February 16, 2018

Archives for February 2008

TN Library Association Criticizes Memphis Mayor for Hiring Nonlibrarian Leaders

By Norman Oder “Slap in the face” to the profession Mayor won’t comment Five more managers leave system In an open letter to Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, the Tennessee Library Association (TLA) called his recent dismissal of longtime Memphis Public Library and Information Center Director Judith Drescher “a slap in the face” to library staff, […]

Book News: North American Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

By Michael Rogers Prize honors work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a U.S. or Canadian author Winner will be announced this June at the Bloody Words mystery conference The International Association of Crime Writers’ North American branch has released the nominees for the annual Hammett Prize honoring “a work of […]

Contentious Crowd in Vancouver for Author Claiming U.S. “Under Israeli Occupation”

By Norman Oder 80 people hear Freedom to Read Week presentation Library defends “open debate” Critics raise question of library standards The presentation Monday night at the Vancouver Public Library (VPL), BC, by controversial author Greg Felton, called anti-Semitic by critics, drew a mixed and highly contentious crowd of some 80 supporters and opponents, but did […]

And the 2007 Winners Are…

Those who have been following this short report on award-winning science writing for the past three years may notice a bit of a change in presentation. This year the awards are listed in order of the monetary award granted, highlighting the most prestigious and noted books for general audiences first and then moving on to […]

Boston Mayor Wants More Control Over Boston PL Trust Accounts

By Norman Oder Clash with departing library head $54 million total Is this political interference? The clash between Bernard Margolis, president of the Boston Public Library, and Mayor Thomas Menino, who engineered Margolis’s departure as of June 2008, has been ratcheted up; as the mayor now wants greater control of BPL’s 180 trust accounts, valued […]

Book News: Author, Political Watchdog William F. Buckley Jr.Dies

Passed away at Connecticut home at 82 Authored 45 books, edited five more Hosted TV’s Firing Line and launched National Review The New York Times reports that political activist and prolific author William F. Buckley Jr. died at his Stamford, CT, home early this morning. No immediate cause of death was reported. He was 82. […]

Go, Rodney! Librarian Honored at Black History Celebration

While warming my guts with a cup of Irish Breakfast and flipping through Newsday’s Long Island edition this AM, I came coming across an inspiring and heart-warming story on the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library’s Rodney Marve, who was honored at the Town of Islip’s Black History Celebration. Rodney has been at the library for 39 […]

Dartmouth PL Online Voter Guide a Real Standout

To help educate voters in the lead-up to Massachusettes’ local and November’s national elections, Dartmouth P.L. has created a guide accessible from its home page that hotlinks to everything from candidate video interviews and candidate–written newspaper editorials to key ballot questions and relevant library holdings.  Fellow LJer Norman Oder brought it to my attention, and even though the library is […]

IMLS Offers State Library Report

The State Library Agency Report for FY06 offers a wealth of information on topics such as libraries’ Internet access, services, collections, staff, and revenue. It covers state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The 159-page document is only available online (harvester.census.gov/imls/pubs/stla/index.asp) from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services […]

Hats Off to You, Maud Malone (1873–1951)

LJ reader Mary Ann Trail (associate professor, Richard Stockton Coll. Lib., Pomona, NJ) recently brought to our attention an important anniversary: 100 years ago this month, New York librarian (NYPL)/activist Maud Malone led the first suffragette parade down Broadway. “She got out there with her sandwich boards and open-air meetings before anyone else did,” said Trail of Maud, […]