April 26, 2018

Archives for October 2008

PALINET’s Mass Digitization Collaborative Underway

PALINET offering member libraries chance to digitize texts through regional scanning centers Unique texts and items of local and regional significance encouraged Partnership with Internet Archive, digital editions to be made available on Archive.org Jumping on the text digitization bandwagon, the PALINET regional library network recently announced its Mass Digitization Collaborative, supported in part by […]

Book News: AAP’s Professional/Scholarly Division Debuts PROSE Awards

By Michael Rogers Publishers can now enter unlimited number of submissions. Association of American University Presses members also may apply. The Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) arm has revamped its annual prize program to incorporate multiple submissions from a larger number of member publishers. The new American Publishers Awards for […]

Election Education Efforts in the Swing States

By Raya Kuzyk Swing states: Southern Mountain States, Rust Belt, Florida Early voting and debate at libraries; strong web presences Library web sites now linking to Google’s Voter Info tool Since LJ Publisher Ron Shank’s September 2007 editorial challenging libraries to make 2008 the “year of election education,” we’ve published two follow-up articles (LJ 12/24/07, […]

City/County Managers’ GroupOffers Public LibraryGrants

Too many libraries are out of loop with city/county managers Program aims to spur innovation $500,000 in grants; applications begin in November The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is offering $500,000 in grants to support “compelling new projects” at public libraries. While the examples provide […]

In Marshalltown, IA, a New Library Building Emerges

“New Library for a New Century” will cost $9 million First public library in state to seek LEED “silver” Civic involvement spurred many contributions The first public library in Iowa to seek LEED “silver” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is nearing completion in Marshalltown, a county seat of 26,000 people about 50 […]

LJ's 2008 Placements & Salaries Survey Spurs Discussion of Key Professional Issues

By Rebecca Miller The LJ’s 2008 Placements & Salaries Survey, in the November 1 issue, has already sparked reaction regarding the gender gap, questions about the value of the credential, and anger over the low pay for a variety of positions, especially children’s librarians. One particularly active conversation, in response to Annoyed Librarian’s (AL) post on […]

The Lost Library of Villa Webber

Novelist Linda Lappin (Katherine’s Wish) wrote us this charming "postcard” from Rome she thought you might enjoy, about an old English poetry library once located in a remote Sardinian outpost. Posted here in full: The Lost Library of Villa Webber: Postcard from the Maddalena Archipelago      For centuries, the “Grand Tour” brought writers and artists down across Northern Europe […]

Aiming To Move Materials Faster, Brooklyn Public Library Chooses UPS

In-house system led to large backlogs UPS does it overnight Increased cost, says library, pays off in circ While numerous library consortia use commercial couriers like UPS for interlibrary loan, the Brooklyn Public Library may be the first library in the country to use UPS, rather than a local or internal courier system, to move […]

Hawaii Libraries Face Ten Percent Cut

Ten percent cut = $3 million A larger percent cut would start to close buildings Cuts began earlier this year The 51-branch Hawaii State Public Library System, the only statewide system in the country, faces a ten percent budget cut in its 2009-11 budget, leading to fewer materials and fewer jobs, in response to expected lower tax […]

A New Focus (and Debate) on Street Lit in Libraries

By LJ Staff Public libraries have been collecting street lit for years, but the New York Times this week just discovered the trend, writes LJ‘s Wilda Williams on LJ‘s In the Bookroom blog. At least “the reporter was smart enough to interview our own street lit columnist Vanessa Morris… who defends the genre as a chronicle of the African […]