Statement before the †††††† Glenn A. Walsh
Lack of Publicity for††††††††† Telephone: 412-561-7876
ACLA Public Hearing†††††† Electronic Mail: < email@example.com >
On RAD Formula††††††††††††† 2007 July 16
Good evening. I am Glenn A. Walsh of
This evening, ACLA will hold its first official public
hearing. And, barely anyone even knows this hearing is going to happen!
However-many people show-up for this hearing tonight, there should be three or
four times that many, because people in
I understand that a flyer, publicizing the public hearing, was distributed to libraries. But, little other publicity occurred. At a previous Board meeting the President said that this public hearing would be advertised on the ACLA web site and in the press. Neither happened!!!
Oh yes, it was noted on the ACLA web siteís calendar. This is not advertising! Why did you not simply publicize the Summer Reading Program on the calendar? No, you prominently advertised the Summer Reading Program on the cover page of the web site, while there was not one mention of the public hearing on the web site cover page! How was a member of the public, looking at your web site cover page, supposed to know to look on your calendar page for the date of a public hearingóparticularly considering that ACLA has never before held a public hearing!!!
What was your media advertising budget for this public
hearing? Did you even distribute a news release? I found no actual news release
on your web site. And, apparently none of the media saw a news release either
because there was no mention of the public hearing in either
The lack of publicity for this public hearing clearly shows the ACLA managementís continual disinterest in public input, or anything else that is seen as an impediment to managementís empire-building agenda.
A second, well-publicized public hearing should be held in September, following the release of the consultantís draft report, to allow the public the ability to comment on the findings and recommendations of the consultant.
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