“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.
“The Montana State Library and Mineral County Public Library are pleased to announce the release of a series of three videos that highlight the impact libraries have on the lives of Montanans. The videos feature Montana library users and Montana librarians from around the state. The videos were filmed at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton; the Hearst Free Library in Anaconda; the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena; the North Lake County Public Library in Polson; the Sidney-Richland County Library in Sidney; and the Web on Wheels (W.O.W.) Bus, which is a branch of the Missoula Public Library.”
“The first few shovel-fulls dug from of the State Library Archive Museum project were placed in a box inside the State Museum. Not to preserve for posterity — though they may be — but to bid adieu to the rain outside and break ground under the warm lights and artifacts of Juneau’s and the state’s Willoughby icon.”
“The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has released a study showing that in 2011 the economic benefit from Texas public libraries totaled an astounding $2.407 billion, while collectively the libraries cost less than $0.545 billion. The return on investment was thus $4.42 for each dollar invested.”
“MaryKay Dahlgreen became Oregon’s state librarian nearly a year ago, during a tumultuous time at the agency. The man newly hired to the post had resigned after suspicion arose over his credentials. Not only did Dahlgreen have to restore confidence; she had to reduce management staff and reassign tasks for those who remained.
Still, she pointed out during a recent interview, she has a job where she can make a difference for libraries, librarians and readers across the state. She can visit a library any time and call it work.”
“The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) has awarded California State Library’s Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50) website the Rebranding Aging Silver Award in its Best Website category for 2012. The awards, presented at the 11th Annual ICAA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 29, were awarded as part of ICAA’s Changing the Way We Age® Campaign, given to organizations that exemplify exciting new ideas on aging, which help to break stereotypes about older consumers. Submissions were made by 70 organizations in the United States and Canada. The judges are experts on marketing to the 50+ population. Colin Milner, CEO of ICAA states, “The quality of this year’s submissions is stellar. We’re seeing that, increasingly, marketers are not only understanding the older consumer, but are inspired to creatively engage them.” Categories in the judging included websites, direct mail, brochures, and advertising. TLA50 won a silver award for its website because the “content was easily accessible in multiple formats,” and “for positioning this life stage in a realistic, uplifting way,” according to the judges.”