Views and Comments: Bob Weaver|
West Virginia's Library Commissioner David Price has resigned, ending a stay
of less than four years. Price was the first recipient of the Hur Herald's
Sludge Pot Award in 1999 after he pulled internet access codes from the
Calhoun County Library and gave them to a larger public library, probably in
Price declined numerous requests from The Herald to answer why he pulled
internet access from the rural library, or specifically who got them. Instead,
he went on the offensive, implying rural under-funded libraries could be
closed unless they developed their own funding streams.
After considerable fussing, a few weeks later the library had their codes
He also threatened to require librarians to have a Master's degree in Library
Science, although such individuals were as scarce as hen's teeth. Price, a
former San Francisco librarian, made a lot of changes. Librarians around the
state felt Price was out of step with its rural nature and culture and many
expressed their discontent, even to The Hur Herald.
Many of his foes left the state library board and new members struggled with
how to evaluate his performance, which by some standards was very
If there be a lesson learned by Mr. Price, the rules of urbane life do not jive
well in the hills and hollers of West Virginia, even though they sound good
and may eventually be admirable goals.