CONWAY LIBRARY MEETING THURSDAY

by Gair on September 27, 2012

CONWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEES WILL MEET WITH EMPLOYEES THURSDAY AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS THEIR WEEKEND DECISION TO REVERSE A CONTROVERSIAL RESTRUCTURING PLAN THAT COULD HAVE ELIMINATED FOUR LIBRARY JOBS.

THE LIBRARY WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE FOR THE 3:30 P.M. MEETING BUT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ALLOWED TO ACCESS IT.

IN A PUBLIC STATEMENT RELEASED SEPTEMBER 18TH, LIBRARY DIRECTOR TARA THOMAS SAID THE LIBRARY WAS IN A TIME OF TRANSITION AND SHE AND THE TRUSTEES HAD AGREED ON THE RESTRUCTURING PLAN BECAUSE “IT’S CRITICAL TO USE OUR STAFF RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY.”

THE PLAN DREW HEAVY CRITICISM AFTER IT WAS ANNOUNCED, INCLUDING PROTESTERS OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY, CRITICAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND COLUMNS IN THE CONWAY DAILY SUN DENOUNCING THE DECISION – AND CRITICAL EDITORIALS FROM THE SUN ITSELF, INCLUDING ONE IN THURSDAY’S EDITION CALLING FOR THOMAS TO RESIGN AS DIRECTOR.

THE PLAN WAS RESCINDED BY TRUSTEES AT AN EMERGENCY SESSION AT THE LIBRARY SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

TRUSTEE TED SARES SAYS IT TAKES COURAGE TO ADMIT YOU MADE A MISTAKE – AND EVEN THOUGH THE RESTRUCTURING AT THE LIBRARY STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE – THE TRUSTEES HAVE ADMITTED THE WAY IT WAS HANDLED WAS WRONG.

HE HOPED THURSDAY’S MEETING WOULD BE A WAY TO GET THINGS MOVING IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION.

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