Thank you for letting us know your favorite aspects of Urbana Free Library. 87% of you named the 'fantastic selection of old and new books' as what you enjoy most, and 81% reported that the 'friendly staff and librarians' were tops for you. Many of you appreciate the AV selections and the magazines, and a smaller number of you enjoy the programming, computers, and space.
Keep track of the full timeline of events here (comment welcomed): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P5LS5DtPzTDvl9OoyzYfMzxOdUthhd4MrvXse9THmRM
(10 a.m., July 15)
- News-Gazette (editorial): http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2013-07-15/change-coming-library.html
(12 p.m., July 12)
(9 a.m., July 12)
- News-Gazette: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-07-12/negotiations-begin-library-director.html
- WCIA TV: http://illinoishomepage.net/fulltext?nxd_id=509702 (Interview with Board of Trustees President Chris Scherer)
Here's some of the news coverage of last night's meeting:
- WILL/Illinois Public Media: http://will.illinois.edu/news/story/urbana-library-board-announces-separation-agreement-with-executive-director
- News-Gazette: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-07-09/updated-urbana-library-seek-early-separation-director.html
- Smile Politely: http://smilepolitely.com/culture/can_we_use_this_experience_to_make_our_library_more_beloved_than_ever/
If you would like to view the full meeting, please see the archived stream.
(11 p.m. July 9)
More soon, but there were dozens of people who remained in the Library's auditorium, waiting for the Board to return from closed session. At around 10 p.m. the Board returned with the announcement that Director Lissak would be pursuing early separation; details will be forthcoming.
Many issues remain on the table: grievance policy and strategic planning among them. We've got movement in the 'right' direction, but much work remains to be done.