Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Protest of the Westland Library's Board of Directors

The library's board of directors has still not removed the library director, Sheila Collins who terminated 5 librarians just 2 days after they turned in union papers. These librarians were originally budgeted for by the 10 year 2012 millage that passed by 71% and the library currently has a $2.5+ million fund balance. They were replaced by 3 part-time "library associates" (with no health benefits) who have the exact same credentials (master's degrees in library science), but none of them were allowed to apply for these demoted positions.

The library board has also consistently refused to answer many citizen questions regarding these terminations. Mark Neal and Antoinette Martin have shown nothing but full support of the library director despite the overwheming evidence we have brought before them regarding her incompetence and inability to assess the library's staffing needs. Bob Johnson has told us that he does not believe the librarians should have been terminated and he thinks the director should resign. Delano Hornbuckle has said some things suggesting possible support, but his position is still ambiguous.

Protest at 5:15pm and Board Meeting at 6:00pm.

For more information, check out the Save the Westland Library facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/westlandlibrarians