Tag: Birmingham Public Library
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.
The Birmingham City Council appointed two new members to the city’s Library Board by unanimous vote this week, including a replacement for the board’s longest-serving member. Read more.
The Personnel Committee of the Birmingham Public Library board of trustees met in closed session Thursday to discuss personnel matters but will not make its findings public until a written report is shared with the full board before its May 8 meeting. Read more.
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.
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.