April 23, 2018

Archives for September 2007

Boston Library Consortium Partners with OCA on Digitization Project

By Andrew Albanese The Boston Library Consortium, Inc. (BLC) has announced a major partnership with the Open Content Alliance (OCA) to “build a freely accessible library of digital materials from all 19 member institutions.” With the move, the BLC becomes the first large-scale consortium to embark on such a self-funded digitization project with the OCA. […]

Book News: Brenda Shaughnessy Wins Laughlin Award for Second Poetry Book

By Michael Rogers The Academy of American Poets has awarded Brenda Shaughnessy the 2007 James Laughlin Award for her second volume of poetry, Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon). The $5000 prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding second book by an American poet published in the previous year. Shaughnessy was chosen by judges […]

Book News: Saroyan International Writing Prize Seeks Nominations

By Michael Rogers Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation  is soliciting nominations for the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, which “recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $12,500 winner in each category.” Organizers said the prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor […]

InfoTech: EBSCO Marketing Nursing Reference Center

By Michael Rogers EBSCO has released Nursing Reference Center (NRC), a “point-of-care” tool for the nursing industry. The vendor said that NRC includes Evidence-based Care Sheets from CINAHL, a leading nursing education database. EBSCO said that CINAHL’s editors have “taken the top conditions and treatments and written these care sheets using the latest medical information […]

PA Book Sale Volunteers Find Abolitionist Text and Slave Memoir

By Andrew Albanese Volunteers sorting through books for a public library book sale came across a rare find: a single, leatherbound volume containing a first edition of Lydia Maria Child’s 1833 book, An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called African, and an 1840 second edition of The Slave: Memoirs of Archy Moore. […]

ALA President Criticizes Bureau of Prisons, Just Before Policy Change Regarding Removal of Religion Books

By Norman Oder LJ recently reported that librarians were mostly out of the loop regarding the removal of religion books from prison libraries, because those federal prison libraries are supervised by chaplains. Earlier this week American Library Association President Loriene Roy, joining a wide-ranging chorus, offered some professional criticism of the Bureau of Prisons. And the bureau […]

Design Institute 2007-Going Green

By LJ Staff To visit Library Journal’s 2008 Design Institute being held in San Francisco, CA,please go to www.libraryjournal.com/diwest.   SPONSORED BY In an increasingly environmentally conscious world, many librarians have already taken steps toward energy conservation and the recycle, repurpose, reuse mantra in their building programs. No one building a new library or renovating […]

MS Library Returns Comedian’s Challenged Book to Circulation

By Michael Rogers Following the September 25 recommendations of a review committee consisting of board chair David Ables, director Michael Hamlett, and library staffers, the Jackson-George Regional Library System, MS, returned comedian Jim Norton’s volume Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) to circulation—kinda. In a nod to détente, the book, which was […]

Book News: Dalkey Archive Among NEA Lit Exchangers

By Michael Rogers The Dalkey Archive Press at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is among a trio of international literature projects selected through a national competition by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for its Literary Exchange program. Also participating in the program are the Eastern Washington University Press of Cheney, WA; and Wake […]

LJ Talks to Rachel Herz

By Mary Ann Hughes Proustian scholars, foodies, and popular psychology fiends alike would be wise to seek out Rachel Herz’s eminently readable The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell (October, Morrow). Drawing on the latest research, the visiting professor to Brown University breaks down the powerful connection between our nose and emotions—one […]