Alaska State Librarian retires on note of good budget news

George Smith, Acting Director of the Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums for the State of Alaska, announced his January 2005 retirement in his weekly Friday Bulletin to Alaskan libraries. Mr. Smith will be taking a new job as Associate Deputy Director of Library Programs in the Office of Library Services with the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, DC.

In the same bulletin, Mr. Smith announced that Governor Frank Murkowski had proposed the best budget for the division since the early 1990s.

The full Friday Bulletin with these announcements should become available at the web site above in the next week or so.

All librarians in Alaska will miss George and wish him well in his new position.

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