October 9, 2007
Richard P. Burns has been named new State Librarian by the Board of Education effective January 2008 announced Board of Education Chairman Karen Knudsen. Richard Burns will replace current State Librarian Jo Ann Schindler who is retiring at the end of the year after serving as acting State Librarian since July 2003 and as State Librarian since October 2003. In October 2006, Schindler informed the Board of her retirement plans at the end of 2007 after 29 years with HSPLS. Richard Burns, who will take the reins heading the 51-branch Hawaii State Public Library System, has extensive experience throughout HSPLS since 1983, including Library Assistant IV and Library Technician V positions at Kahuku Public & School Library; Children’s Librarian at Waianae and Manoa Public Libraries; Adult Services Librarian at Ewa Beach Public & School Library and Hawaii Kai Public Library; Young Adult Librarian at Kailua Public Library; Bookmobile Librarian at Kaneohe Public Library; and Library Manager at Waimanalo Public & School Library and Kapolei Public Library.
“We appreciate the leadership and dedication State Librarian Schindler has provided over the years and look forward to working with Mr. Burns in his new capacity leading the Hawaii State Public Library System”, said Knudsen. Under the direction of the Board, the State Librarian is responsible for the operation, planning, programming, and budgeting of all public & school and public libraries within the State. The State Librarian oversees library services, collections, and programs that fulfill HSPLS’ mission.