February 16, 2018

Archives for November 2006

Michigan PL Suspends Internet Access After Porn Complaints

By LJ Staff On November 27, after Internet users were known to be persistently looking at pornography on three computer terminal reserved for adults, managers of the Mt. Clemens Public Library in suburban Detroit decided to suspend Internet access until a new policy is devised. "It’s been a really difficult situation for us to manage," […]

Google Answers Calls It Quits

By LJ Staff Not every idea from Google is destined to be a blockbuster, and Google Answers, a pay-reference service started more than four years ago, will suspend operations, accepting no new questions after the first of the year. More than 800 pre-screened researchers participated in Google Answers, and users would state how much they […]

Collective Wisdom: Noteworthy Collections from Five Literary Lions

By LJ Staff Moral Disorder: and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction by Joan Didion All Aunt Hagar’s Children: Stories by Edward P. Jones The View from Castle Rock: Stories by Alice Munro We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Light in a Time […]

Fierce Fan Fallout From Hobbit Decision

By LJ Staff For Tolkien heads, Middle-earth and Peter Jackson go together like mac and cheese, gin and tonic, and, well, Sam and Frodo, so when word broke that New Line Cinema was passing on Peter Jackson as director of The Hobbit it was as if studio execs had thrown open the black gates of […]

Lost Eugene O’Neill Story Found

By LJ Staff Robert Dowling, a lit professor at Central Connecticut State University, has discovered the manuscript for a long lost short story by Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill. The story, titled The Screenews of War, is, according to the New York Post, "about a cast of Hollywood newsreel makers who were filming the Mexican revolution […]

Grey House Acquires ProQuest’s Micromedia Directories

By LJ Staff Grey House Publishing has acquired all of ProQuest’s Micromedia Directories products, which is the premiere line of information about Canada in both print and electronic. According to Grey House, "the transaction includes the online Canadian Info Desk and the Canadian Almanac & Directory, Associations Canada, Canadian Environmental Directory, Directory of Libraries in […]

Volusia County Library May Face Branch Closures

By LJ Staff The Volusia County Library, Daytona Beach, FL will have to close branches or forego an expansion program, after the County Council voted in September to keep property tax revenue flat, according to the Orlando Sentinel. That means a shortfall of $4 million for the 16-branch library system, which has a $23.2 million […]

Chute Reappointed IMLS Deputy Director for Libraries

By LJ Staff Mary L. Chute has been appointed to a second term as the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Deputy Director for Library Services, according to an announcement by IMLS Director Anne-Imelda M. Radice. Chute, who was first appointed by Robert S. Martin in 2002, served as the IMLS acting director after […]

Responses to Experience vs. Performance

By LJ Staff Last week’s letter about deciding who to fire sparked several alternate responses from readers with different approaches and reactions to the problem. I think your answer to "Unsure" about having to pick between two people to cut costs – one seasoned and one new – hit on some good points, but didn’t […]

Intrigue Grows Over Fate of Bush Presidential Library

By LJ Staff By any measure, George W. Bush’s presidency has been eventful, and following that script his post-presidency seems off to an eventful start with his presidential library. According to a New York Daily News exclusive Bush is seeking a record $500 million to build his library at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. […]