The Double-Dipping Librarian

The former director of a central Illinois library has been preliminarily charged with felony theft after more than $10,000 was stolen from the facility.

Court officials say 42-year-old Eric Colclasure was arrested Friday and made a brief appearance Tuesday in Livingston County Circuit Court. The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reports bond was set at $100,000. He has not entered a plea.

Prosecutors claim that between early April and early June, Colclasure redirected checks that Heartland Community College paid the Pontiac library to lease space. The money went to an account at another library where Colclasure was also head librarian.

A message left at a Pontiac phone listed for Colclasure was not returned. He resigned from the Pontiac library in August.

Need a job? His former library is hiring.

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Being from the area and

Being from the area and knowing that library system, I don't advise taking it up unless you're desperate. The pay is poor, resources poorer, and interest near non-existent.

If you're ok with that, we could certainly use someone with the dedication to turn things around, but they need to know what they're getting into.

Illinois State Library

The Illinois State Library will also soon be unable to fund library systems, which means these small rural areas will really suffer and may end up eliminating or severely restricting commonly used services such as interlibrary loan.

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