March 23, 2018

Archives for 2008

Philadelphia Judge Stops Mayor’s Plan To Close 11 Libraries

By Norman Oder Citizens, union, Council Members sued Judge says Council approval needed Mayor had said at least five branches would become “knowledge centers” In response to two lawsuits—filed by three City Council Members, seven library patrons, and the library staff union—Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Idee Fox today put the brakes on Mayor Michael Nutter’s […]

Baker & Taylor Layoffs Target Retail, Not Libraries

By Susanne Ault 60 of 3000 staffers laid off Restructuring emphasizes library outreach International expansion also on tap Distributor Baker & Taylor has laid off 60 of 3000 staffers in a restructuring aimed to emphasize its library and education outreach and to reduce resources directed to home entertainment retailers. Company chairman/CEO Thomas Morgan said that, […]

Q&A: Dr. Joe Schwarcz

By Rachel M. Minkin In his recent An Apple a Day, chemist Joel Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, separates the wheat from the whack nutritional theories being disseminated by the media. As Americans try to lose those holiday pounds, they would benefit from eschewing the celebrity diet books of the moment […]

Hundreds Attend Reopening of Main Library in Josephine County, OR

By Norman Oder Library system closed since May 2007 Volunteers raise $370,000 via nonprofit organization County grant coming, but more money needed for full service Some 500 people attended the reopening December 20 of the main library in Josephine County, OR, one of four that closed in May 2007 after the loss of federal timber […]

ALA: Attendance on Track for Healthy Midwinter Meeting

By Norman Oder Berry’s preview raised questions Attendance ahead of last year’s pace In his December 15 preview article about the upcoming American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Jan. 23-28 in Denver, LJ editor-at-large John N. Berry III raised questions about attendance in a tough economy, noting that, “The exhibits, a few fine speakers, some important information, and […]

Book News: Berkley CancelsFake Holocaust Memoir

By Michael Rogers Publisher demands advance be returned; film still will be made Author appeared on Oprah Story reprinted in numerous magazines and books Author literally dreamed story Lerner pulls children’s version Berkley Books has cancelled the February 2009 release of Herman Rosenblat’s Angel at the Fence after the author admitted December 27 that the […]

Marketing Terms

Funny how words, intended to enable communication, often become the greatest obstacle to that very communication.Weeding, pathfinders,  readers advisory —  I had never heard any of these very common library terms prior to coming to work at the library four yearsago. Just as many library people struggle to understand the nuances between advertising, public relations, publicity, marketing.   I uncovered this […]

New Orleans Public Library: Dismay, Debate Over Organizational Changes

By Norman Oder Critics say board concentrated power Chair and COO took study trip without telling director Mayfield says library needed shaking up LJ’s October 2 coverage of the resignation of New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) director Donna Schremser, along with the departure of three top administrators plus the foundation director, was only the tip […]

Google Deal Debate: Strengthened Partnerships or Diminished Access?

Wilkin: collaborative potential with a role for libraries Johnson: Google deal could mean diminished access The Google settlement continues to spark debate. The latest responses come in a sneak preview of LJ‘s January issue, where HathiTrust’s John Wilkin and scholarly communications consultant Richard K. Johnson (formerly head of SPARC) reflect on their concerns. In “HathiTrust […]

BackTalk: Free (or Fee) to All?

In 2004, when five libraries inked the first book-scanning agreements with Google, it seemed like the company was offering a public service. Google’s plan to digitize the great libraries of the world conjured images of a vast, freely accessible Internet public library, bringing together corporate capital and vast library collections, with the potential to carry […]