February 16, 2018

Archives for March 2007

Sacramento PL’s Net Policy Plays it Safe

By LJ Staff The Sacramento PL‘s board March 22 nixed an attempt by some of its nine members – all city council members or county supervisors – to fully ban the viewing of pornography on its PCs, ending what no doubt was a heated debate. The library said it will continue to make its facilities […]

Mueller Begs Congress To Retain FBI’s Patriot Act Powers

By LJ Staff After disclosure that the FBI had abused investigative power given under the USA Patriot Act, FBI Director Robert Mueller went before Congress this week in attempt to convince lawmakers that the FBI should retain the authority to gather telephone, email, and financial records without court approval. Lawmakers, however, seemed less than receptive […]

Providence Public Library Submits Contract Bid

By LJ Staff Providence Mayor David Cicilline isn’t happy with Providence Public Library’s (PPL) announcement of a $5 million, one-year proposal to the city for managing the neighborhood library system or PPL’s plan for a new library services liaison group. The bid was publicly announced in response to a plan developed by the Municipal Library […]

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a selection from the Orange Prize Longlist

By LJ Staff Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai The Observations by Jane Harris Alligator by Lisa Moore Visit the Orange Prize Longlist website.Neal Wyatt is a collection management librarian at the Chesterfield County Public Library, VA See all Wyatt’s […]

Oregon Library System on Course for April 7 Closure

By LJ Staff Jackson County Library Services, OR, a 15-library system, is set to close April 7, after the U.S. Congress failed to renew the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Act, which would have reinstated timber subsidies and provided more than 70 percent of the system’s budget. To help shore up that $7 million deficit […]

Top Comics Writer Arnold Drake Dies

By LJ Staff Arnold Drake, a legendary comics writer who penned stories for DC, Marvel, and Gold Key Comics, died March 12 of pneumonia and related complications. He was 83. During his long and distinguished career, Drake created such popular characters as Deadman, the Doom Patrol including Beast Boy, and Stanley and his Monster. A […]

MIT Automotive Engineering Faculty Say No to DRM

By LJ Staff Automotive engineering faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have agreed to cancel access to the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) database of journals over Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues. According to a post on MIT’s library news blog, paid users at MIT would be required to download Adobe’s "FileOpen" […]

Francine Prose Named PEN American Center President

By LJ Staff The 3400-member PEN American Center has elected Francine Prose its new president, succeeding Ron Chernow. Prose previously has serve d as a PEN trustee and VP, and also co-founded the Core Freedoms Campaign for the group of writers, editors, and translators. "I’m thrilled and honored to assume the presidency of PEN," said […]

Tamar Yellin Wins Inaugural Rohr Jewish Lit Prize

By LJ Staff Tamar Yellin was named the winner of the first Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature by the Jewish Book Council, snagging the $100,000 purse for her novel The Genizah at the House of Shepher (Toby Pr.). Runners up, Israeli author Amir Gutfreund, Our Holocaust (Toby Pr., tr. by Jessica Cohen), and San […]

Seattle Critic: I Was Wrong in Praising New Central Library

By LJ Staff "I’m becoming less enthusiastic about Seattle’s crystal palace on each successive visit," asserts Lawrence Cheek, an architecture critic who contributes to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, regarding the much-lauded Rem Koolhaas-designed Central Library of the Seattle Public Library (SPL). "It’s time for a reconsideration – something like what architects call a post-occupancy evaluation, which […]