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Mayor, Steve Murphy get their wish: Library-trustee chairman resigns

BPL Board Chairman Jeffrey Rudman submitted his resignation today after a meeting with Mayor Walsh.

As with BPL President Amy Ryan, Rudman's resignation takes effect July 3.

Walsh has been critical of the way Ryan has run the library and has called for an audit of library holdings. Murphy issued a press release claiming lots of items have gone missing at the BPL less than an hour before the library announced a worker had found two missing prints misfiled at the Copley Square library. Murphy then postponed a hearing at which he said he would demand answers to where all the allegedly missing items had disappeared to.

In joint statements, Walsh praised Rudman, while Rudman praised fellow board members and Ryan.

Walsh:

I want to thank Jeff Rudman for his service to the Boston Public Library. We are fortunate to be home to one of the country's most renowned library systems and it's important that we maintain the highest standard for the residents of Boston. Using the audit as a guide, I look forward to working with the Library to strengthen our programs and services, especially in the neighborhoods, and the availability and security of our assets.

Rudman:

I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served on the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, and with such a thoughtful and engaging board, The Boston Public Library has prospered under the leadership of President Amy Ryan and my fellow Trustees. The people of Boston must remember that the Boston Public Library is the greatest library system in the country.

Mayor Menino appointed Rudman to the board of trustees in 2004; he became chairman in 2006.

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Way to put a scare into people. At first, I thought the headline said "Mayor Steve Murphy..."

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Walsh has a problem. I don't know anyone who thinks he's been particularly good a hiring the right talent for the job.

So even if Rudman was part of the problem, and no effort is being made to argue he was, it still leaves the question, does Walsh gets it well enough to hire the right person?

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The LoC (Library of Congress) is finally getting rid of their fossilized director just about the time Amy Ryan will become available. Wouldn't that be just desserts.

Boston sure is good at shooting itself in the figurative foot when they rid local government of actual hard-working competent agency leaders.

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Who do participants on this blog think would be a great Library Board Chair?... or Head of Boston Public Library?... or Head of Library of Congress?...

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I think he could do both jobs.

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You can be sure proper procedures would be followed.

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Hopefully Mahty can get a crony in by July 6th!

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Marty and Steve are probably drafting lists of guys they went to high school with, hoping one of them visited a library once and they can sneak them on the Board.

I mean, who are they supposed to hire, their enemies?

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"I'm hiring my friends." That's pretty clear.

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Murphy just wants to hire another of his friends (not his enemies, y'know).

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Nicholson Baker would be a great appointment to the Boston Public Library Board or Library of Congress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholson_Baker

Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Fold
https://books.google.com/books?id=k8LIgJBnKY8C&printsec=frontcover

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Nicholson Baker wrote a book called Human Smoke that argued that the allies were morally wrong to have fought World War II. No politician is going to go near him.

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THe BPL President has to live in Boston, and members of the Board have to live in Massachusetts - which is why Dennis Lehane is no longer on the board

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What the source for that information about the Library Board members having to live in Massachusetts?...

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