Librarian Quick Takes

I found a bunch of librarian stories this morning. * Wendy Axhelm was “fired(Court next stop for fired librarian)”: by the “Travis Unified School District(Travis Unified School District)”: because her busband, Harry, is a board member. * Marie Bryan says she was “forced out(I was forced to retire)”: of her position as Director of the “Woodland Public Library(Woodland Public Library)”: * Jeanell Morris believes her “community(Hood County, texas)”: is polarized and is therefore “seeking(Retired librarian files for council)”: a position on the City Council. * Phyllis Hege recently “retired(Retirement won’t slow long-time Oxford librarian)”: from the “Oxford Public Library(Oxford Public Library)”: after a 30 year career. * Douglas Losey has been “hired(New librarian in Roxana to meet public Saturday)”: as Director of the “Roxana Public Library(Roxana Public Library)”: * Cecelia Solomon is “returning(Librarian gets back to books)”: to the “Powell Middle School(Powell Middle School)”: Media Center after a forced stint as a Social Studies Teacher by “new( Newcomer named principal at Powell Middle School)”: Principal Michael Ransaw. * The unnamed Media Specialist at “Arthur C. Butler Elementary School(Arthur C. Butler Elementary school)”: is on paid leave while an alleged incident of taping closed the mouths of students is “investigated(School Librarian Suspended For Taping Students’ Mouths)”: * Retired Librarian Attracta Harron has been “missing(Missing Librarian: Police Search Suspect’s Home)”: for over three months and police are searching the home of their chief suspect. Actually there were more, but I thought I had done enough.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.