Yesterday someone posted a comment on what seems to me a strange phenomenon at the Trenton (NJ) Public Library. The commenter provided a series of links to news articles and noted that the director was leaving after only 6 months on the job. This link should bring up the relevant articles. (This is the craziest library scandal I've heard about in the Garden State since the tax shenanigans in Upper Saddle River last summer. I never did follow up on that. Wonder what happened.)
According to one of the articles, "For the fifth time in six years, the Trenton Public Library System is losing its top administrator."
Fifth time in six years! What are they doing to these poor directors? I can only assume that being director of the Trenton Public Library is a library job that sucks. What other explanation can there be? That they just get tired of living in New Jersey and pack up and leave? Actually, that could be it. I've been to New Jersey. It's not a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. (And for my readers from the Garden State: I'm just kidding! For the rest of you: no, I'm not.)
But this guy couldn't leave fast enough. See this story dated March 23rd: "A week after announcing he would leave the Trenton Public Library in late April, Director Scott Hughes abruptly stepped down from his position Friday." Hughes wasn't wasting any time, was he?
According to one of the articles, there were "rumors" he was being fired for "not following procedures." Given that the library seems to have had five directors in six years, I can't imagine what the procedures were that he allegedly wasn't following. Perhaps he didn't tender his resignation the day he started the job, and the Trenton folks got panicky that he might stay on the job longer than a year.
But according to the next story, the city council wants to interview him publicly to find out why he's leaving. So maybe he wasn't being fired. Maybe the job just sucks.
The mystery remains, at least until there's another article explaining it. Imagine these questions being read in one of those 1940s radio soap opera voices: What's going on at the Trenton Public Library? Why did Scott Hughes leave? Is being director of the Trenton Public Library a library job that sucks?
Tune in next week for the thrilling conclusion!
[Note to the person who posted the original comment--keep following this story so we can find out the thrilling conclusion.]