Magazine article American Libraries

Fired Director Sues Paris Library Board

Magazine article American Libraries

Fired Director Sues Paris Library Board

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Following a contentious annual membership meeting attended by some 130 members of the American Library in Paris June 20, Library Director Shirley Lambert revealed that she is filing suit against the board of directors for unemployment compensation under French law.

Lambert told American Libraries she had been "unilaterally" dismissed by the board's executive committee via letter in April. Other trustees got wind of the firing and organized a protest that culminated in members demanding that the dismissal be rescinded and calling for the removal of Board President Charmaine Donnelly and three others on the board. The meeting ended with Donnelly, who chaired, refusing to recognize the protesters, said Lambert, whose employment ended July 7.

Lambert, who began as ALP director in 2002, said she was fired for disagreeing with the board on financial and management issues. "They don't understand that policy-making is not running the library; the director runs the library," she said, adding that she has "a stack of support letters" from patrons who loved the programs and services she delivered. …

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