February 16, 2018

Archives for December 2006

Passing of President Ford Means New Attention at Two Libraries

By LJ Staff The December 26 death of President Gerald R. Ford, the country’s 38th president – known for his steady hand in post-Watergate days and his controversial pardon of predecessor Richard M. Nixon – reverberated especially at two libraries associated with him. A University of Michigan alumnus, Ford placed his presidential library, as well […]

SirsiDynix Acquired by Private Equity Firm; Service To Remain Same, but Will Costs Rise?

By LJ Staff SirsiDynix, the leading automation vendor used by public, academic, and school libraries, announced today that it will be acquired by Vista Equity Partners, a $1 billion private equity firm that focuses on investing in software and technology businesses. This marks the first time that the San Francisco – based Vista has invested […]

Salt Lake City Library’s Tessman To Retire

By LJ Staff Nancy Tessman, director of the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL), will retire in June, having earned for the library and herself numerous accolades. A 30-year veteran of the library, Tessman, 53, is in the midst of some personal change. She recently married and the couple plan to travel to Europe for […]

Ring out the New Year with Five Great Reads From 2006

By LJ Staff The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Neal Wyatt is a collection […]

Ohio PL Gets $10 Million Bequest

By LJ Staff The Pickaway County District Public Library (PCDPL), Circleville, OH, has received a $10 million bequest from the estate of Mary Joanne Clifton. "We are humbled that Mrs. Clifton thought enough of the library and its mission in the community to make this significant contribution," said Jim Guenther, library director. Clifton was a […]

Minneapolis PL To Close Three Branches Temporarily

By LJ Staff As hinted, a one-year $1.2 million increase in the budget for the Minneapolis Public Library (MPL) won’t be enough for the library board to keep three of 15 branches open. The board wants to budget on a three-year basis, and without assurances of continued funds, will close the branches. However, the library […]

New DC Central Library on Hold; Cooper Confident

By LJ Staff The effort to build a new central library for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) has hit a pause, as the City Council postponed any deliberation on the proposed project until a new city administration takes over. The $275 million project, to be built on the site of the city’s old convention […]

NJ Librarian Named Winner of 2006 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

By LJ Staff Michele Reutty, former director of the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library, NJ, has been named winner of the 2006 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for her resistance to a police request to supply library circulation records without a subpoena. Her posture of abiding by state law, as well as her consultatio with a […]

Bedford, TX, Library Donor Revealed; Board Opposes Outsourcing

By LJ Staff A local company that sells health plans to self-employed people has revealed itself as the anonymous donor who gave $300,000 last year that allowed the city of Bedford, TX, which had briefly shuttered its library after a tax cut, to reopen the library. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram identified the firm as HealthMarkets […]

More than 200 Librarians Attend Guadalajara Book Fair

By LJ Staff The Spanish-speaking world’s most important and energetic book fair, Guadalajara’s Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL), just celebrated its 20th anniversary. From November 25-December 3, the Expo Guadalajara was filled with representatives from more than 1600 publishing houses and 16,700 book professionals from 39 countries. Despite political turmoil and protests in Mexico that […]