February 16, 2018

Archives for May 2007

Behind the Maricopa County Library District’s Dewey-less Plan

Well, it won’t be the first public library in the country to drop the Dewey Decimal Classification system, as the Arizona Republic suggested May 30, but the Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ, is pushing the envelope in its new Perry branch, scheduled to open next week. The branch’s 24,000-item collection will take its cue from […]

Oregon County Where System Closed Considers LSSI

By Norman Oder After a levy election May 15 failed to resurrect the closed Jackson County Library Services, Medford, OR, some in the county are entertaining the notion of outsourcing the 15-branch system to Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI). A May 26 article in the Medford Mail Tribune quoted Jim Olney, the executive director of […]

Dewey or Don't We?

The Arizona Republic has a piece on Maricopa County's new Gilbert library, which is opening next month. The reporter made the unfortunate statement that Gilbert "will be the first public library in the nation whose entire collection will be categorized without the Dewey Decimal Classification System." Now we all know that's nonsense, but in a […]

Its Pirate Time Again: Read Up Me Harties, Yo Ho!

By Neal Wyatt The Wreckers: A Story of Killing Seas, False Lights, and Plundered Shipwrecks by Bella Bathurst (Houghton) The Pirate Wars by Peter Earle (Holtzbrinck) Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign by Stephan Talty (Crown) The […]

Waco, San Antonio Voters Approve Expansion Funds

By Lynn Blumenstein Two Texas cities held elections May 12 that resulted in good news for public libraries. For the first time in 40 years, Waco voters approved a bond referendum, choosing to raise taxes to fund $63 million in community improvements, including $12 million for libraries. The funds will be used to build a […]

Three New Members of Museum and Library Services Board Confirmed

By Norman Oder The U.S. Senate on May 25 confirmed three presidential nominees to serve as members of the National Museum and Library Services Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The 24-member board includes the director and deputy directors of IMLS, the chair of the National Commission on Libraries and […]

New Platform, Products from Gale

By Michael Rogers Thomson Gale is emerging from its recent purchase by private equity investors with its immediate plans intact. Shortly after the announced acquisition, Thomson’s Jay Flynn, VP and publisher, and Nader Qaimari, senior director, paid an informative visit to LJ‘s Manhattan digs, bringing news of a new platform and some new publishing endeavors […]

Olga Grushin Wins 2007 NYPL Young Lions Book Award

By Michael Rogers Olga Grushin May 22 snagged this year’s New York Public Library (NYPL) Young Lions Fiction Award, taking the $10,000m prize for her debut novel, The Dream Life of Sukhanov (Putnam). Grushin’s story of a Russian art critic taunted by the ghosts of his past edged out four other finalists: Chris Adrian for […]

LJ Talks to Red Wassenich

By Norman Oder Austin, TX native Red Wassenich has been a librarian for 24 years, and now works as a reference librarian at Austin Community College. But he’s probably best-known for inventing the oft-borrowed phrase “Keep Austin Weird.” Now he’s authored Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town, published by Schiffer […]

Revolt in Sacramento, or Jackass 3

Before the long weekend (mine was great, how was yours?) I meant to discuss a story detailing how the Sacramento PL staff are pissed off at the administration because centralized selection is sending its collection straight to hell. It seems 600 staffers and patrons signed a petition demanding action, citing numerous copies of  garbage like yardbird Paris […]