After a year-long search, Texas welcomed a Mark Smith as the new state librarian last week. But with a background that includes 14 years as a vice-president of Library Systems and Services, Inc. (LSSI), the native son’s return to Texas libraries makes some librarians uneasy. Others, though, think Smith’s unconventional CV could be an asset.
Early at the Annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) copies of a page from Illinois Lawyer Now, a publication of the Illinois State Bar Association, were quietly distributed to members of the press. The page reported the disbarment and suspension of 11 Illinois attorneys. Included was the disbarment of Mary Frances Wilkens, a lawyer since 2006, who was charged with misappropriating $174,300.53 from ALA for her own personal use between 2006 and 2012. Wilkens was employed in the offices of ALA Booklist, the Association’s book review publication.
Asante Cain was elected the 2014–15 President of the Michigan Library Association. He is currently Reference and Adult Services Coordinator, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI. Karen Jaffe was named Head of the Library of Congress Young Readers Center. She was previously Manager of Education Projects for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. South Florida State College presented Susan Livingston [...]
Jill Bourne is now Director of the San José Libraries, CA. She was formerly Deputy City Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library. Susan Brown was appointed Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library, NC, effective May 20. She is currently Marketing Director for the Lawrence Public Library, KS. Moira Danehy was named Lending Services [...]
The New York publishing world—and beyond—turned out in force on May 14 to pay tribute to Peter Workman, whom Barnes & Noble chairman Len Riggio termed “one of the brightest stars, and greatest minds, in the history of publishing.” Few of the nearly 1,000 attendees at the memorial service held at Columbia University would disagree.
The Four County Library System Board of Trustees, Vestal, NY, appointed Steven J. Bachman as the library’s new Executive Director, following David J. Karre’s retirement. Bachman was previously Director, Your Home Public Library, Johnson City, NY. Susan Brown was named Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library, NC. She was previously the Marketing Director for [...]
Writer Stephen King is known for many things: suspenseful storytelling, horror tales, and literary rock band music. But another long-time role is now capturing worldwide attention: library philanthropist. The Bangor Public Library announced last week that Stephen and his wife and fellow author Tabitha King will donate $3 million toward the library’s $9 million renovation, redesign, and capital campaign, as long as the library can find other funds to reach the rest of its goal.