February 16, 2018

Archives for August 2008

Darien Library’s Open Source SOPAC 2.0 Emphasizes Patron Content

By Josh Hadro New “social OPAC” interface features user-added ratings, comments, and review “Insurge” software enables open repository of community data contributed by multiple libraries Software to be released as open source; data under open license On September 1, the Darien Library, CT, will debut SOPAC 2.0, a new open source social catalog interface, as part […]

Ithaka Survey Reports Rising Faculty 'Ambivalence'; Toward Campus Libraries

By Andrew Albanese Report compares library expectations and habits of librarians and faculty Data suggests faculty and librarians perceptions differ What about role as learning center? In a report measuring faculty the perceptions of libraries and their value on campus, there is a “growing ambivalence about the campus library” in the digital age, according to […]

Library Worker’s Thinly Veiled Book Causes Stir

Library worker warns of “crazy, bums, perverts,” etc. Director says “Denialville” characters too familiar No appeal filed Was a “librarian” fired for writing a fictionalized account of her work experiences? With conservative web site worldnetdaily.com and others charging Mason County District Library (MCDL) with hypocrisy, Director Bob Dickson offered LJ a different account. “Ann Miketa” […]

After Review, U. of Illinois Library Makes Public Collection Linked to Obama

A week after conservative writer Stanley Kurtz claimed that University of Illinois (UI) Chicago officials blocked access to a library collection that might detail the relationship between Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and 1960s radical and professor William Ayers, UI officials said they would provide public access. The collection concerns the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a […]

Michigan Library Consortium and INCOLSA To Consolidate

Citing “economies of scale” that will improve service and reduce costs, the Michigan Library Consortium (MLC) and Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) announced that they will combine their e-resources group licensing services. Beginning in October 2008, INCOLSA members will gain access to the e-resources collection of MLC, including several hundred databases and e-books from […]

74th IFLA Conference Held in Quebec City

The 74th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) General Conference and Council was held in Quebec City, August 10-14, 2008, with nearly 4000 delegates from over 120 countries, including some 300 delegates from the United States. “As librarians we cannot change the world, but we can be […]

McGill University To Scan and Make Library Materials Available Online

McGill University, Montreal, librarians used the occasion of hosting the 74th IFLA General Conference and Council in Quebec City earlier this month to announce that the library is entering “a new era in digitization.” Janine Schmidt, director of libraries at McGill university, said the library has purchased a scanner and would begin plans to digitize […]

InfoTech: Ebrary Adds 14 New Publishing Partners

By Michael Rogers Total participants now over 300 New partners bring total offerings to170,000 titles E-content services and technology provider ebrary August 25 announced that it has brought an additional 14 publishers into its partner program, bringing the total to more than 300 scholarly, STM, trade, and reference publishers, who together offer more than 170,000 […]

Critic of Gwinnett Library Joins Board

By Norman Oder Board member who supported former director leaves after arrest GCPLwatch web site goes offline Goal is to “stay the course” The president of the national group Family Friendly Libraries and a sometime critic of the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL), Lawrenceville, GA, has been named to the GCPL board. Denise Varenhorst in early […]

Amazon To Acquire Shelfari, May Compete with LibraryThing

Amazon to acquire social cataloging site Shelfari Previous acquisition plans for AbeBooks will give Amazon minority stake in LibraryThing New strategies for the future of social cataloging sites discussed Earlier this month Amazon announced that it would purchase AbeBooks, the used and rare book seller, and in doing so would acquire that company’s 40% minority stake […]