February 16, 2018

Archives for May 2008

When a Fire Hit, a Rural OC Library Was There To Help

Library staffers relayed information at “tent city” Community suffered from media blackout In aftermath, library was key community center Wildfires last October in California hit San Diego County hard, with nearby Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange counties also suffering some serious damage. Orange County is mostly urban and suburban, but the eastern segment has some […]

Book News: Random CEO Peter Olson Quits; Markus Dohle Named Successor

Steps down after ten years to pursue academics Oversaw integration of Bantam Random House announced that Peter Olson, its ten-year chair and CEO, is leaving his office to pursue a life in academia. Markus Dohle immediately was named his successor. Random said that during Olson’s tenure, the publisher “enhanced its position as the global trade-book […]

Moskow, Keith. Sustainable Facilities: Green Design, Construction, and Operations.

Moskow, Keith. Sustainable Facilities: Green Design, Construction, and Operations. McGraw-Hill. 2008. c.224p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 978-0-07-149474-8. $69.95.ARCHITECTURE Environmental groups are among the first to build administrative and educational facilities following sustainable design principles, but they often lack the resources to publicize their efforts to a wide audience. As remedy, award-winning architect and sustainable design […]

LAMA and IIDA Announce Winners of Library Interior Design Competition

By Norman Oder Nine winners and two honorable mentions selected Winners honored July 1 at ALA Annual Conference First competition in 2006 The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) have announced the winners of the 2008 Library Interior Design Competition. The biennial awards honor excellence in library interior […]

Book News: Charlie Savage Wins NYPL Bernstein Journalism Award

By Michael Rogers Snags $15K prize for Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy Book probes “Bush-Cheney administration’s systematic effort to expand presidential power” Charlie Savage snagged the 2008 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism May 21 for his volume Takeover: The Return of […]

InfoTech: Deep Indexing Exposes Graphical Content, and Librarians Want More

Tenopir supplies background Academics say users want universal access from existing databases ProQuest predicts exponential growth of content exposed by deep indexing. Close to 200 attendees participated in LJ’s May 20 webcast Deep Indexing: A New Approach to Searching Scholarly Literature, which was sponsored by ProQuest. Carol Tenopir, LJ’s Online Databases columnist, launched the panel […]

LJ Talks to Chip Ward

When, after 29 years in libraries, Chip Ward retired last year as the assistant director of the Salt Lake City Public Library, he wrote a passionate and pointed essay about how public libraries have turned into “de facto daytime shelters for the nation’s street people; while librarians are increasingly our unofficial social workers for the […]

Microsoft Abandons Live Search Books/Academic Scan Plan

Microsoft last week announced that it will pull the plug on its book and scholarly article scan plans, Live Search Books and Live Search Academic, and that both sites will be taken down. “We recognize that this decision comes as disappointing news to our partners, the publishing and academic communities, and Live Search users,” reads […]

Law & Order: THE Show for Librarians

In amassing my collection of all available Law & Order DVD sets, I’ve concluded that no other show has more consistently or creatively paid tribute through the years to American libraries. That L&O exec producer René Balcer is a fan of libraries is no secret: he’s asked viewers to help him fund the construction of libraries […]

InfoTech: OCLC/Google Swapping Data

By Michael Rogers Will link Book Search to WorldCat WorldCat metadata will be accessible by Google directly from OCLC or member libraries Deal also empowers OCLC to create MARC records describing the Google digitized books OCLC and Google have cut a deal to exchange data and link Google Book Search to WorldCat.org, which, they claim, […]