Friday, February 6, 2015

Papillon City Council Members Morph into Power Rangers When It Comes to the Library

Don't ask me why, but the opening credits to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, very popular with my 2 sons when it was first broadcast, came to mind while reading this article.

It's not just Papillon (pah-pill-yun). 

There seems to be a movement afoot to morph library boards from administrative (Nebraska Revised Statutes 51-211 et al.) to advisory bodies, particularly in first class cities.

Papillion City Council votes for having more control of library. (Omaha World-Herald, 2/3/2015)
Three years ago, a state law [language found below] passed giving city councils authority to approve a library director’s personnel policies. 

Members of the library board, however, didn’t support the proposal, saying they saw it as the city taking control of the library away from them. Last week, the board endorsed an amendment by Councilman Tom Mumgaard [first elected to the council in 1994] that would keep more control with the board.

Make-up of Papillion City Council:  7 men and 1 woman.

Full text of LB470 is found here.   According to Richard Miller, Library Development Consultant for the Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska Library Association testified in favor of the bill.  The Commission provided testimony for information only, i.e., it remained neutral on the matter.

Papillion is a south suburb of Omaha.

 Source:  Wikipedia

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