“Librarians aren’t known for being loud, but Gov. Jerry Brown may hear some raised voices from that scholarly crowd over his decision Tuesday to appoint a politically connected journalist as the state librarian. Greg Lucas, 55, is a former political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Since 2011, he has been a senior editor for the Sacramento website Capitol Weekly, which covers California politics, and he writes and edits California’s Capitol, a website he created that also delves into politics.” (via latimes.com)
“The South Carolina State Library is pleased to present the South Carolina State Agency Social Media Library (scsocialmedialibrary.org), which provides public access to social media activity from partner South Carolina state agencies. The South Carolina State Library is collaborating with ArchiveSocial, a social media archiving company based in Durham, NC to create this searchable library. Social media streams currently include Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube content created or received by seven state government agencies, including the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Commerce.” (via South Carolina State Library)
“It’s turning into an unofficial hazing ritual for Washington’s secretary of state: Win the election, get sworn in, then go fight to save the State Library from budget cuts suggested by the governor or the Legislature. Just 21/2 months after taking office, Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman is following the footsteps of her predecessor, Sam Reed, in fighting against a proposed fund reduction for the library’s operations.” (via AP)
“The Missouri Library Association has sent a letter to Secretary of State Jason Kander, who last week announced he would cut 13 positions from the Missouri State Library. The letter says the cuts represent a 55 percent and 43 percent decrease of the workforce within the library’s reference and library development divisions. The cuts will take effect July 1.” (via Stltoday.com)
“The Hawaii State Library opened its doors in February 1913. The public library has been a sanctuary for avid readers for 100 years. The book room celebrated it’s 100th anniversary. “I grew up with books, just tons and tons of books, science fiction, and fantasy,” said Reid Shimoda. Shimoda said it’s a resource that cannot be lost even if the look of his book begins to change.