Thursday, January 12, 2012

California State Librarian, Stacey Aldrich

To preserve and protect 01.12.2012 by Hugh Biggar

In a nondescript state building downtown, bandits and shipwrecked survivors hang out among the policy wonks. They, or rather their records and court testimonies, are part of California’s official library, located at 900 N Street. In addition to preserving historical records, the state library also ensures California’s Legislature and government have access to nonpartisan research, and advises public-library systems across the state. In an age of information overload and budget cuts, State Librarian Stacey Aldrich oversees it all.

How do you describe your job at a cocktail party?
The simple and probably perhaps a bit flippant [answer] is “Queen of California Libraries.” My job is to ensure the preservation and access to our California information and memories, and to help build the future of California through its libraries.

What would Californians be surprised to know about the State Library?
That California has a state library is a surprise to people. . . . .

William Gibson once wrote, “The future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed.” Here in Sacramento, there is a great example of the community content creation with the new I Street Press project, which will enable Sacramento residents to write and publish at the public library—and even create a print copy on the new Espresso printing machine. READ MORE !

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