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Library Journal | Retirements and discontent create an exodus in Boulder


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The Boulder Public Library (CO) has lost or will soon lose several key members of its senior staff. Retirements explain some of the departures, but there also has been an undercurrent of consternation with the city manager’s growing and, some would say, overbearing role in library affairs.

Tony Tallent, the former director, now the Director of Literacy and Learning for the Richland Public Library, SC, told LJ that the exodus was merely a result of new career opportunities for some coinciding with retirement for others.

Tallent, a 2008 LJ Mover and Shaker, left Boulder in July after only two years there. He described Boulder as a fantastic place to work, and said he had personal reasons for wanting to relocate back to the Southeast.

“I think a lot of things just seem to be colliding at the same time,” he said. “It’s easy to draw conclusions from that but I wouldn’t.”

City Manager Jane S. Brautigam, who was hired in October 2008, told LJ she was sorry Tallent had left.

“I feel like Tony was forward thinking, and I was really pleased with the energy and passion that he brought here,” she said. “We have an incredible library and the employees are running a great organization that our community loves,” she added.

Political pressures on library administration
But more than two sources knowledgeable about Tallent’s departure told LJ that Brautigam had become disenchanted with the library’s administration, specifically with Tallent and with assistant director Lynn Reed, who had been instrumental in Tallent’s hiring.

Read the entire article in the Library Journal: Retirements and Discontent Create an Exodus in Boulder.

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