Magazine article American Libraries

Virginia Librarian Is Third to Leave in Six Years

Magazine article American Libraries

Virginia Librarian Is Third to Leave in Six Years

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The trustees of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christians-burg, Virginia, accepted the resignation of Library Director Terri Walker October 20, making her the third director in six years to leave, according to the October 22 Roanoke Times. Board chair David McCrumb told reporters October 7 that she "felt that she needed to work someplace else and we did not disagree with her." Walker was given a five-month severance package.

Walker was hired in January 1998 to replace Karen Dillon, who resigned under pressure after the board objected to her management style. Dillon's predecessor was Carol Veitch, who was fired for similar reasons in 1993.

At the same meeting, the board agreed to hire a management consultant to improve relations with staff, monitor the library's financial and personnel situation more closely, and appoint interim managers for each of the three branches.

Complaints surfaced in the summer when the board began questioning Walker's management style, priorities, and a staff turnover of 25 since she took over. …

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