Submitted by birdie on January 17, 2009 - 2:05pm
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?"
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on November 26, 2008 - 11:43am
Submitted by birdie on November 24, 2008 - 9:18am
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.
Submitted by webdonkey on September 24, 2008 - 7:26am
<a href="http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2008/09/geeks-are-guys.html">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.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on August 19, 2008 - 10:25am
Ithaka has recently released the full findings from our 2006 surveys of the behavior and attitudes of faculty members and academic librarians.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on August 14, 2008 - 9:20am
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.
Submitted by webdonkey on August 7, 2008 - 6:48am
Open to all librarians, please take our poll at <a href="http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2008/08/llb-poll-are-yo.html">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.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on June 11, 2008 - 8:14am
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.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on May 8, 2008 - 6:38pm
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."
More from the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Submitted by webdonkey on April 4, 2008 - 9:47am
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
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 26, 2007 - 4:29am
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.
Submitted by kimreadthis on March 23, 2007 - 3:28pm
Submitted by Blake on February 9, 2007 - 1:19pm
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.
Submitted by rochelle on July 12, 2006 - 4:27pm
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)."
Submitted by John on June 14, 2006 - 11:52pm
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?
Submitted by Blake on April 19, 2006 - 2:48pm
Submitted by John on March 11, 2006 - 10:26pm
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?'
Submitted by rochelle on March 14, 2005 - 9:24pm
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."
Submitted by Blake on July 22, 2002 - 6:21pm
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! \"
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.
Submitted by Cornelia on November 26, 2001 - 2:30pm
odd website is a \"proposal to change the county
library annual performance evaluation management policy
and appraisal of promotability rating procedures\". It includes a
detailed proposal, proposed new evaluation forms, leadership
Inside a Librarian\'s Amazing Brain, and more.
Someone sure must have been annoyed with library