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Good Minutes Matter

Any organization with official meetings has official minutes. In Illinois, that’s not only a Robert’s Rules of Order requirement, but for the board of an elected body, it is a legal requirement as a central part of the Open Meetings … Continue reading

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Library bubbles

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about bubbles. Not the floaty, shiny kind of bubbles, but the kind where you might not even realize you are encased in one, with other people.  In the library world, we’ve been using the … Continue reading

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Of Legal Fees and FOIA requests

I am not a lawyer–let me start with that. I am a looking-for-work library director/children’s librarian, not an attorney. But I don’t think you have to be a lawyer to see that the Niles-Maine District Library taxpayers are wasting a … Continue reading

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What happened, and what’s next

The last three meetings of the Niles-Maine District Library have not gone very well for Board President Carolyn Drblik and Board Treasurer Joe Makula. At the Special Board meeting on June 30th (#9 in six weeks for those keeping score)  … Continue reading

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Does a Bad Board at a Public Library Really Matter?

As a wise and wonderful former colleague has said, the beautiful building at the corner of Oakton and Waukegan in suburban Niles, and all that it represents, are the work of the people who for 60 years built it, updated … Continue reading

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The Sheep and the “Friends”

The situation at the Niles-Maine District Library is dire. The director (me) was forced to resign three weeks ago, and an interim director has not yet been appointed. The next scheduled board meeting is the public hearing on the budget, … Continue reading

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A Disastrous Board President

Board President Carolyn Drblik at the Niles-Maine District Library is not my favorite person. You can tell that because the very first thing I did upon being forced to resign is block her in my phone so I never had … Continue reading

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Taking the Library Back to 1965

First: Apologies to those of you who follow this blog to hear about children’s librarianship. I will return to that topic soon, I promise. A new board was seated at the Niles-Maine District Library in suburban Chicago on May 19th. … Continue reading

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Opinionated for 25 Years

There aren’t many things that our newest Supreme Court Justice and I have in common, but I will admit to one: I, too, have held onto many calendars over the years.  And I stumbled across this one today, and casually … Continue reading

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Recipe for Storytime Success

My Storytime for Big Kids is the high point of my week, which is otherwise occupied with budgets and HR and planning and communicating with board and staff and the public. I actually enjoy that work too, and I like working … Continue reading

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