August 1, 2014

A Rebirth in Pittsburgh: New Director Adds 119 Hours of Service | Blatant Berry

It was very good news when Mary Frances Cooper, a librarian, was appointed the 11th director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) in January. I was never totally comfortable when CLP was directed by a nonlibrarian from business, even though that great library, built by Pittsburgh steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, is symbolic of all the public/private partnerships so crucial to the public good in America.

Welbourne’s Legacy | Blatant Berry

Jim Welbourne changed the way I think about our profession, its core values, and its important role in shaping the social agenda of our society. We are truly bereft when we lose a leader like Welbourne, so I was deeply saddened to hear that Jim died on August 22.