February 17, 2018

Archives for May 2008

InfoTech: EBSCO Extends Shibboleth Authentication Service into Germany

By Michael Rogers Vendor worked with German Research Network Standards-based open source software provides SingleSignOn (SSO) for the web EBSCO began supporting Shibboleth in 2004 EBSCO Publishing is now offering its Shibboleth authentication service to customers in Germany. EBSCO said it worked with the German Research Network (DFN) “to enable universities to access EBSCOhost research […]

Book News: Random Buys Watson-Guptill

By Michael Rogers Will be a stand-alone imprint in Crown division under Jenny Frost Macmillan will continue to handle sales and distribution Random House May 13 announced its acquisition of Watson-Guptill Publications from Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Random said that Watson-Guptill will become a stand-alone imprint within its Crown Publishing unit under Jenny Frost as […]

Hartford Public Library Under Fire for Condoning “Bad Behavior”

By Norman Oder Concerns about drinking and sexual activity Staffers say they feel unsafe New steps to achieve “comfortable environment”  The central library of the Hartford Public Library (HPL), CT, according to a long May 18 article in the Hartford Courant, is “A Study In Bad Behavior.” The newspaper, drawing on the accounts of union leaders and […]

InfoTech: Lamar Jackson Named Bibliotheca Inc. USA CEO

By Michael Rogers Beverly Church joins LibLime as project manager ProQuest promotes John Law to the new position of VP of Discovery Services RFID house Bibliotheca has named industry veteran Lamar Jackson its new president and CEO. The company said that Jackson has more than 25 years’ experience in technology sales, marketing, and customer relations, […]

Book News: PEN American Center Selects Beyond Margins Award Winners

By Michael Rogers Celebrates outstanding books by writers of color Winners to be honored at October celebration Francine Prose, president of PEN American Center (www.pen.org), and Elissa Schappell, its Literary Awards Committee chair, May 15 announced the recipients of the 2008 PEN Beyond Margins Award, which celebrates “outstanding books by writers of color published in […]

RA Crossroads No. 5

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullAs Lewis Carroll’s Alice so aptly points out, “What is the use of a book…without pictures or conversations?” Welcome to RA Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection reader’s advisory service goes where it may. In this column, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom […]

Indy says: “Get Out of the Library!”

Caught a preview of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull last night compliments of the good people at DK (1000 thanks, guys). Fun film, albeit very strange and a way different flavor than the originals. I’ll keep it spoiler free so as not to ruin it for you. Mine was one of […]

IDPF Urges Adoption of .epub Standard at Forum

By Josh Hadro Conference draws large numbers Potash hopes .epub will spark “explosion of adoption from all corners and all markets.” To the publishers and vendors attending the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) conference in New York on May 14, ebooks are already a given: the innovators and earliest adopters have ceded their ground to […]

Checked Out at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH

Looking for books that go beyond the best sellers? The gems that everyone should be reading? The gems that people are reading in libraries across the country? Then check out Checked Out, an online-only feature, for patron-approved picks. This month, Robin Nesbitt shares what’s moving at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH. Carter, Betsy. Swim to Me. Algonquin. […]

Memphis City Council Stops Library Closings Plan

By Norman Oder Four of five libraries targeted should remain Council says mayor didn’t consult them Mayor’s plan for regional libraries rejected Citing the importance of keeping neighborhood libraries open, the Memphis City Council has rebuffed Mayor Willie Herenton’s plan to close five library branches and build two larger regional branches. Council members, according to […]