March 18, 2018

Ex-Detroit Library Official Timothy Cromer Sentenced to Ten Years

Former Detroit Public Library chief administrative and technology officer Timothy Cromer was sentenced on September 16 to ten years in federal prison. He had been charged with taking more than $1.4 million in bribes and kickbacks from library contractors.

Detroit Contractor Indicted for Library Kickbacks

James Henley, owner of Core Consulting and Professional Services, was indicted on January 31 for allegedly paying kickbacks to an unnamed Detroit Public Library official, according to the FBI.

Detroit Library Executive Director Mondowney Reinstated

Jo Anne Mondowney, the executive director of the Detroit Public Library, has been reinstated to her position, according to The Detroit News. Her existing contract expired today, and the new deal will involve a month-to-month contract until a longer-term deal can be arranged. Mondowney’s lawyer, Hideaki Sano, told The Detroit News that Mondowney is interested in returning to the position.

Detroit Director Placed on Leave

This article has been updated to include an excerpt from a letter from the president of the union. A committee of the Detroit Public Library Commission voted Tuesday to put Executive Director Jo Anne Mondowney on paid administrative leave until her contract expires Aug. 24, three years to the day since she joined the system, […]

Second Protest Held Outside Closed Detroit Library Branch

Protesters again rallied today outside the Lincoln Branch of the Detroit Public Library to object to the library commission’s November 15 decision to close the Lincoln branch and three others (as LJ reported). The protest, which drew about 20 participants according to numerous media reports, was organized by a group called By Any Means Necessary […]

Detroit Public Library Will Shutter Four Branches

The Detroit Public Library Commission voted on November 15 to close four branches effective December 22. The decision will leave the city’s library system with 20 locations. “In closing libraries, it is always with despair,” said Jo Anne Mondowney, the library’s director. “In many areas, the library is an iconic place for the community, and […]