February 17, 2018

Archives for January 2008

InfoTech: Brodart Names Dieffenbacher Data & Collections Management Director

By Michael Rogers Will oversee Collections Management, Acquisitions, and Data Management Previously was first female president of Follett Media Brodart Books & Automation has tapped industry veteran Bonnie Dieffenbacher as director of Data & Collections Management. She “will assume oversight [of the] the Division’s Collections Management, Acquisitions, and Data Management teams,” the company said. It’s […]

Book News: 800-CEO-READ Selects Best Biz Books

By Michael Rogers Made to Stick takes top prize Awards bestowed in 13 categories 800-CEO-READ, an online business book-selling site, has selected the best business books of 2007, with Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (Random) taking the top honor as the year’s overall best […]

InfoTech: ProQuest Releasing CSA Illustrata: Technology, Critical Mention

By Michael Rogers New module covers aerospace, engineering, high tech, and materials science Vendor also adds broadcast news access through Critical Mention Free search widgets available for library and university web sites ALA Midwinter brought numerous product announcements from tech vendors, which should be welcomed by librarians. Everyone loves content, and ProQuest announced that it […]

ALA’s Graduated Dues Study Hits a Snag

By Norman Horrocks & Norman Oder $625,000 price tag for full study ALA will instead do member survey Some Councilors disappointed There may be a need for a graduated dues structure within the American Library Association (ALA), but ALA leaders are not ready to shell out big money to get it, instead approving one step […]

Gale Moving Directories Online

By Michael Rogers Librarians want materials electronically – with ownership and browsability of print LJ had the opportunity to visit with Gale last summer (see InfoTech, LJ 6/15/07, p. 25) and was treated to early intel on updates and a new platform. A return visit in mid-December provided fresh opportunities to view the company’s product […]

Library Leaders Named to Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access

By Norman Oder Two-year project Report due in 2009 Lynch, Courant among members Several library leaders, scholars, and technologists have been named to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, announced last September and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The task force will […]

Barbie Meets Mr. Darcy, Via Topeka

By LJ Staff So maybe Barbie makes a good book reviewer? A couple of Barbies appear in an offbeat 90-second book review of Shannon Hale’s Austenland (Bloomsbury; LJ 4/15/07) about a Jane Austen fantasy camp. The video, and a couple of dozen others, were created by Lissa Staley, Daniel Fogt, and Carrie Cummings for the […]

Got Coupon? How Public Libraries Can Help with the Transition to Digital TV

By Norman Oder Analog TV ends February 2009 $40 coupons for converter boxes Libraries can direct patrons to coupons Residents of the United States have all of 13 months to adjust to a sea change in television broadcasting, and libraries may have a key role to play. Analog broadcast television will become history on February […]

Online Databases: Ebooks Arrive

By Carol Tenopir The programs at two recent conferences (the Charleston Conference and London Online) confirm that ebooks have established themselves in libraries. While the trade and consumer book markets still struggle to find an affordable and compelling ebook reader, library users have embraced the ebooks connected to the library e-collection and accessible via the […]

Special Delivery, Long Incubation

This month’s collection development article on pregnancy is long overdue for LJ—perish the thought, but we could have grown an entire teenager in the time since we last published a collection development article in this area (on childcare and parenting, in 1992). To address the oversight, we turned to Elizabeth Eastwood, doubly qualified as a librarian with13 years of […]