The New York Daily News reports that "there's a scandal in the stacks at the Brooklyn Public Library."
The head of the system abruptly quit last week after a plan to lay off 13 employees backfired and ended in a very public embarrassment. Insiders said the firing fiasco was the last strike against Dionne Mack-Harvin. "The board was not happy with her," a source said. It wasn't supposed to end this way. Mack-Harvin took the post with great fanfare and a fabulous back story - the African-American daughter of a sharecropper who loved books and rose to her dream job.
After taking a 5% cut to her $80 million budget, Mack-Harvin hired corporate downsizing experts to fire 13 employees. The Five O'Clock Club, was being profiled at the time by a Washington Post reporter, who was allowed to witness the library bloodbath - and chronicled it in painful detail in this August article. The story of the Brooklyn PL firings is in the latter part of the article. More from the Daily News and the Village Voice.