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County to discuss library issues
The director of the Three Rivers Regional Library System will be the subject of discussion at today's Glynn County Commission work session.

Commissioners want to know why the library system's director, Linda Kean, is unable to provide financial information for the fiscal year that ended June 30 until January.

They will also discuss Kean's decision to reject Jim Darby's appointment to the Three Rivers board of directors. And they want to know why Kean says she is not going to renew an agreement between the Brunswick-Glynn County Library and the St. Simons Island Library support fund.

The library and other issues will be discussed when the commission meets at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the Harold Pate Building.

Glynn County Commissioner Clyde Taylor said he is uncertain what will happen to the St. Simons Island Library if Kean continues to maintain her position that she will not renew the agreement.

"She is not going to close that library," Taylor said. "That's not in the cards if the agreement is not renewed."

Kean did not return calls to her office for comment Monday. It's uncertain if she will attend today's commission meeting to respond to the criticism.

Taylor said Kean should be capable of providing current financial updates but is unable to do so in a timely manner.

The county provides the library a supplement of $60,000.

"We feel like we should understand how state money is allocated," Taylor said. "It's a matter of not getting financial data. We get kind of brushed back."

Kean refused to accept the county commission's appointment of Darby to the regional board of directors, saying he didn't meet guidelines.

Darby held Kean's job as regional library director until he retired about eight years ago.

Taylor said Kean rejected Darby's appointment because he worked as a consultant with the Camden County library system after his retirement. Anyone appointed to the regional library board cannot have been an employee in one of the system's libraries for at least six years, Taylor said.

County officials maintain Darby is eligible to serve on the board because he was a consultant in Camden County, not a full-time library employee.

Taylor said Kean "runs roughshod" over staff and board members, which concerns commissioners.

But Taylor conceded commissioners have little control over a regional library director who oversees 10 libraries in seven Southeast Georgia counties.

"I don't know what we're going to accomplish other than to air our complaints," Taylor said.

In addition to Glynn, the regional library system includes the counties of Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Long, McIntosh and Wayne.

The St. Simons Island Library operated as a private facility until its merger with the Brunswick-Glynn County Library.

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