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Urbana Free Library executive director to leave after book weeding scandal

“The Urbana Free Library will now be looking for a new executive director. Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting ended with President Chris Scherer announcing that the board came to an early separation agreement with current executive director Debra Lissak. Scherer said Lissak’s end date will be figured out in the next couple weeks as the trustees search for an interim director. This early separation agreement comes after last month’s special board meeting when dozens of Urbana residents spoke to the board about their disagreement with the rapid and extensive book weeding that happened in the nonfiction section of the library in early June. Carol Inskeep, an employee of adult services, said 9,600 books were weeded from nonfiction in a matter of four days.” (via The Daily Illini)

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Urbana library meeting allegedly violated law twice

“A spokesman for the Illinois attorney general’s office and an attorney for the Illinois Press Association say the Urbana Free Library board apparently violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act twice in the same meeting this week. “According to the Open Meetings Act, what they did appears to be in direct violation of the law,” Scott Mulford, a spokesman for the Illinois attorney general’s office, said on Friday. The apparent violations took place when the board reconvened following a closed session on Wednesday night.” (via News-Gazette.com)

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