about one […]

Report Suggests U.K. Consider Regulating Licensed Content

By LJ Staff The British Academy, a national body for the advancement of humanities and social sciences, has released a report, sponsored by the European Commission, suggesting the application of copyright law in the United Kingdom may be inhibiting the work of scholars and offering ten "recommendations" for redress, including possible government regulation of licensing […]

Underutilization Leads GSA To Close Library

By LJ Staff In another case of a federal agency downsizing library service, the General Services Administration (GSA) closed its inhouse library in Washington, DC, on October 1, but in this case, GSA officials say there have been no complaints. "With Internet usage increasing, the utilization rate has diminished," Gail Lovelace, chief human capital officer, […]

Mayme Clayton, Black History Collector, Dies at 83

By LJ Staff Mayme Clayton, a self-directed collector who earned her MLS in mid-career as she compiled one of the country’s most substantial collection of black Americana, died October 13 at 83. As the Los Angeles Times reported, Clayton put her trove, which included much about black Americans in the West, in the garage behind […]

Read-Arounds: The Black Dahlia

By LJ Staff Start with The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy And then try: Angel in Black by Max Allan Collins True Confessions: A Novel by John Gregory Dunne (and the movie True Confessions (1981) starring Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall) Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder by John Gilmore Black […]

Warner Hosting LC Tour Sweepstakes for Baldacci Mystery

By LJ Staff Warner Books is holding a very cool contest to promote David Baldacci’s new murder mystery, The Collectors, which finds a corpse turning up in the Library of Congress’s (LC) rare books room. To fully exploit the magnificent and unique setting, the publisher will select two grand prize winners to receive a personal […]

powerHouse Launching Burns Archive Books

By LJ Staff powerHouse Books is launching a new imprint that gleans images from the massive Burns Archive of more than 800,000 vintage pix. Burns Archive Books will debut in January 2007 with Stanley B. Burns and Elizabeth Burns’s Geisha: A photographic History, 1872 – 1912. According to the publisher, the ‘hand-painted photographs show geisha […]

Libraries Urged To Apply for Alibris Collection Award

By LJ Staff Online used book dealer Alibris again is sponsoring the Alibris Collection Award of $3000 worth of books to an academic, public, special, or K – 12 library to support ‘specific collection development projects that advance the mission, priority areas, and goals of the selected library.’ Now in its fourth year, the purpose […]

WebJunction Gets $2M from Gates To Enhance Web Site

By LJ Staff WebJunction, which has gained significant support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assist libraries with public access computing since it launched in 2003, has gotten a $2 million grant from the foundation to enhance the web site. According to OCLC, the grant will support a redesign of WebJunction’s organization and […]

Cornell Joins Microsoft Book Search

By LJ Staff The Cornell University Libraries has agreed to a long-term partnership with Microsoft to digitize ‘a significant number’ of its books and to put the volumes online using Microsoft’s Live Book Search service. The news comes shortly after Google Book Search announced it had added the University of Wisconsin to its list of […]