January 20, 2022

Georgia: Gwinnett County Library Director Fired

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The director of the Gwinnett County Library was fired “without cause” Wednesday night following a 3-1 vote by the Board of Trustees, the board chair said.

Nancy Stanbery-Kellam had served as executive director since Sept. 8, 2008***, Library Board Chairman Dick Goodman said in an emailed statement.

County funding for libraries has dropped from $18.9 million in 2009 to $15.1 million this year.


The board felt that new leadership would help the Gwinnett library system, Goodman said. “In a changing environment, all institutions and organizations, including libraries, flourish with a change in leadership,” he said.

Stanbery-Kellam will receive her salary for one year as severance.

See Also: “Library director fired without cause” (via Gwinnett Daily Post)

See Also: “Library director’s future uncertain” (via Gwinnet Daily Post; June 11, 2013) 

*** UPDATE-Correction: An infoDOCKET reader points out that the AJC is incorrect with Ms. Stanbery-Kellam’s hire date.

She was hired in 2006 not 2008.

The Gwinnet Daily Post confirms this. It says she was library director for seven years (2006).

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.