Some state librarians 'disgruntled'

For some reason I always associate "disgruntled" with "postal employee" stories that involve guns. This Time librarians are the disgruntled folks. Some of Louisiana's librarians are making noise about the person picked to head the state's library system.

Up-and-coming librarian Rebecca Hamilton was chosen state librarian over four other candidates with more years of experience, and at least one of her colleagues refuses to keep shushed about it.

Ha! Get it? Shushed.


If the best complaint they can come up with is a difference in population served (from 50,000 down to 40,000) then that's pretty lame. On first look I'd say the non-movers are under the impression that if they just put in the time they deserve the promotion. A common misconception which unfortunetly is reenforced quite often in goverment employment.

The flipside being I'd like to know just how many positions she had in 15 years. If its more than 3 I'd be wary. No sense hiring someone with a short-attention span.

Census figures show that more than 50,000 people live in the St. Mary community, but there's a catch: Morgan City, which is within parish lines, has its own library.

Hamilton opponents say the Morgan City population should be subtracted from the parish total, leaving the library system Hamilton oversaw with only 40,000 potential patrons. The state library makes the same separation when it disburses federal grants every year.

So it looks to me as if the state is using one set of rules to administrate and another to make political appointments.

What's missing is why Hamilton kept skipping from one post to another, and the report should have the exact number of libraries where she served. "Several" isn't good enough. Other information that should be included is why, specifically, members of the State Library of Louisiana Board of Commissioners support her candidature. That she's a people person does not necessarily mean that she is competent for the position; only that she is popular. But, of course, politics is mostly a popularity contest.