Magazine article American Libraries

Margolis Appointed N.Y. State Librarian

Magazine article American Libraries

Margolis Appointed N.Y. State Librarian

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The Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department announced October 21 that Bernard A. Margolis has been appointed New York state librarian. The embattled former president of Boston Public Library will assume his new responsibilities in January 2009 in the prestigious post once held by Melvil Dewey, father of modern American librarianship.

A longtime member of the American Library Association's governing Council, Margolis instantly received a flood of praise and congratulations on the Council's electronic discussion list. "We welcome you with open arms," said Barbara Stripling, director of library services for the New York City Department of Education. "As a school librarian, I am so pleased that we will have a state librarian who understands how all types of libraries work together to provide seamless ad complementary services," she added. "We look forward to your leadership!"

Underlying almost all of the messages was the undertone that the appointment constitutes vindication of Margolis in his struggle with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who ousted Margolis last year after an 11-year run, complaining that he paid too much attention to the main library at the expense of neighborhood branches. …

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