May 22, 2022

Special Collections: “Boston Public Library Fires Employee Who Oversaw Misfiled Prints”

From The Boston Globe:

The Boston Public Library has quietly fired a longtime employee who had been placed on paid leave as authorities investigated the disappearance of two prints worth more than $600,000 which were later discovered misfiled at the Copley Square branch.

Susan Glover, who joined the library staff in 1999 and had served as keeper of special collections since 2007, was notified earlier this month that she had been discharged, according to her lawyers.


Glover’s departure was first reported in The Boston Courant, but the revelation that she was discharged was a new development on Friday.


Glover, who was the only employee placed on paid leave during the investigation, had always maintained that the prints were misfiled and felt vindicated when they were recovered inside the library, according to Burke.

“Historically, items would go missing, and she indicated as much from the beginning, that the items were misplaced,” [Mark E.] Burke, [one of Glover’s attorney’s] said. “It is her position that this was common and that the BPL administration was aware of it.”

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See Also: Missing Boston Public Library Artwork Found (They Were Misfiled!) (June 4, 2015)

See Also: Report: “Boston Public Library Assessing Rare Book Section After Mold Outbreak” (September 19, 2015)

See Also: Curator Profiles: Susan Glover (Boston Public Library via Wayback Machine)

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