February 16, 2018

Archives for April 2008

Collection Development Article on U.S. Citizenship Now Online

John C. Sandstrom, Manager of Collection Development & Acquisitions, El Paso P.L., TX, works with his library’s literacy center and several local agencies "to help new immigrants wend their way through the maze of government regulations regarding U.S. citizenship," he says. For LJ‘s latest collection development article, he handpicks top-shelf naturalization-related acquisitions as well as notes recent and forthcoming […]

InfoTech: OCLC Offering Long-Term Digital Archive Storage

By Josh Hadro Provides offsite managed storage of digital archive “master files” and the services necessary to keep libraries’ data safe in original state. Program is fully managed and remotely hosted backup for original digital content. Files can be uploaded directly into the storage servers via Connexion. Digital archives may solve the problem of scarcity […]

Book News: Pen Names 2008 Award Winners

By Michael Rogers The Pen American Center April 24 named the 2008 winners of its prestigious annual literary awards. They are The PEN/Nabokov Award: Cynthia Ozick for her body of work The PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers: Dalia Sofer, The September of Shiraz (Echo) The PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography: Janet Malcolm, Two Lives: […]

ALA Summer Annual Conference Debuting Gaming Pavilion

By Michael Rogers Pavilion will feature “electronic game publishers and platform companies, publishers of board games and card games, gaming table and furniture suppliers, and others.” Launch of ALA’s “full-scale initiative to promote gaming in libraries.” As with graphic novels, public libraries have been one of the greatest champions of putting gaming materials into the […]

Book News: Guillermo del Toro Directing The Hobbit

Del Toro will direct both The Hobbit and sequel Working with Peter Jackson in New Zealand over four years Films to be released in 2011 and 2012 At last week’s New York Comic-Con, Guillermo del Toro told fans he’d know this week whether he would be directing the feature film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The […]

University of Maryland’s Lowry Named ARL Executive Director

By Andrew Albanese Goals include new strategic plan, search for successor Current head Webster has 20-year tenure Lowry has broad ARL experience The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors has appointed Charles B. Lowry as the next executive director of the association, effective July 1. Since 1996, Lowry has been the dean of […]

Pelzer, Dave. Moving Forward: Taking the Lead in Your Life.

Center Street. Jun. 2008. c.192p. ISBN 978-1-59995-065-5. $22.99. PSYCH While many self-help gurus claim to have influenced millions of people’s lives, Pelzer actually has. A Child Called “It,” his best-selling memoir about surviving a horrifically abusive upbringing, has practically become a textbook in high schools across the country. Here, he also strives to help readers […]

ProQuest Debuts Safari Select

By Michael Rogers Online collection of more than 400 technical ebooks Developed with Safari Books Online Includes: For Dummies, David Pogue’s Missing Manuals, Visual QuickStart Guides, more ProQuest is now marketing Safari Select, an exclusive online collection of more than 400 technical ebooks from many prestigious publishers. “It can be challenging for public libraries to […]

At LAPL, Proposed $1 Fee for Holds Is Dead

By Norman Oder Fee was discontinued in 1994 More than 900 emails in protest Library director “overwhelmed” by citizen concern [Updated April 25] The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) proposed reinstating a $1 charge to reserve or place a hold on books, but citizen resistance has killed the plan. While the Library Commission on March 20 […]

East Baton Rouge Director Leaves for Nova Southeastern Job

By Norman Oder New job includes joint use academic-public library Debate in Baton Rouge over new main library Growing system post-Katrina Lydia Acosta, director of the largest library system in Louisiana, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, will return to a previous career track in academia by taking a job as VP of information services […]