There's library excitement in Dixie, and I'm not talking about that cute Ubiquitous Librarian guy (hi, Brian!)!
The Annoyed Librarian works in a very dull library, so it's always exciting to read about other libraries' soap operas. The only excitement we ever get is when a brisk wind flips the assistant director's comb-over.
First comes a letter to the Atlanta Journal & Constitution from a member of the Gwinnet County Library Board reporting on a closed board meeting:
"Dear fellow citizens of Gwinnett County,
It has come to my attention that certain factions intend to take over the management of the Gwinnett Public Library System. Activists led by Phyllis Oxendine, a board member, intend to fire the library's director, Jo Ann Pinder, at the next library board meeting on June 12th at the Five Forks branch. They also intend to fire and replace much of the top staff. Mrs. Oxendine has stated that she and two other board members (a majority) will vote together to dismiss Ms. Pinder without cause."
Then the "certain factions" moved to the web according to this story. The certain factions are watching you, GCPL.
Apparently, the library discards 20% of its books every year and stocks nothing but bestsellers. But no, says the library: "'We have to keep our collection fresh. We are the busiest library in Georgia,” she said. “We are not a traditional old-school library. We give our community best sellers because that’s what they want to checkout.' The classics, she said, are available through e-books and computer downloads and each branch has its own classics collection. "
They're no "old-school" library. If you're an old fuddy duddy and want to read a classic, you'll just have to get a computer and download it! The community only wants to check out bestsellers. Except, I suppose, for that irritating part of the community that wants to fire the director because she stocks only bestsellers.
But wait, is it just the classics? No, it seems that the trouble started when the director sold all of the videos:
"After thieves eventually made off with more than 17,000 DVDs and music CDs, Gwinnett's library board quietly shuts down the 5-year-old program and begins selling off the remaining inventory. Pinder recommends the move."
How do they lose 17,000 DVDs and CDs? That seems like a lot to me. Did some burly guys in a big van just back up to the library and start loading them in?
And who's leading the protesting about the videos and the classics? It's those weird homeshooling people! We don't want to listen to them, the director probably said! But why do they care so much about the videos? Are they classic videos or something? I don't understand. This is such a crazy story, I can't wait for June 12 to find out what happens!
This would make a great murder mystery! I mean, if anyone actually got murdered, which I'm assuming won't happen. It must be so exciting to be a librarian at the GCPL and see all the great publicity your library is getting. It's not like that boring old Monmouth, IL library with its broken sprinkler, that's for sure.
UPDATE: Wow! That board voted to fire the director! And since she was fired without cause, they have to pay her a year's salary of $127,000! How come I can't get fired from jobs like that?