Magazine article American Libraries

Georgia Reinvents Atlanta-Fulton Board

Magazine article American Libraries

Georgia Reinvents Atlanta-Fulton Board

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Years of accusations that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Board has been hampering library operations through micromanagement culminated April 7 in the passage of a state law that would shrink the board composition from 17 members to 11 and make it accountable to the Fulton County manager. "I understand [Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue] will sign it soon," AFPL board Vice-Chair Stephen M. Dorvee told American Libraries April 15.

Once it takes effect, SB 231 will end the terms of all current trustees as of June 30 and place oversight of the library with "the institution that pays for it," Dorvee said. Each of the seven county commissioners will appoint a trustee; additionally, the Atlanta city council will approve the nomination of two board members, and the mayor of Atlanta and the Fulton County Commission chair will either serve on the board ex-officio or name designees. SB 231 also makes the library's executive director accountable to the Fulton County manager instead of the board "for purposes of job performance, evaluation, and budgeting. …

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