New Hawaii state librarian named

New Hawaii state librarian named

HONOLULU (AP) - A library official who has worked in California and Pennsylvania has been named as Hawaii's new state librarian.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Stacey Aldrich will oversee Hawaii's system of 50 public libraries.

Aldrich previously worked as the state librarian of California, as well as deputy secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania.

In Hawaii, Aldrich replaces Richard Burns, who recently retired after 30 years with the library system.

By law, the salary of Hawaii's public library chief is set at no more than $120,000 a year. A state bill seeks to raise the maximum to $200,000.

The state Board of Education testified in support of the bill. The board says the value of the current cap would be $164,000 if adjusted to meet the cost of living.

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