Senate Rules Committee OKs State Librarian Despite Initial Concerns [full Senate approval to follow]

from the Sacramento Bee

“The son of a former California Supreme Court justice [Greg Lucas] won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian.”

Salinas Library and Community Services Director Resigns

from the Monterey Herald

“Elizabeth Martinez, the internationally renowned librarian who was lured to Salinas to revive its libraries, has resigned and received a $400,000 settlement from the city to resolve a possible harassment and discrimination lawsuit.”

Stockton-San Joaquin County: Freeman Steps Down from Library Post

from the Record

“The embattled head of the Stockton-San Joaquin library system, on paid administrative leave since late last month, confirmed Tuesday he has resigned from his position.”

CalPERS’ Pension Rules Would OK 99 Types of Extra Pay to Count Toward Pensions [including library reference desk staff premiums]

from the Sacramento Bee

“The CalPERS board is considering nearly a hundred types of pay to be considered when calculating pensions for state and local government employees…[including] library reference desk premium: compensation to library staff who are routinely and consistently assigned to provide direction or resources to library patrons.”

San Francisco’s Main Library Turns into a Virtual Bowling Alley

from ABC7 News

“San Francisco’s Main Library turned into a bowling alley Tuesday, but participants weren’t tossing library books.Scan Health Plan set up several Nintendo Wii consoles and invited seniors from several community centers to a bowling tournament.”

Palm Springs: Welwood Murray Library Has Storied Past, Future

from the Desert Sun

“Located downtown on the busy corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way, the Welwood Murray Memorial Library is being renovated and transformed into a facility that will provide library services, a visitor’s center and a historical research library in the heart of the city.”