March 20, 2018

Archives for December 2008

BackTalk: HathiTrust and the Google Deal

In 2008, some of the world’s great research libraries created HathiTrust, a unified, comprehensive digital collection of the published record. As the Google settlement winds its way forward, many will surely wonder how HathiTrust will relate to the product Google now proposes to offer. As I see it, the product coming from the Google settlement […]

San Diego New Main Library Plan May Gain Boost from School

By Norman Oder School would bring crucial $20 million State librarian positive School board to discuss issue January 13 LJ recently reported that the San Diego Public Library’s much-ballyhooed effort to build a new $185 million central library is likely to die, given that a $20 million state grant will expire at the end of the […]

Felton Thomas Named Cleveland Public Library Director

By Norman Oder Veteran of Las Vegas system 2002 Mover & Shaker Even Cleveland faces budget troubles Felton Thomas, a 2002 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, has been selected as the new director of the Cleveland Public Library, one of the nation’s most prominent systems. Thomas is director of Regional Branch Services for the Las Vegas-Clark […]

LJ Editors’ Last-Minute Gift Guide

Recommendation: Baby Brother’s Blues by best-selling author Pearl Cleage for her third in a series of intriguing tales of family, friendship, and love set in the city of Atlanta. This is the story of a former R&B singer turned vigilante, who becomes a hero in his community for protecting women abused by the men in […]

NISO Thought Leaders Identify “Pain Points” Ripe for Standards

Reports available from four Mellon-funded programs held in 2008 Meeting areas: institutional repositories, digital libraries, e-learning, and research data NISO attempting to be more proactive Reports from all of the 2008 NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Thought Leader programs are now available, framing recommendations in four key areas: institutional repositories, digital libraries and collections, e-learning […]

The Logo That Wasn’t

The Logo That Wasn’t   Recognize this logo? Probably not because it didn’t make the cut. Why?   It comes from the reject pile at the Obama campaign. I found it on a fabulous website I just discovered:  Lots of thought-provoking insights on logos – what is right, what is wrong, how they evolve. […]

Gates Foundation Announces $6.9M Pilot Program To Improve PL Internet Connections

By Norman Oder Grants go to Connected Nation and ALA OITP Funding is for “summits” and strategies, not direct support Additional funds may support specific proposals Nearly all public libraries are connected to the Internet, but perhaps one-third have Internet connections too slow to meet patron demand, according to the American Library Association (ALA). So […]

Week in Review: Library and Book News Roundup

By LJ Staff Library News for the Week of December 12: Go to Another Section: • News • Books & Features • From the Print Edition ALA Report to Presidential Transition Team Runs the GamutIn a report to the transition team of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, the American Library Association (ALA) […]

ALA Report to Presidential Transition Team Runs the Gamut

By Norman Oder Policy recommendations in variety of areas E-government, broadband, “fiber to the library” Civil liberties, copyright, and funding also at issue In a report (Opening the “Window to a Larger World”: Libraries’ Role in Changing America) to the transition team of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, the American Library Association (ALA) […]

Dear President Obama

By Francine Fialkoff Word has it that your team has been trying to figure out where libraries fit into an economic stimulus package: What kind of return would we get if we funded extended library hours and how much would it cost? How many people find employment through libraries or even start their own businesses […]