Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Elmwood Public Library Looks to a Fresh Start

Elmwood Public Library director fired. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 6/20/2012)

Excerpt: The board considered allegations, in part, that Geraets: [emphasis added]
  • Falsified circulation counts of library users. 
  • Submitted false circulation reports to Dunn and Pierce counties and the state Department of Public Instruction between 2002 and 2011. 
  • Submitted false library employee wage totals to the DPI. 
  • Directed library employees to make false reports, possibly out of fear of losing their jobs. 
  • Engaged in inappropriate, insubordinate and/or demoralizing behavior, including calling village trustees names and swearing and cussing at village personnel. 
  • Failed to properly catalog books she removed from the library. 
  • Library bank deposits did not match receipt registers. 
  • Failed to properly protect library patrons' privacy. 
  • In 2006, she received a 2.5 percent pay raise while other staff did not. 
  • Forged Weix's signature on a report in 2010. 
  • Created such a hostile work environment that part-time employees Linda Weber and Debbie Helmer resigned May 31.

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