The WPL board writes that it is committed to delivering the best possible library service to this community and uses that as the gauge for all decisions.
When you examine the attendance for WPL Board meetings in 2009, there was a lot of absenteeism. There were 9 meetings during the year and one member missed 5. Another missed 4 and 4 others missed 3 meetings. At one meeting, 4 Board members were absent while 2 others were present by teleconference. And 2008 wasn’t much better. There were 10 meetings that year. Ian MacLean the Councillor missed 6 meetings (3 in a row) and
another missed 4. Two missed 3 apiece and 4 others missed 2. Most Board Chairs and CEOs I know would be more than a little upset with this kind of track record.
Quite a track record for a board committed to delivering the best possible library service to the community and looking out for the best library interests of the citizens of Waterloo. This is a board struggling for months “with the direction that the library is currently undertaking and the plan it is currently undertaking”? It seems to me that only those that attend regularly actually want to continue that plan and that Ms Matyas was fired for not enthusiastically implementing the hidden agenda of the active board members.
The Waterloo Chronicle reports Jackson said “we do not believe we would have been able to execute the plan that we collectively have decided is the future of the community.” Community is not qualified by the word “library”. Interesting words coming from the man who wants to amalgamate Waterloo with Kitchener. I don’t believe WPLB should be
deciding the future of Waterloo on its own; it should stick to planning for the library needs of Waterloo with full input from the citizens of Waterloo. Is Jackson’s plan really in the best interests of Waterloo Public Library users and Waterloo taxpayers?