January 25, 2022

California: San Diego City Auditor Says Public Library Needs Internal Controls Immediately

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

The San Diego city library system lacks a set of rules and procedures governing such things as security, inventory, purchasing and revenue collection and should create those policies immediately, according to a letter from the city’s internal watchdog.

City Auditor Eduardo Luna, in a Dec. 2 letter, alerted the library staff that it lacked basic rules — known as “internal controls” — that are needed to assure the operation runs efficiently and lessens risks.

In response, Library Director Misty Jones said the staff will develop a plan to install the controls that Luna said are needed by July 2016.


Luna said that library officials attributed the lack of policies and procedures to the management structure of the department, which ran the library system “by location, rather than function.”

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Direct to the Full Text Letter From City Auditor to SDPL Director (8 pages; PDF)

UPDATE San Diego Union-Tribune Publishes Editorial: “Library System Fixes Shouldn’t Take So Long”

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