Newspaper Asks Board Members About Library Card Usage

"The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago has done some unusually aggressive reporting on candidates for the Cook Memorial Public Library District board, asking them how often they use their library cards. "

Some board members admitted that they signed for library cards only after they decided to run for library board members, others explained that they only used them few times a year. The majority of the library board member candidates said that they have used their library cards more often.

I think that this question should be a standard part of interviews or procedures when new library board members are hired. It is fair to know how often library board members use the libraries they want to govern. After all like everything else around us libraries experience dramatic technology change and people who are not familiar with library services should not make executive decisions.

Via: Library Journal

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