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The Detroit Public Library ousted its executive director Tuesday, amid fears of worsening finances and whiplash from a year of scandals over lavish spending and bungled budgets.
Board members placed Jo Anne Mondowney on paid administrative leave until her $135,000 contract expires Aug. 24. The final straw for some commissioners was fears she hadn't kept the board "up to date" on a system "facing a financial catastrophe," said commission chairman Jonathan Kinloch.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Philadelphia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the nation's oldest book collection serving the visually impaired and one of only two in the commonwealth, is slated to be dramatically diminished this week, as services and the collection are slashed.
The plan calls for moving most reading materials to the smaller, less-used Pittsburgh branch; foolishly dumping half a million recorded cassettes; and halving the caring, veteran staff that helps disabled patrons in 29 counties. [ed: I heard about this plan while at PLA in Philadelphia in March; word has it that its the plan of Governor Tom Corbett, a native of Pittsburgh].
The merger makes absolutely no sense and will not save the commonwealth a cent, while providing slower, less efficient service to an already underserved population. Indeed, critics believe the merger will cost more money in unanticipated operating costs.
Which College Degrees Lead To Higher Unemployment [infographic]
You could choose a worse major... like Psychology, Fine Arts or History... but that's about it.
Librarian in Crystal Lake on 'Jeopardy!'
A local librarian is scheduled to appear on the game show “Jeopardy!” later this month, making her the third librarian from McHenry County to appear on the program since 2010.
Julie Zukowski, 41, of Lakewood is scheduled to appear on the show May 24. She has worked at the Crystal Lake Public Library since 2005.
Autistic librarian's mission for the books
Meet Eric Robinson, librarian extraordinaire. He re-shelves books at the Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, where millions of genealogical reference materials are located. Day-in, day-out for the past 23 years Eric's been at it, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as regular as the clock, and the next book he mis-shelves will be the first one.
"He knows the Dewey Decimal System very well," proclaims one of his supervisors, Pat Welch, in what could only be translated as a vast understatement.
All John Maitland Marshall wanted to do was help people get books from Victoria's new bookmobile. But in 1954, he found himself at the centre of a major controversy and a victim of the Red Scare that reached into Canada — and its libraries.
Librarian Claims Firing Over Seeing Eye Dog
After a decade as a librarian, a Good Samaritan is fired. And she says one of the reasons is because she brought a Seeing Eye dog to work. But imagine the librarian's surprise when she says her boss told her this future guide dog – who might go to an Iraq or Afghanistan war veteran – cost her her job of nearly 10 years.
Carrier librarian to sail on 'Semester at Sea'
This fall, one JMU librarian will step out of the library to set sail toward the places he’s only read about in books.
Jonathan Paulo, the education librarian in Carrier Library, will embark on a “Semester at Sea” from Aug. 23 to Dec. 7. Organized by the University of Virginia, Semester at Sea acts largely like a college campus — but on a ship.
The MV Explorer, a 590-foot passenger ship, is equipped to carry more than 800 passengers. With nine state-of-the-art classrooms that include overhead projectors, close-circuit televisions, wireless Internet access, a multi-media lab, pool and three dining decks, the ship’s a floating campus.
Brian Rosson, one of the Human Resources directors with ECISD, said during the past two years, the district has really felt the repercussions of what he called a statewide librarian shortage. The Texas Education Agency has specific qualifications that a librarian must have, and according to Rosson, the most challenging qualification to meet is a master’s degree in library science.
“What we’ve seen over the last five years are less and less people going back to school for a degree in that,” Rosson said. “And there are only a few universities in the state that offer that degree.”
A six-member team from Hargrove Engineers + Constructors lost out to a group of Birmingham librarians during a charitable trivia contest held statewide at lunchtime today.
Mobile's Hargrove was the 2012 winner of the Mobile's Brightest Company Charitable Trivia Competition, winning $10,000 for Penelope House, a shelter for battered women and their children in Mobile.
Today, though, the trivia questions seemingly proved too tough, and the workers came in second in the state finals of the contest sponsored by Protective Life Corporation and Impact Alabama. "Most of them today were terrible," said Jerry Betts, a Hargrove trivia team member who works in quality assurance.
Here's one question not a single team answered correctly during today's contest: "In the first season of HBO's "The Wire," what westside Baltimore drug kingpin is the primary target of police?"
Do you know the answer?