"The library should keep up with the changes, but not at the expense of the written word," said Diane Boerman, a library employee and shop steward for the librarians union.
Sacramento library staffers are circulating a petition of no-confidence in management, decrying what they view as a departure from amassing a rich research collection to pandering to the whims of the YouTube generation.
Librarians question administrators' selection of materials, which include six copies of Paris Hilton's "Confessions of an Heiress" autobiography and 10 copies of the film "Jackass 2."
The dissenting librarians plan to present the petition with 600 signatures from staff, former staff and patrons to the library's board at a Thursday meeting. It asks leaders to reconsider modeling library branches after a popular book or music store while casting off books with lasting value.
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