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The Landmark View

It's been a rough couple of years for the North Riverside Public Library District. In addition to suffering a referendum defeat that let the air out of a proposed long-term capital maintenance plan, the library has had three directors in the past three years — the latest bowing out unexpectedly at the end of the summer.

In addition, the loss of a couple of other key staffers has laid down a challenge to the library board to tighten up the library's administrative structure, including creating an assistant director position and filling the role with a longtime department head who knows how things — like the payroll system — operate.

In addition, the library board has reached out to a veteran library director to serve as an interim while they hammer out a job description for the new hire.

So despite the sudden loss of another director, it seems like the library board has worked quickly to steady the day-to-day administration of the facility.

Here's hoping the search for a new director reveals a candidate who will fit well in North Riverside and provide the stable leadership the organization deserves.

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Steven Spiro from NR  

Posted: September 20th, 2017 9:40 AM

A poorly thought-out and executed referendum (which, to me, were plusses since I didn't think taxpayer monies from the passage of a referendum would be used wisely and efficiently), taxpayer money tossed down the drain for consultant fees for the selection of pools of potential directors, three of whom that were hired, choosing to leave within relatively short periods of time, and the loss of several key library staffers. It's laudable that The Landmark thinks, "... it seems like the library board has worked quickly to steady the day-to-day administration of the facility". But, I can't help but wonder, why did it need such steadying in the first place? Maybe, there's an endemic problem with the board? I hope any plans for the announcement of a new referendum will be preceded by a lengthy demonstration of stable administrative competency by the board.

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