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Berkeley library investigation of employees raises hackles

“Charging at least two librarians with insubordination, the Berkeley Public Library hired a law firm at $350 an hour to investigate, a price tag union activists called “a complete waste of money.”Library officials cited confidentiality in declining to comment on specific charges, but defended the expense of hiring an outside firm, saying it ensures an evenhanded investigation.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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For university librarian, 11 million volumes just the beginning

“A scholar with expertise in online information, public policy and economics, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason started attending meetings on campus last summer and assumed the reins as UC Berkeley’s new university librarian on Oct. 1. MacKie-Mason comes to Berkeley from the University of Michigan, where he served for 29 years first as a faculty member, then dean of the School of Information. Wearing the librarian hat for the first time, he now oversees a library system with more than 11 million volumes, several dozen facilities and a combined staff of some 350 employees.” (via Berkeley News)

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Berkeley Public Library card requirements raise concerns

“Berkeley Public Library’s requirement of a photo ID and evidence of a home address in order to obtain a library card has raised concerns regarding the accessibility of the institution. According to James LaRue, director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, it is standard practice for libraries across the nation to request a photo ID and an address. LaRue noted that the requirement is in place in order to insure the safety of the library’s collection, by enabling checked-out materials to be recovered if necessary.” (via The Daily Californian)

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Months after resignation of Jeff Scott, Berkeley Public Library hires interim director

“On Monday, the former city manager of Albany began her first day as the Berkeley Public Library interim director after former library director Jeff Scott resigned in August amid controversy. Beth Pollard, whose appointment was announced Friday, will succeed acting Library Director Sarah Dentan in the position until a permanent director is appointed in spring 2016. Abigail Franklin, chair of the Berkeley Board of Library Trustees, contributed to Pollard’s appointment and praised her openly in a press release for her familiarity with Berkeley and a “wide range of library services expertise.” (via Daily Californian)

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Berkeley Public Library director resigns amid contention over book weeding

“Jeff Scott, the director of library services for the Berkeley Public Library, announced his resignation Monday after multiple protests related to the removal of thousands of books from the library’s inventory. Scott’s resignation will take effect Sept. 8, less than a year after he was appointed to the position. Sarah Dentan, acting deputy director, will take over the position while the Board of Library Trustees searches for a permanent replacement.” (via Daily Californian)

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