February 17, 2018

Remembering Kevin Starr, CA State Librarian

California state librarian emeritus Kevin Starr was a larger-than-life character, who filled a room with his presence and distinctively booming voice. He was also a brilliant raconteur and highly respected expert on California history. When he died on January 14, librarians across the state not only mourned the loss of an important library spokesperson, many also paid tribute to a mentor who was both a scholar and a gentleman.

LSSI Veteran to Head Texas State Library

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.

NJ State Librarian Retires

By Bob Warburton Norma Blake, Library Journal’s 2008 Librarian of the Year and an executive known for creating a host of innovative and forward-looking programs, is retiring after more than a decade as New Jersey State Librarian. On Thursday, Blake told LJ that her last day on the job will be June 30. “It is […]