March 17, 2018

Archives for July 2008

InfoTech: LibLime Acquiring CARE Affiliates, Grant Returning to Ex Libris

By Michael Rogers Sales includes select products, related services, domain names and associated service contracts Carl Grant becoming president of Ex Libris, North America Final closing is scheduled for this August Open source solutions outfit LibLime July 29 announced the acquisition of CARE Affiliates. The sale, said LibLime, includes “select products, related services and domain […]

InfoTech: Queens Library Installs VTLS System in Six Months

By Michael Rogers System installed between January and July implementation required custom software and integration with many third-party systems The Queens Library, NY, the nation’s reigning circulation champions, is the proud owners of a new VTLS system, which the vendor said was installed in record time. “Normally an implementation for a library this size takes […]

Is the NIH Mandate Working? PubMed Central Submissions More Than Double

By Andrew Albanese Congress passed policy in 2007 Voluntary compliance was four percent Now compliance rate nears 60 percent Since passage of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) mandatory public access policy in late December of 2007, the number of submissions to the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) PubMed Central (PMC) repository, where grantees are […]

RA Crossroads No. 6

Breaking Dawn, Book 4 in the “Twilight” Series As 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, Breaking Dawn, Book 4 in the hit […]

Sacramento Library Board Leans Toward Rejecting Grand Jury Report

By Lynn Blumenstein & Norman Oder Board says it didn’t get all the evidence Fate of director Gold remains unresolved Library says value of fines, lost materials is $4.6M Just two weeks before the board of the Sacramento Public Library (SPL) must formally respond to a grand jury’s report slamming the library, the board seems prepared […]

Book News: Macmillan & Tor Books Create SF/Fantasy Uber Site

By Michael Rogers “First and only online destination for the global science fiction and fantasy community” Site features names in fiction and art, blogs, and networking Makes official debut at San Diego Comic Con Publisher Macmillan and imprint Tor Books July 23 announced the joint launch of, which they claim is “the first and […]

Appeals Court Says Child Online Protection Act is Unconstitutional

By Norman Oder Credit card verification for “harmful to minors” material deemed overbroad Filters, says ACLU, are a better solution ALA sibling FTRF joined in amicus brief The Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which would have required web sites with “harmful to minors” material to require age verification via credit card, has been struck down […]

Book News: ECPA Names The Word of Promise Book of the Year

By Michael Rogers 20-CD audiobook takes top honors Winner determined by quality and sales impact MP3 version coming in September The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) named The Word of Promise™: New Testament Audio Bible, released by Thomas Nelson, Inc., the Christian Book of the Year at its recent 2008 Christian Book Awards. The winner […]

InfoTech: LexisNexis Enters PL Market with Library Express

By Josh Hadro Contains content from 600 newspapers and news shows transcripts Also sports business materials Widespread release of Statistical DataSets Jumping into the public and school library markets, at ALA LexisNexis (LN) debuted Library Express, a scaled-down version of LN Academic that LN’s Tim Fusco describes as “comparable” on the news and business (but […]

On a Mission To Connect the Disconnected

When Queens Library’s Kathy Degyansky heard that New York City had a high school drop-out rate somewhere between 30 and 40 percent (depending on whose statistic she looked at), she couldn’t ignore the problem those numbers represented, and she started thinking about how libraries could help these young adults find their way in the world. She […]