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Published October 28, 2011 4:42 pm

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What happened:- Salt Lake City's library's embattled director resigns - The Salt Lake Tribune

Saying it was time to remove herself from the "hot seat," Beth Elder resigned Friday as director of Salt Lake City's award-winning library system.Her immediate resignation was accepted by the Library Board, which had called a special meeting to discuss the director. ...... The embattled Elder has been under fire from library employees, former library executives and the volunteer fundraising group Friends of the Library. ...

What we'd said about it:- Library renewal: Library's faults are at the top - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, 10/22/11

... Library Director Beth Elder has clearly lost the confidence of her own staff, professionals and volunteers. A recent staff survey, plus a constant stream of reports about how upper management is going out of its way to limit internal and external discussions, suggest what others have reasonably described as a "toxic atmosphere" that serves the community poorly. ...... Whatever path Elder and the board envision for the library will not be successful if they cannot win — earn — the necessary buy-in from their staff, volunteers and supporters.Failure to do that with one or two disgruntled librarians may be the fault of the employees. Failure to do that across the entire staff, the entire community, is a failure at the top.