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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
The long-time director of the Baltimore County library system plans to retire next June, he announced Wednesday. James H. Fish has directed the 19-branch system since 1996. Library officials say his accomplishments include expanding hours, opening new facilities, introducing e-books and creating the Storyville "learning villages" for babies and young children. The library board of trustees plans to conduct a national search to replace Fish. In a statement, Fish said he approaches his retirement with mixed emotions.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Jim Fish had a knack for management from a young age, former colleagues say - and in his 43 years as a professional librarian, he never worked as anything but a library director. The longtime administrator of the Baltimore County Public Library stepped down last month, having witnessed many changes in library technology - and in American society itself. When he began his adult career more than four decades ago, people still used card catalogs. There were no Kindles or other e-readers.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1994
Philip A. Place, director of the Harford County Public Library for more than five years, has resigned to become director of the Warioto Regional Library Center in Clarksville, Tenn.Mr. Place, whose resignation is effective July 29, said he's looking forward to "a less stressful job" in a "lovely area of the country.""The kids are raised, and we're going to do things differently," he said.Mr. Place said the location will put him much closer to Louisville, Ky., where his wife, Diana, plans to enroll at Southern Baptist Seminary.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Public library advocates are questioning a Baltimore County plan to transfer library information-technology services to the county government's IT office, saying it could set a precedent that threatens the library's autonomy. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's budget includes the transfer of 28 positions in the Baltimore County Public Library system to the county's Office of Information Technology starting July 1. A County Council vote on the budget is scheduled for Thursday. Administration officials say the move is part of a long-term strategy to make government more efficient.
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By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | August 21, 1994
The Harford County Board of Library Trustees has chosen Irene Padilla as the county's new library director.The trustees unanimously selected Ms. Padilla at its meeting Thursday. The 41-year-old Joppatowne resident replaces Philip A. Place, who resigned.Her appointment is effective immediately.Ms. Padilla is Harford's fourth director in its 48-year history. She has been deputy director of the county system since 1990. She was acting director for six months last year and again after Mr. Place left.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1996
The Howard County Library director -- who oversaw a dramatic expansion of the system in the past four years -- is retiring this summer, he told county officials this week in a surprise announcement.Marvin Thomas sent a letter to members of the library's board of trustees, the Howard County Council and County Executive Charles I. Ecker confirming that he would retire at the end of June.Assistant Director Norma Hill will succeed Mr. Thomas.Both Mr. Thomas and Ms. Hill were unavailable for comment yesterday.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | January 8, 2004
The Carroll County Public Library's bookmobile has been out of service since mid-December and is being repaired again, and the library director would like to see money in the county budget to buy a new one in the next few years. Otherwise, said Linda Mielke, the director, ""I'm going to get beat out by a snowplow." "I'm trying to find a way to get a new" bookmobile, said Mielke, who pitched the idea to the county commissioners in the fall but said she didn't get a definite response. "We've put a lot of money into it in the past few years in maintenance and repairs.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2001
The day after Enoch Pratt Free Library Director Carla D. Hayden announced the five branch libraries that will close for good in September, she sat in the Poe Room of the central library downtown defending her decision to shut them down and saying she has been misunderstood. Hayden said that since she revealed in March that branches would close because of fiscal restraints, she has taken verbal lashings from community leaders and elected officials who say she has not tried to keep them open and that she planned all along to shut old, small neighborhood branches and replace them with a few new high-tech regional libraries.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
Charles W. Robinson always has been outspoken and unconventional as Baltimore County's library director for 32 years, so why should his retirement be any different?For one thing, he made sure to give adequate notice when he notified the library board of trustees: 15 to 18 months.For another, he's more than willing to joke about it.Mr. Robinson, 66, who oversaw explosive growth and led the system into the computer age, said that when retirement finally comes the first thing he wants to do is to buy a pickup truck and spend a month driving back and forth between his house and the nearest home improvement store.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2000
Norma L. Hill, Howard County's second library director in 60 years, is retiring June 30. Hill, who turns 70 next week, said she has "loved every minute" of her 20-year career - most of it spent as deputy director under Marvin Thomas and the last four years as director. "I think it's time to travel, have fun. I've got a first grandchild," she said. "It's just time to have the freedom to do what you want to do." Before coming to Howard County, Hill lived in Europe and Asia with her husband, a retired Air Force officer.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
The long-time director of the Baltimore County library system plans to retire next June, he announced Wednesday. James H. Fish has directed the 19-branch system since 1996. Library officials say his accomplishments include expanding hours, opening new facilities, introducing e-books and creating the Storyville "learning villages" for babies and young children. The library board of trustees plans to conduct a national search to replace Fish. In a statement, Fish said he approaches his retirement with mixed emotions.
