Hoboken Tot Denied a Library Card Because of Illegible Signature

A mad Dad reports his unhappiness with the Hoboken NJ Public Library due to his four-year old son being denied a library card. Here's the story from Hoboken 411.

Letter-writer Dave Dessel goes on to say: "My wife called several libraries in the area, including Millburn, Maplewood, Summit and Ridgewood, to find out what their policies are. Every librarian she spoke with was appalled by HPL’s policy. One went so far as to say that the story was heartbreaking, and the policy archaic, the kind of thing that was done away with forty years ago.

I wonder if the library administration has changed much since On the Waterfront?"

Long Time Director Returns As Trustee

Richard Ostrander served as the Director of the Yakima Valley Regional Library for 24 years. He now returns to the library as a Yakima County appointed member of the library's board of trustees.

It's an interesting move, especially since YVRL went through an administrative shakedown earlier this year culminating with the firing of the director. It seeme there were questions about how she handled her authority and how the board of trustees approved anything she requested without any discussion. It was a sordid affair that played out on the pages of the local paper and in the court of public opinion.

Ostrander, who has an operating library in the YVRL system named after him, replaces a board member who served ten years, the maximum term length for a YVRL board member.

Seattle Director IS Named Today

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.

Geeks are Guys: Is the Re-Feminization Law Librarianship Coming?

<a href="">I take a look at</a> 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's 2006 Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education

Ithaka has recently released the full findings from our 2006 surveys of the behavior and attitudes of faculty members and academic librarians.

From Bad To Worse

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.

More from the Bee.

Are you satisfied with management's recent decisions regarding your library?

Open to all librarians, please take our poll at <a href="">The Law Library Blog</a>. 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.

Library Fires Director

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.

Trustees Vs Director: Who Has The Power?

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 " 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."

More from the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Extra Pair of Hands Survey

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

The No Asshole Rule

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.

Dionne Mack-Harvin Becomes First Female African-American Director of Brooklyn PL

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."

Harvard Getting Their First Woman President?

Search Engines WEB writes "A renowned historian who specializes in 19th century America, Faust has nonetheless gained a reputation as a scientifically literate administrator — one, perhaps, who could manage the complicated task of developing a science-focused campus in Allston.

Here's More"


schoenbc writes "From the article "...representatives for 10,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists are asking Congress to stop the Bush administration from closing the agency's network of technical research libraries. The EPA scientists, representing more than half of the total agency workforce, contend thousands of scientific studies are being put out of reach, hindering emergency preparedness, anti-pollution enforcement and long-term research, according to the letter released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).""

Time for Library Management 2.0?

What do Gwinnett County (GA),
King County (WA),
and Berkeley (CA) have in common? They're rough on
their public library directors. Do these recent stories have a common thread, or lessons that future library leaders could take to heart? What do you wish your director did differently?


kmccook writes "Musematic
Rants and raves on the latest trends in the world of museum informatics and technology. An intrepid cast of experts from the Museum Computer Network and AAM's Media & Technology Committee share their insights, observations and tricks of the trade."

Working for a Woman Can Be a ...

GregS* writes 'From PW's Soapbox section: "Women make wonderful bosses. We should know -between the two of us we have more than 30 years of experience in the publishing business and have reported exclusively to women. In our observations, female bosses often become more mentors than managers, nurturing the careers of those who report to them more than their male counterparts. Working for women can be amazing and inspiring. But..." I've worked for good and bad, some guilty of all listed, some a few. But all were women so I can't compare except in how I see my own actions. How about you?'

MLS preferred? PREFERRED?

mdoneil writes "The City of Clearwater is looking for a new library director. The current director is going to Atlanta to be their director(not a job I would apply for but good luck John).

The city has posted the position. What is most amazing is that an MLS is preferred. Not required but preferred. Simply freaking amazing.

I know I would not work at a library where the director was not a librarian. That is like preferring your physician have a degree in medicine, or your CPA have a basic grasp of accounting. MLS preferred. Thank goodness I am moving out of this city when I find that $75K/annum reference librarian position in Utopia."

Library Politics

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian writes \"For those who can\'t quite get a handle on workplace politics in their library see,
The Warrior Librarian, Library Politics! \"

One Example:
BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have 2 library support staff and 30,000 books. Decentralised Administration takes everything, and puts them in a space with everyone\'s staff and resources. They are administered by ex-budget analysts. You have to take care of the paperwork the Decentralised Administration took from the budget analysts. You are given as much clerical assistance as the regulations say you should need.

Are There Turkeys in Your Library Bureaucracy?

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library annual performance evaluation management policy
and appraisal of promotability rating procedures\". It includes a
detailed proposal, proposed new evaluation forms, leadership
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Inside a Librarian\'s Amazing Brain, and more.

Someone sure must have been annoyed with library


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