Library Meeting

by Cooper on October 5, 2012

in News

CONWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S LONGTIME CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN/PROGRAM DIRECTOR OLGA MORRILL WAS ONE OF SEVERAL SPEAKERS APPEARING BEFORE LIBRARY TRUSTEES THURSDAY AFTERNOON AS THE BOARD CONTINUED TO HEAR FEEDBACK ON ITS ABORTED PLAN TO ELIMINATE MORRILL’S JOB – AND THOSE OF THREE OTHER LIBRARIANS – AS PART OF A SO-CALLED RESTRUCTURING PLAN.

MORRILL – WHO HAS WORKED AT THE LIBRARY FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES – AND THE THREE OTHER LIBRARIANS AFFECTED BY THE PLAN HAVE FILED A FORMAL GRIEVANCE AGAINST LIBRARY DIRECTOR TARA THOMAS, ALLEGING SHE HAS ACTED IMPROPERLY IN CREATING “AN ENVIRONMENT OF HARASSMENT, UNPROFESSIONALISM AND ABUSE…”

THE LAWYER REPRESENTING MORRILL AND THE THREE OTHERS – ED ALKALAY – TOLD TRUSTEES HIS CLIENTS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE COMING TO WORK IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT AND SOME ARE SUFFERING PHYSICAL PROBLEMS DUE TO THE STRESS.

SEVERAL SPEAKERS URGED THE TRUSTEES TO QUICKLY DECIDE HOW TO RESOLVE THE SITUATION, SAYING IT IS AFFECTING LIBRARY USERS AS WELL.

AMONG THE SUGGESTIONS: FIRE THOMAS AND PROVIDE HER WITH A SEVERANCE PACKAGE – OR CONSIDER PLACING HER ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE UNTIL THE SITUATION IS RESOLVED.

THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO ISSUE SOME COMMENT ON THE SITUATION BY OCTOBER 14TH .

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