April 21, 2018

Archives for July 2007

VA Counties Target Illegal Immigrants; Libraries May Be Put in a Bind

By Jennifer Pinkowski Librarians in two northern Virginia counties may soon be put in the awkward position of having to check immigration status along with library cards. In mid-July, Prince William and Loudoun counties, just outside of Washington, DC, passed a resolution banning illegal immigrants from a host of public services, including schools, parks, hospitals, […]

Summer Reading Suggestions: Romance Back List Sure Bets

By LJ Staff Sunshine and Shadow by Sharon and Tom Curtis (Bantam) The Bride by Julie Garwood (Atria) Sarah’s Child by Linda Howard (HQN) Corbin’s Fancy by Linda Lael Miller (Pocket) The Winning Hand by Nora Roberts (Silhouette) Neal Wyatt is a collection management librarian at the Chesterfield County Public Library, VA

LJ Talks to John Elder Robison

By LJ Staff We think of Asperger’s syndrome (considered a milder form of autism) as a disability that prevents someone from leading a full life. But can it be a disability if you don’t know you have it? John Elder Robison, older brother of Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors), was self-diagnosed with Asperger’s in his […]

Is Self Check Alienating?

Seattlest has a piece called Does Self-Checkout Make Libraries Less Friendly? in which the author gets all warm and fuzzy about his old library where he knew all the staff and they would chat when he was checking out books. The author, ID’d as James, says that since moving, he barely knows anyone at his local […]

Book News: HarperCollins & Little Brown Fighting Over Keith Richards Memoir

By Michael Rogers The phrase “sex, drugs, and rock‘n’roll” was invented for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, whose proposed memoir has started a bidding war between HarperCollins and Little, Brown, which have jacked the advance to $7.3 million, the New York Post reports. Writer James Fox, a 30-year friend, has come aboard to help Richards […]

Michigan Supreme Court Says Library Can’t Be Forced To Allow Borrowing

By Norman Oder In an opinion issued July 26 that left the Michigan library community relieved about the maintenance of local control, a sharply divided Michigan Supreme Court voted 4-3 to refuse to require the Bloomfield Township Public Library to let a non-resident buy a library card to check out library materials. For 40 years, from 1964 […]

InfoTech: EBSCO Acquires Ten Sage Indexes

By Michael Rogers Good news for EBSCOhost users: LJ has learned exclusively that EBSCO has purchased ten of Sage Publishers’ top indexes. “The deal will bring the leading abstract journals in their fields to users electronically through EBSCOhost platform,” the company said. The titles are: ·        Abstracts in Social Gerontology™ ·        Educational Administration Abstracts™ ·        […]

Stressed Out at Work? You're Not Alone

If you’re finding your job stressful, and who doesn’t, then you’re far from alone. The Contra Consta Times has this piece in which librarian Julie Winkelstein recounts an Infopeople workshop she attended on librarian stress. She provides a useful summation of the workshop’s four sections, which can apply to your own situations. Winkelstein said she […]

Union Strikes, Shuts Down Vancouver, BC Library

By Lynn Blumenstein For the first time in the 77-year history of Vancouver Public Library (VPL), BC, the entire 22-branch system has been shut down by a strike. It began yesterday; more than 470 out of 771 union members picketed in front of the central library. Earlier this month, 97 percent of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public […]

Court Battle Between Recorded Books and NetLibrary Heats Up

By Jennifer Pinkowski On July 17, Library Journal reported that the three-year-old e-audiobook distribution deal between Recorded Books and NetLibrary had gone sour and that the two were suing each other for breach of contract, violation of copyright, unfair competition, and defamation, among other charges. That article has now become part of the lawsuit, which […]