April 21, 2018

Archives for March 2008

Flickr Slideshow Technology Test

By LJ Staff Proof of concept: Slideshow for Flickr tag “LibraryJournal”

PLA Conference Draws Nearly 10,000 to Minneapolis

By Norman Oder Crowd smaller than Boston, larger than Seattle Virtual conference draws 175 The importance of “price” An enthusiastic and engaged crowd of 9,635 people attended the 2008 Public Library Association National Conference this past weekend in Minneapolis, and another 175 attended the first-ever virtual conference accompanying it. The total, which included 6,772 individuals and […]

EPA Will Reopen Five Libraries; Is Plan Sufficient?

By Norman Oder Seven of ten regional libraries now open; final three to reopen Goal is September 30 Employee group says plan insufficient  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week said it will re-establish five closed libraries: on-site libraries in Region 5 in Chicago, Region 6 in Dallas, Region 7 in Kansas City, and […]

Moving & Shaking Their Way to the Altar

Today, E•vanced Solutions cofounder Robert Cullin and library consultant Kimberly Bolan, both Movers & Shakers Award winners (2007 and 2004, respectively), solidify their LJ bond through marriage. Hoorah, Rob and Kim!

A Typical Sight on the PLA Floor

Between sessions, an iPod-listening Annie M. Wrigg, director of the Pelican Rapids Public Library, MN, checks her PDA for what’s next on the agenda.

Book News: Library of Congress Names Louis L’Amour First Champion of the Book

By Michael Rogers Award presented March 18 to author’s family L’Amour’s 120 titles still in print The Library of Congress’s Center for the Book has named Louis L’Amour its first Champion of the Book. At a March 18 ceremony, Librarian of Congress James Billington presented the award to the author’s wife, Kathy, and their son […]

ALA Report: Smaller Libraries Play Bigger Role in Foreign-language Services

Smaller libraries provide most foreign-language services Literacy main barrier for non-native speakers Spanish-language services to remain top priority nationwide If you live in a community of fewer than 100,000, your library is likely among the principal providers of foreign-language services to residents. The finding contradicts the conventional wisdom, equating urban librarianship with foreign-language services and programs, and […]

Book News: University of Toronto Press Buying Broadview Press Soc Sci Operation

By Michael Rogers Deal to be completed by May 1 Price reported to be $1 million to $1.2 million Soc sci generated 34 percent of Broadview’s ’07 profits The University of Toronto Press is buying the social sciences publishing unit of Calgary-based textbook publiher Broadview Press Inc. The Canadian press reports that the binding letter […]

Denver Public’s Beth ElderNamed Salt Lake City LibraryDirector

By Norman Oder One of three finalists Library won national honor in 2006 Extensive background in Denver Beth Elder, a veteran manager at the Denver Public Library, has been chosen to direct the Salt Lake City Public Library. She succeeds Nancy Tessman, who retired in June after leading the library to its selection as the 2006 Gale/Library […]

For Sale? Bookseller Borders Hires Finance Firms To Review Options

By Andrew Albanese Private equity firm involved Sales are down Barnes & Noble may be interested Bookselling chain Borders announced last week that that it has hired J.P. Morgan Securities and Merrill Lynch to help launch a “review” of its strategic alternatives-which could include the sale of the company or some of its divisions. In […]