Statement before the Glenn A. Walsh
Board of Directors,
Asset District Telephone: 412-561-7876
Electronic Mail: < email@example.com >
Internet Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
2005 June 6
Good evening. I am Glenn A.
April, The Carnegie Library of
Director who does not meet State minimum standards for Library Directors. Although
Dr. Barbara K. Mistick has strong academic credentials, as well as business experience,
she has no formal library training.
Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code requires that all State-funded public libraries, with a
service area population of 20,000 or greater, shall be administered by a Library Director
who---and I quote—“has a 5th-year degree in library service from a school approved by
the appropriate Commonwealth agency or accredited by the American Library Association.”
The purpose of this regulation is to ensure that taxpayer-funded public libraries are
administered by a professional librarian, one who is trained by an accredited library
and truly understands the needs of a public library. And, in an
letter (copy of letter, attached), I reminded the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees of
this State requirement!
For more than six years, Carnegie Library was out of compliance with State regulations
while Herb Elish served as Director. Now, Carnegie Library proposes to continue to
remain out of compliance with State regulations, for who-knows how many more years!
I am sure you are asking how this is legally possible.
for any other
certain politicians on the Carnegie Library Board seem to have political connections in
for Mr. Elish.
The real purpose of such waivers is to allow a library a transition period, perhaps a year
or so, to find a good and qualified Library Director. Such waivers were never meant to
allow libraries to have permanent, non-professional library directors for six years or longer!
However, politics being what it is, the State Department of Education will probably, again,
look the other way and issue, yet, another waiver for Dr. Mistick.
feels they are above the law. And, State regulations, such as Title 22, do have the
legal force of State law.
I know you do not serve on the Library Board, and you do not like to micromanage any asset.
However, does there not come a point in time when you have to say
“enough is enough—Carnegie Library should comply with State law, as all other
RAD-funded libraries must” ?