Public Libraries

Storms Warning

“Ronda Storms(County Commissioner, District 4)”: is a member of the Hillsborough County Commission. And apparently is so bored with her position that she constantly finds things to raise an uproar about. This week it is about the selection policy for DVD materials in the “Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library(Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System)”:
bq.Led by Storms, commissioners on Wednesday recommended the library spend a larger portion of its DVD budget on educational videos and less on pure entertainment. The proposal still needs to be considered by the library board, library director and County Administrator Pat Bean and return to commissioners for final approval. They also need to define what is educational. The proposal passed 6-1. – “Ellen Gedalius(County Grabs Library Remote)”: Education is certainly an important role for public libraries. But it not our only role. Library Director Joe Stines explained that there are three: education, information and recreation. It is a delicate balance, but one we should all strive to maintain. Because all three are equally important.

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.