February 17, 2018

U of Saskatchewan Dean Fired Over Opposition to Plan That Cuts Libraries

As part of an overhaul of its budgets and strategic priorities, the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon plans to trim its campus library system from seven branches to three, resulting in much of its collection being moved to offsite storage. Library officials spoke of the plan as in line with their vision for the future of the campus libraries. But some faculty members have publicly questioned the moves, leading one dean to be fired in the wake of a letter he penned criticizing the university’s plans.

Northern Exposure: A Q&A with Bill Ptacek on Leaving King County Library For Calgary

After 25 years as Director of Washington’s King County Library System (KCLS), serving the suburbs and rural towns surrounding Seattle, Bill Ptacek is packing his bags for Alberta, Canada, where he’ll serve as CEO of the growing Calgary Public Library. Library Journal caught up with Ptacek to discuss his late-career move to the Great White North.

Stephen Abram Leaving Cengage, Joins Dysart & Jones Consultancy

Capping a three-year stint with Gale/Cengage Learning, library speaker and pundit Stephen Abram is joining the Dysart & Jones Associates consultancy as an associate focusing on “marketing strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry,” according to the firm’s site and a press release sent today.

Regina, Canada Library Workers Won’t Collect Fines

Workers at Canada’s Regina Public Library walked off the job at 4 p.m. on May 28 to stage a rally outside of Regina City Hall. The 180 members of CUPE 1594 (all of the library’s employees except  management and anyone whose salary is funded by another branch of government) asked the library board to return […]