Medina Director Resigns, Foes Quick to Take Credit

By Kniffel, Leonard | American Libraries, August 1998 | Go to article overview

Medina Director Resigns, Foes Quick to Take Credit


Kniffel, Leonard, American Libraries


After 12 years of service -- the last two embroiled in an often contentious battle over age-neutral access policies -- Medina County (Ohio) District Library Director Bob Smith announced June 4 that he would resign, effective at the end of the month. Although he offered the perennial "to pursue other opportunities" reason for his departure, opponents of the library's policy of offering unfiltered Internet access to children have been quick to claim victory.

In a posting on the Publib listserv June 8, Michelle Yezerski of Citizens for the Protection of Children (CPC) said, "The local papers won't print the whole story but the larger newspapers and various community residents know the `other reasons' why he is `resigning.' From what I have heard, the board finally made a positive decision."

Medina library board President Fran Hansen told American Libraries that Yezerski's assertions were incorrect and that there had been no effort on the part of the board to get Smith to resign.

Smith has been quite successful in rallying board and community support to resist CPC's efforts to get the library to install filtering software. Last year, a Medina library tax levy passed with 57.2% of the vote. Asked if he'd been pressured to step down, Smith said absolutely not. He told AL that he simply achieved all that he expected to achieve at Medina and would be seeking a position with more challenges.

Medina County Library District was named "Library of the Year" in the June 15 issue of Library Journal. …

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