Friday, February 4, 2011

Manitowoc Public Library Reorganization: Letter Writer Puts in a Plug for 'Trustee Essentials'

Letter: Reorganization best for library. (Herald-Times-Reporter, 2/3/2011)

Excerpt: Finally, since Mr. Kadow is so new to the MPL Board, he may not have yet read "Trustee Essentials: A Handbook for Wisconsin Public Library Trustees" (published by the DPI) and fully understand his role as a board member. Chapter 2 deals with the responsibilities of a library board in detail and includes the specific admonishment that "it is the director who hires and supervises other staff" and "library trustees should not be discussing library business with employees other than the director." (p. TE 2-2) It appears Mr. Kadow went public because he didn't get his way when the votes were counted. Kudos to the director and board who devised and supported a reorganization plan that advances state recommendations, doesn't impact the budget and provides patrons with the best possible service.

Related article:
System public library directors back Manitowoc Public Library reorganization plan. (2/2/2011)
Trustee addresses staff reorganization plan.  (1/25/2011)
Library Director on the changing nature of libraries.  (1/21/2011)
Library reorganization plan affects staff morale. (1/21/2011)
Staffing Changes in the Works at the Manitowoc Public Library. (12/24/2010)

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