February 16, 2018

Archives for September 2008

Harvard's Stuart Shieber To Kick Off Columbia University Libraries Speaker Series

By Andrew Albanese The Scholarly Communication Program of Columbia University Libraries and Information Services this week announced that Stuart Shieber, architect of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Open Access Resolution, will kick off a six-event speaker series on issues in scholarly communication, on October 8, 2008. The talk will be held on Columbia’s Morningside […]

In a Stunning Defeat, Oxford City Council Rejects Library Repository

By Andrew Albanese $59 million book depository nixed Locals concerned about flooding and views Oxford must find new facilities for 8 million books After a public inquiry, the Oxford City Council has affirmed its decision to reject Oxford University’s plans to build a massive £29 million ($59 million) library depository at Osney Mead, to house […]

Senate Passes Orphan Works Bill; ‘PRO IP’; Bill Headed to President’s Desk

Senate passes orphan works by unanimous consent House passage in question In separate action, draconian enforcement bill set to become law As Congress headed into overtime last weekend to consider a bill meant to address the troubled financial markets, two major copyright bills passed in the Senate, including one that addresses orphan works, a measure […]

2009 Public Library Budget Survey

By LJ Staff 2009 Public Library Budget Survey The link below will open a pdf containing additional budget data from the 2009 LJ Budget Survey. Click here to view select 2009 budget results. Thank you to all who responded to the survey.

InfoTech: Google Allows Book Embedding

By Josh Hadro Embedded book previews will immediately begin appearing on book retailer and publisher sites as well as in library catalogs Google and its partners hope to make the contents of GBS significantly more attractive to bloggers and librarians On September 22, Google made it possible to embed a preview of Book Search texts […]

Tagging Added to WorldCat.org

By Josh Hadro Logged-in users can add an unlimited number of their own tags to any item retrievable by the WorldCat.org search engine New tags will not interfere with official library cataloging of an item The OCLC WorldCat.org team has certainly been busy: in addition to working with Google to display embedded book content right […]

Shuttered EPA Libraries Reopen After Two-Year Battle, but Concerns Remain

By Andrew Albanese Five regional libraries reopen today Libraries will be staffed by professional librarian PEER says damage from closures has been done  Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Five regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) libraries reopen today, two years after EPA officials began prematurely closing agency libraries in response to a proposed 80 […]

Trenton Public Library, NJ, May Close Its Four Branches, Lose Half of Its Staff

By Lynn Blumenstein City budget cuts, increased costs threaten library Library has been dipping into surplus fund Public and political outcry growing over decision Trenton Public Library (TPL), NJ, will close its four branches and lose about half of its 57 FTE employees by November 1 unless it can raise $946,000. The cash-strapped city of […]

ALA Planning for Tough Year Ahead

By Norman Oder Higher air fares, tighter travel budgets, hit home ALA has cut $600,000 already More details at Midwinter Meeting In response to anticipated belt-tightening by librarians and libraries, and the subsequent impact on the American Library Association (ALA), ALA officials are taking steps to cut internal budgets and plan for lower conference revenue. “At […]

Sacramento Public Library Director Gold, Under Fire, Announces Retirement

By Norman Oder Grand jury slammed library and director Board had rejected firing director Director Gold said she’d planned to retire at 60 While the Sacramento Public Library (SPL) this summer rejected a grand jury’s report bashing the library and suggesting the dismissal of director Anne Marie Gold, the embattled Gold yesterday announced her retirement […]