Tuesday, August 27, 2013

News-Gazette Editor and Columnist Uses Urbana Library as Example of Illinois as a Place "Where Good Government Goes to Die"


Urbana Free Library

Excerpt (bullet points added):  In the last few months, for example,
  • our governor ordered that state legislators not be paid because he didn't like what they hadn't done; 
  • the Urbana Free Library mistakenly removed more than 9,000 books from its shelves, packed them up and sent them away, only to request they be returned; 
  • a local mass transit district that never provided mass transit service finally went out of business after collecting taxes for seven years; 
  • and it was discovered that a member of a local housing authority board was never appointed to it although she has been serving for four years.

Related posts: 
In my experience, standing-room only at a board or council or association membership meeting means that a lot of people are pissed -- really, really pissed!  (7/22/2013)
Urbana resident offers succinct performance evaluation of departing library director.   (7/19/2013)
News-Gazette editorial board on the Urbana Free Library "brouhaha": "Food fight over library personalities"?  (7/15/2013)
More from the Urbana Free Library.  (7/13/2013)
A song to mom to accompany a letter about mom.  (7/10/2013)
Urbana Free Library Board to Library Director Deb Lissak: Go your own way   (7/10/2013)
Urbana Free Library board member speaks out on weeding controversy.  (7/8/2013) 
The Urbana Free Library and a "dissonant rate of discard versus retention"  (7/3/2013)
Urbana Free Library holds special board meeting on June 19th.  (6/24/2013)
University of Illinois GSLIS faculty member advocates for televised library board meetings. / (6/24/2013)
Wondering about the "weeding" "misstep" at the Urbana Free Library.  (6/18/2013)

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