January 21, 2022

California: Whistleblowers Protest Berkeley Public Library Board of Library Trustees, Alleging ‘Deep Weeding,’ Harassment

From The Daily Californian:

The Berkeley Librarian Whistleblowers, a city advocacy group, rallied in protest of the Board of Library Trustees’ bookkeeping practices and staff relations Wednesday afternoon.

About 30 people attended the rally outside Berkeley Public Library, and stayed despite intermittent rain. The whistleblowers protested to remove and replace President Julie Holcomb and Vice President Jim Novosel of the Board of Library Trustees, or BOLT, alleging that the two are responsible for “deep weeding” of book collections, ignoring staff and harassing employees.

Berkeley City Council is set to vote on a proposal to remove Holcomb and Novosel on April 4.

The group, led by former Berkeley Public Library art and music director Debbie Carton, began by blowing whistles in unison and chanting, “Whistleblowers need your help, recall now! Your collection needs protection, recall now!”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.