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August 5, 2013
Harford County Public Library Director Mary Hastler was presented with a Brava! Award from Baltimore SmartCEO on July 10, recognizing her as one of the top 25 female CEOs in the Baltimore area. Hastler was selected for the award for her leadership in expanding library system's public service role with the introduction of innovative literacy programs, exciting product expansions, record-breaking fundraising events and cutting-edge technology, according to a library system press release.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Hampton "Skip" Auld does not mince words when he talks about the struggles of Anne Arundel County's library system the past few years. "We were devastated," the library director says. "We were on the ropes. " Years of government cuts during an economic downturn took its toll on the libraries. There was less money to buy new books, audio books and DVDs. Magazine subscriptions were canceled. Sunday hours were cut. Employees had no raises. During those years, Auld spearheaded a cheery but relentless campaign on the library's behalf.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
Bit of a kerfuffle in the book division of the Land of Pleasant Living over the decision by the Harford County Public Library not to stock the popular novel Fifty Shades of Grey . Today The Sun publishes a letter by Mary Hastler, the library director, defending her decision, and it looks disingenuous. No librarian wishes to be accused of censorship, and Ms. Hastler takes umbrage at the accusation. She merely "decision to not purchase 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ... after careful review and research following our materials selection process.
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May 22, 2012
Restoring Sunday hours at three branches of the Harford County Public Library is a good thing. The three branches that are most likely to be reopening are Abingdon, Bel Air and one in the Route 40 corridor, according to Mary Hastler, the library director, in comments she made at last Thursday's meeting of the library board. Opening those branches makes the most sense. Abingdon and Bel Air are busy and serve the county's population center and one in the Route 40 corridor would be more convenient for those in the eastern part of Harford County.
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February 25, 2012
A Letter from Mary Hastler, Director, Harford County Public Library: Recently Penguin Group publishing stopped offering new eBooks and digital audiobooks to public libraries and ended its relationship with the digital library distributor, Overdrive. From the website paidcontent.org "With this move, Random House becomes the only big-six publisher to allow unrestricted access to its eBooks in libraries-though it will raise prices beginning in March. " Harford County Public Library customers are savvy readers and demand for books in eBook format has increased dramatically over the past year.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2001
Enoch Pratt Free Library Director Carla D. Hayden is one of two finalists for the presidency of the American Library Association, the country's oldest and largest library organization, which is based in Chicago, her hometown. Hayden was asked by the ALA to run for the 2003-2004 presidency, which comes with a budget of between $50,000 and $100,000. While she would not receive a salary or need to step down from her post in Baltimore (which pays about $104,200 a year), the position demands some travel.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2001
A bill in the House of Delegates designed to expand the pool of people who serve on Carroll County Public Library's board of trustees has been withdrawn. The Carroll delegation's bill, which would have allowed Carroll commissioners to appoint members to the voluntary board from "other sources" without the recommendation of the standing library board, had been opposed by the library board and the library director. "We have reached an understanding with the Library Board of Trustees and believe the issues can be resolved without legislation," Del. Nancy R. Stocksdale, a Republican, wrote in a letter this week withdrawing the measure.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | June 20, 2009
As Harford County Library nears a circulation record, deep budget cuts have forced administrators to lay off staff, reduce purchases of new materials and limit hours. Audra L. Caplan, library director, spent Friday delivering layoff notices to several of her staff and trying to find a way to keep all 11 branches open. Caplan would not say how many employees she had to let go, but they were in addition to the 34 dismissals that County Executive David R. Craig announced Thursday. The library already had frozen 20 vacant positions.
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