Nicholson Baker: Assassin Lite

Back in the early days of as a weblog, there are a whole bunch of entries about Nicholson Baker. He “raged against librarians(Nicholson Baker)”: for our belief that all printed word is not some sort of sacred object that must be preserved in perpetuity. But never once did he, to the best of my knowledge, plan to murder any of us. Now he has “written a book(New fiction novel features characters who plot to kill the prez)”: that outlines methods in which to assassinate George W. Bush. This guy makes “Tony Stewart(How to Lose a Fan)”: look like Gandhi. I am thinking we may need to start a fund or something to get him some help. Because he certainly needs some.

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.