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Link to Council passes over former professors, librarian to appoint cyber professional to Lafayette library board  (opens in new window)

Of the 10 people who applied for the volunteer position Tuesday, including a school librarian and two former university professors, two were nominated by Parish Council members to be voted on. Christie Maloyed was nominated by Council Chairman A.B. Rubin, the lone Democrat on the council. Erasto Padron Jr. was nominated by John Guilbeau.

Source: The Advocate

Link to Library likely broke Open Meetings Law in bid to fire Lafayette librarian (opens in new window)

North Regional Library Branch Manager Cara Chance survived an attempt by Library Board of Control President Robert Judge to fire her at Monday’s meeting after Judge accused her of “willful insubordination” over a teen romance book display that included titles with LGBTQ storylines.

But the board’s actions at Monday’s meeting appear to violate the state Open Meetings Law since the agenda did not give the public notice that the board would take action on Chance’s employment.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to Library board will support tax renewal (opens in new window)

The library system’s board of control, stocked now with ideological conservatives appointed in the wake of a string of controversies, will support an upcoming renewal. Just three years ago, the Lafayette Parish Library system was flush, sitting on $26 million in reserves and working with three property taxes. That hefty balance became a target for conservative activists, and a political campaign to defeat one tax renewal succeeded. Now, the system is operating at a deficit and with a much smaller reserve.

Via The Advocate
Local Voices

LETTER: Lafayette Parish library and economics

A strong library system is essential to the growth of Lafayette. So rather than shrink library services, the city-parish government and the library board need to sit down with industry, education, tourism, the arts, and law enforcement, and explain what the library does for each of them.

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