February 17, 2018

Archives for January 2007

Wilson Looks Back at Library Lit

By LJ Staff Last weekend’s ALA Midwinter Meeting brought word of several helpful and fun products, including numerous releases from H.W. Wilson, with the most exciting being a tool for librarians themselves, Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905 – 1983. The database includes the full text (plus PDFs) of hundreds of periodicals including LJ […]

ProQuest Tackles the Civil War

By LJ Staff With the CIG sale in the works, ProQuest has landed squarely on its feet and continues to crank out good products at a rapid pace. This spring brings the debut of ProQuest Civil War Era, a primary source database of newspapers and activist publications, among them 2000 pamphlets representing the perspectives of […]

Oprah Taps Poitier Memoir as Next Book Club Selection

By LJ Staff Publishing’s patron saint Oprah has anointed Sidney Poitier’s memoir The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (Harper SanFrancisco) as the next title in her all-powerful book club. It is the first Oprah Book Club title in a year, following up 2006’s selection of Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical Holocaust memoir Night, which like […]

$40K Minimum Salary? ALA-APA Passes (Nonbinding) Resolution

By LJ Staff Shouldn’t librarians earn at least $40,000? Indeed, the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) voted unanimously to endorse a nonbinding minimum salary for professional librarians of not less than $40,000 a year. Before the measure passed during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, it engendered some spirited commentary. Councilor Michael McGrorty, who […]

SUNY Librarians Seek Pay Equity

By LJ Staff Librarians in the State University of New York (SUNY) system have begun a campaign to win pay equity with classroom faculty on campuses throughout the state, unanimously passing a resolution and issuing a six-page report written by an ad hoc committee of the SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA). With the union representing librarians, […]

UM Press, Library Collaborate on New Imprint, Extended Access

By LJ Staff With its latest venture, the University of Michigan (UM) Press is exploring the cutting edge, both in terms of the content it publishes and how it publishes. Under a new collaborative program between the press, the library, and the Scholarly Publishing Office, the UM Press’s new Digital Culture imprint will both sell […]

ARL’s Webster Will Retire in 2008

By LJ Staff Duane Webster, executive director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) since 1988, announced that he will retire from his position no later than May 2008. Webster has led the association for two decades, first as interim executive director and then in 1989 as executive director. He began at ARL in 1970 as director […]

OR Library System To Close in April, May Revive

By LJ Staff The loss of federal timber subsidies has contributed to a $23 million loss to Jackson County, OR, and threatens the 15-branch Jackson County Library Services, which is scheduled to close indefinitely on April 7. The system budget is $8 million. In an op-ed in the Mail-Tribune, Danny Jordan, Jackson County administrator, pointed […]

Changes at Cincinnati’s New Main

By LJ Staff The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) is moving forward with a new management and staffing plan for the main library, aimed at improving customer service and cutting operating expenses. The Main Library for the 21st Century (ML/21) plan grew out of statistical usage trends, customer surveys, documented observations of […]

LSTA Funds Likely Frozen at FY06 Levels

By LJ Staff The Congressional change in power has meant fiscal gridlock, and most programs, including the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) likely will be frozen at Fiscal Year 2006 level, a step back for libraries. For FY07, the president recommended and the House of Representatives concurred in directing $171.5 million in grants to […]