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Possibly later today, one of three finalists, profiled and pictured in this Seattle PI article will be named Director of the Seattle Public Library.
A selection committee will recommend one of three finalists to the post as early as today. They are Susan Hildreth, the California state librarian; Jane Light, who heads the San Jose Public Library; and Rivkah Sass, director of the Omaha Public Library. The previous Seattle city librarian, Deborah Jacobs, left in July to take a job at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
If you hear/see the announcement, please let us know the results...THANKS Heidi, it's Susan Hildreth.
I take a look at the issue in the context of law library administration where cracking the glass ceiling was especially difficult because historically law school grads were usually male and library schools students were predominately female.
Ithaka has recently released the full findings from our 2006 surveys of the behavior and attitudes of faculty members and academic librarians. These complementary studies, co-sponsored by JSTOR and by Ithaka’s incubated entities Portico, Aluka, and NITLE, have been of interest to academic librarians and scholarly publishers alike in presentations over the past year, but now we are making the datasets and a detailed white paper available as well. -- Read More
Listen, when your job is in trouble because you, as a library director, are accused of overbilling, financial kickbacks, and misuse of the library's credit card, chances are good you don't want to spend another $11,000 on a PR crisis management expert. Nevertheless, that's exactly what the embattled director of the Sacramento Public Library did.
She issued a no-bid contract, saying she didn't need library board approval to contract for work under $100,000. The contract file cited the "urgent nature of the communications issues."
The library already employs a full time public relations and marketing person.
Open to all librarians, please take our poll at The Law Library Blog. AmLaw's recent survey of firm law librarians included a question we thought would make an interesting survey open to all librarians. By "management decisions", we are referring to decisions that impact library operations and budgets made by executives and administrators who are not librarians.
Hoping to end the most discordant period in its history, the Yakima Valley Regional Library board announced they have fired Executive Director Monica Weyhe at her own request. The board approved the termination with a 4-1 vote.
While enjoying support from a majority of the board, recent questions about her authority and how she wielded the power of the office of Executive Director turned a normally passive board of trustees upside down.
Under policies, she is entitled to six month's of severance pay amounting to roughly US$57,800.
So who's in charge here?
That's the question the trustees are passing around the table at the Yakima Valley Regional Library (WA) where some members of the library board feel that the director is taking her authority too far. While the trustees aren't in agreement over the issue, newer members of the board claim that powers wielded by the director should be exclusively in the board's domain.
In an e-mail to the director, one of the board members stated "...you appear, act and perform as if your (sic) totally in charge. Board trustees for the most part seem to simply follow your directions rarely questioning your actions or spending."
If you could increase library staffing in only one area, where? Open to all, not just law librarians, take the survey on Law Librarian Blog at
On Tech Nation Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Robert Sutton, the Stanford Professor and author, who has scientific research proving a negative work atmosphere is bad for you. They talk about Sutton's new book which looks at "Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't."
What is in quotes is the subtitle of the book. The full title is: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't. On the radio interview they cannot say asshole so they dance around the word the whole show. Very interesting interview.
Library Journal reports that Dionne Mack-Harvin has been named executive director of the Brooklyn Public Library. This appointment makes her the first female African-American to hold this position, and "the first African American woman in New York State to lead [a] major public library system." -- Read More