The new director joins from the King County Library System in Washington, the busiest library system in the U.S.
Tess Mayer has been at the King County Library System since 2015. It was named “Library of the Year” in 2015 and is one of the busiest libraries in the U.S.
The decision came after the library realized that the 11,000 people blocked from checking out books because of late fees came from Berkeley’s lower-income neighborhoods.
The South Berkeley branch’s name was changed in 2015, but the signage was only just installed this month.
Library directors want to bring in an independent consultant to examine why the institution has been so troubled recently, including having three directors in just a few years.
Neither Heidi Dolamore nor the library board would talk about why she is leaving.
Council decided Selawsky’s experience is what is needed now for the board, even though it meant rejecting the lawyer nominated by the BOLT.
Jesse Arreguín is suggesting appointing a political colleague to the Board of Library Trustees rather than the lawyer whom the board has nominated.
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The City Council on Tuesday removed the president and vice president of the Board of Library Trustees.
Kriss Worthington believes the atmosphere is so toxic at the library that the only way to improve it is to remove two library trustees.