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Berkeley library director Jeff Scott was not a ‘good fit’

Berkeley’s Central Library on Kittredge Street: the weeding of its collection proved controversial and eventually contributed to the resignation of library director Jeff Scott on Aug. 31, 2015 . Photo: Kaia Diringer Berkeley’s Central Library on Kittredge Street: the weeding of its collection proved controversial and eventually contributed to the resignation of library director Jeff Scott on Aug. 31, 2015 . […]

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Breaking: Jeff Scott resigns as Berkeley library director

Jeff Scott: resigned as director of Berkeley Public Library, effective Sept. 8 The Berkeley Public Library announced Monday that Jeff Scott has officially resigned from his position as director of library services. The move comes just 10 months after Scott took the position, in November 2014. The resignation is effective Sept. 8.   Scott’s abrupt departure comes in the […]

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Performance of Berkeley’s library director under fire at meeting of library trustees

Jeff Scott, far left at table, talks to members of BOLT before an Aug. 26 meeting. The BOLT member are, from left to right, Winston Burton, Abigail Franklin, Julie Holcomb, and Darryl Moore. Jim Novosel was absent. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel More than 40 people expressed concern about the actions of the Berkeley Library director at […]

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Berkeley library director admits vast discrepancies in numbers of weeded books

At a July protest about the deaccessioning process, retired librarian Pat Mullan (center left in brown jacket) encouraged protesters to check out books from the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library to save them from weeding. Photo: Francesca Paris At a July protest about the deaccessioning process, retired librarian Pat Mullan (center left in brown jacket) […]

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Protesters rally, check out books to make clear concerns over weeding at Berkeley Central Library

Retired librarian Pat Mullan (center left in brown jacket) encourages protesters to check out books from the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library to save them from weeding on July 14, 2015. Photo: Francesca Paris By Francesca Paris A crowd of around 30 people gathered at the front of the Central Branch of the […]

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After outcry, library board votes to change South Branch name to include civil-rights leader

Supporters of a name change for the South Branch Public Library hold placards at a special Board of Library Trustees meeting on May 7, 2015. Photo: Tracey Taylor Supporters of a name change for the South Branch Public Library hold placards at a special Board of Library Trustees meeting on May 7, 2015. Photo: Tracey Taylor The Berkeley Board […]