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As Evanston moves to fire ‘Cranky Librarian,’ e-mails reveal longtime board plan to get rid of her

“Evanston library’s “Cranky Librarian” problem blew up in a major way during the last week. As the library’s board initiated abrupt termination proceedings for Lesley Williams (aka “Cranky”), e-mails surfaced revealing that board members and the library’s director had been conspiring to get rid of her for several years. (via Bleader)

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Embattled Evanston librarian returns from leave; could be fired over Facebook post

A popular Evanston librarian who returned from a 15-day disciplinary suspension last week now stands to lose her job after a termination hearing before library officials Friday morning.Lesley Williams, the Evanston Public Library’s Adult Services librarian, said she could be fired after being placed on disciplinary leave again for posting, “Some organizations are true leaders in practicing equity and inclusion. And some prefer to post signs on their bulletin boards. Evanston Public Library” on her Facebook page.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Embattled Evanston librarian questions timing of disciplinary actions

“Embattled Evanston librarian Lesley Williams on Wednesday said she wonders why she is facing disciplinary hearings now, when the infractions at issue happened months ago and did not draw attention at the time. “The real question is why these allegations are being made now, especially since one of the incidents occurred in September, and the others over the past several months. I was not disciplined for any of them at the time,” said Williams, in a statement. Her words came in response to a statement released Tuesday by trustees of the Evanston Public Library board in support of the library director and decrying Williams’ supporters, who have rallied around her and galvanized the community.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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