January 20, 2022

New York: After Being Fired For Closing Library Early, Round Lake Librarian Reinstated

From The Times Union (Albany, NY):

As its first order of business, a newly appointed seven-member [Round Lake Library] Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting Wednesday night and unanimously voted to reinstate longtime librarian Theresa Marchione to her job with back pay.

“Come on back, Theresa,” said Bill Ryan as sustained applause from the audience filled Village Hall.

Marchione, a familiar face at the Wesley Avenue facility for decades, had been terminated for shutting down the library 40 minutes early on May 29 because of a tornado warning. A powerful twister touched down later in nearby Vischer Ferry.

Since Marchione’s dismissal, upset residents in this tiny municipality have galvanized around her, prompting the resignation of the seven board members under pressure followed by the departure of Library Director Carol Sheffer.

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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.