February 17, 2018

Archives for June 2008

InfoTech: DCPL First To Offer MP3 Audio Downloads

Michael Rogers and Raya Kuzyk New York, Cleveland, King County and others to follow Downloads compatible with the iPod® and other MP3 players, most cell phones Demos at American Library Association Conference The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) yesterday became the nation’s first library to offer audiobooks as MP3 downloads, announced OverDrive, the vendor […]

InfoTech: Tutor.com Extends Ages for Live Homework Help

By Michael Rogers For beginning students, service now supports K-3 Adult learners also now targeted No personal accounts needed Online tutoring service Tutor.com June 26 announced that it has extended the age range of its Live Homework Help program. Starting August 1, Live Homework Help will support students ranging from Kindergarteners through adult learners. The […]

LJ Talks to Librarian/Author Scott Douglas

By Norman Oder When the Council on Library/Media Technicians (COLT) holds its 41st Annual Conference for library support staff today and tomorrow in Anaheim, CA, as a precursor to the American Library Association Annual Conference, the presenter of the session on “Dealing with Difficult People” is Scott La Counte of the Haskett Branch, Anaheim Public […]

NEH Offers $20,000 Grants to Libraries, Institutions Damaged by Floods

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will offer up to $1 million in disaster recovery assistance to educational and cultural institutions, including libraries, harmed by the recent and ongoing floods in Midwest states. The funding will help libraries and other institutions “recover and preserve manuscripts, historical records, art and artifacts, recordings, rare books, photographs, […]

EBSCO’s New Releases Will Take on American Studies, Multilingual Health, Hobbies & Crafts

Two new historical digital archives for 2009 will draw content from American Antiquarian Society (AAS) and American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Multilingual Health Database to be available in 17 languages Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center hits dozens of niches for leisure activities While the big news out of EBSCO these days is its new interface—set to launch […]

BookNews: Best Selling Authors Lament Annual Publishing Schedule

Grisham, Cornwell pressured to produce or lose sales Publishers insist new manuscripts needed to boost paperback release Meltzer and Lehane refuse to go onto “hamster wheel” Is publish or perish as true for best-selling authors as it is for academics? In a Seattle Times article, best-seller machines like John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell claim they […]

Westlake, Donald E. Somebody Owes Me Money.

Westlake, Donald E. Somebody Owes Me Money. Hard Case Crime. Jun. 2008. 253p. ISBN 978-0-8439-5962-8. pap. $6.99. MYS First released in 1969, this charming mystery hasn’t seen daylight in more than 35 years. Rescued from oblivion by the wonderful Hard Case Crime series, this reprint comes complete with a gorgeous noir cover. Leaning more toward […]

Brooklyn Public Library Branch Reopens with African-American Center

By Norman Oder Carnegie library built in 1907 Restored interior includes “First Five Years Space” New African American Heritage Center The Macon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library reopened last week after a two-year, $2 million renovation that has burnished this 101-year-old Carnegie building and paid homage to the African American heritage of the Bedford-Stuyvesant […]

InfoTech: Polaris Releases Fusion Digital Content Manager

By Michael Rogers Integrates digital content and the Polaris PowerPAC Users can view, read, listen to, or download materials on enriched data links Unlimited digital files can be added to a bibliographic record Polaris Library Systems June 24 debuted a digital collection management system dubbed Polaris Fusion. The vendor said the new release “integrates digital […]

ALA Conference Attendance Lags Slightly

By Norman Oder Pre-registration numbers exceed those for Orlando  ALA overall membership rises  Some dips in ACRL, LAMA membership, but PLA up Pre-conference registration figures released yesterday by the American Library Association (ALA) show that the totals (11,514) for the Annual Conference this week in Anaheim are down significantly from those at the robust confererence last […]