Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beth Elder Resigns as Director of the Salt Lake City Library

Salt Lake library director resigns amid controversy. (Deseret News, 10/28/2011)

Excerpt:    The Salt Lake City Library Board of Directors on Friday unanimously accepted Elder's resignation after receiving multiple complaints on her management style and policy changes. Elder said stepping aside would help the library move forward.

"Being a lightning rod of controversy has detracted from the library's numerous accomplishments during the three-and-a-half years I have headed it," she said. "As a result, I can no longer effectively do my job of promoting and administering the Salt Lake City Public Library System."

Elder restructured library management and staffing roles, saying she had to make tough, but much-needed changes over the years.

However, most recently, one of the library's loyal fund-raising groups, Friends of the Library, threatened to withdraw future support unless changes were made. The group was pleased with the board's action on Friday.

Board members, however, praised Elder for the accomplishments made during her tenure.

Related posts:
Employment opportunity @ the Salt Lake City Public Library.  (10/28/2011)
Now in progress:  Meeting of the Salt Lake City library board.   (10/28/2011)
SLCPL continuing mess.  (10/23/2011)
Friends of the Salt Lake City Public Library to Administration: "Our faith and trust are shattered". (10/2/2011)
Hush money (alleged).  (10/19/2011)
"Employee Engagement" poll @ the Salt Lake City Public Library.  (10/19/2011)
Email, social media ukase @ the Salt Lake City Public Library. (10/19/2011)
Continued turmoil at library.  (4/30/2011)
Unhappy employees air grievances.  (3/15/2011)
'Boomeranging twist' at Salt Lake City Public Library.  (1/18/2011)
Management shake-up at library.  (1/3/2011)

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