Tag: Birmingham Public Library

Survey Finds Low Morale at the Library; Board Expects Another Executive Session May 8 to Discuss Executive Director

May 2, 2018 – Members of a Birmingham Public Library committee told the system’s new executive director Wednesday that morale in the system is low and employees are concerned about internal communications and security.

The committee members advised embattled Executive Director Floyd Council to resume employee orientations and communicate more with all library employees, not just managers.

The advice came after an employee morale survey was conducted last month. Members of the Long-Range Planning Committee who met Wednesday discussed highlights of that survey with Council.

This is the third meeting of a library board group to discuss Council since complaints about his leadership went public.

The library’s board of trustees is meeting again Tuesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the six-month performance review for Council, who was appointed in mid-November.

Board attorney Veronica Merritt said she expects to advise the trustees go into executive session to have that discussion because of employee privacy and legal considerations.

If they do, it will be the third executive session conducted to discuss issues surrounding Council.
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Birmingham Library Board Discusses Personnel Issues in Closed Session

The Birmingham Public Library board of trustees spent an hour Tuesday in an executive session called to discuss “complaints and possible litigation involving an employee under the supervision of the library board.” Afterward, the board announced a meeting of the Personnel Committee would be held Thursday morning. The executive session and committee meeting follow pointed public criticism of the library’s new executive director. Read more.

All’s Not Quiet at Birmingham Public Library: Board Surveys Employees after Criticism of Director

Update: Library Personnel Committee Meets in Closed Session, Will Report to Library Board Next Month

A survey asking the Birmingham Public Library’s 285 employees about staff morale was conducted last week amid growing concerns over employee dissatisfaction and public criticism of the library’s new executive director.

James Sullivan, president of the BPL board of trustees, said the staff survey was prompted in part by concern about unfavorable comments from BPL employees in response to an online article about the library’s new executive director, Floyd Council.

“We’ve seen the comments, and we are taking everyone’s concerns seriously. We are doing the survey to see what people are saying and to gauge morale. Whatever they say, we are going to address and take appropriate action,” said Sullivan, who has served on the board since 2016 and was reappointed in 2018.

Comments posted by people who identified themselves as BPL employees detailed concerns about Council’s treatment of employees, his management style and the loss of key personnel who resigned in recent months. Read more.