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Breaking: Jeff Scott resigns as Berkeley library director

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 wake of a controversy over the weeding of books at Berkeley’s central […]

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

More than 40 people expressed concern about the actions of the Berkeley Library director at a specially called meeting Wednesday night of the Board of Library Trustees. Those who spoke publicly – who were supported by 40 observers  – not only complained about the aggressive book weeding policy put forward by Jeff Scott, the director, […]

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Berkeley library director admits vast discrepancies in numbers of weeded books

Over 39,000 items have been weeded from Berkeley Public Library this year, far more than the couple of thousand previously cited by Library Director Jeff Scott. The 39,000 items include 13,850 deleted last copies of books. According to Scott, however, the 39,000 items is comparable to the average weeded over the last two years. “I had […]

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Obscure and popular books part of Berkeley library weeding process

When librarians from the Berkeley Public Library were examining books that had not been checked out for three years to determine which ones to keep and which to discard, they reviewed “The Housefly: Its Natural History, Medical Importance, and Control,” written by Luther S. West in 1951. It was retained. So was “A Guide to […]

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

By Francesca Paris A crowd of around 30 people gathered at the front of the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library today to protest new procedures for weeding books from the library’s collection. The protesters believe the process, ordered by Library Director Jeff Scott, is being carried out irresponsibly. Members of the group carried signs reading […]

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Library fans voice concerns over weeding of books

An orchestrated clearing out of books at the Berkeley Central Library, ordered by the library’s director, Jeff Scott, has sounded alarm-bells for some current and former librarians, as well as community members. Their concerns, which they have shared with the city’s mayor as well as the Board of Library Trustees, center on who is doing the weeding of books — […]

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

The Berkeley Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) Thursday night voted to recommend to the City Council that the South Branch of the library be renamed to include the name of Tarea Hall Pittman (1903-1991), a long-time South Berkeley resident and civil-rights leader. The 4-1 vote overturned a previous April 22 vote by the board that prevented the library from including […]