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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 49, December 3, 2006, Article 5

FORMER ANA LIBRARIAN SKLOW SPEAKS OUT

This must be our week for former ANA librarians.  David Sklow,
former director of the ANA’s Library and Research Center, speaks
out in a Guest Commentary in the December 11, 2006 issue of Coin
World.  It's a lengthy piece and readers should see that publication
for the full text.  With permission, here are the parts relating
to library matters of particular interest to numismatic bibliophiles
and researchers:

Sklow writes: "My removal from the staff can be directly attributed
to my inquiries into budgetary matters. I questioned why funds
donated to the library for book purchases are not used for that
purpose. I also inquired as to when the funds from the annual
Summer Seminar book sale would be available to the library for
book purchases and was told these funds would go into the general
operating budget.

"When I asked the ANA’s fund development manager and the ANA’s
controller why a library fund for library donations did not exist
(other than the Bass Foundation Fund), why the library budget
included retired employees’ dispersals and why the library’s
salary line item far exceeded that of the employees in the
department, I was given a warning ... that I had angered the
executive director and that I was not to discuss financial
matters with other staff members.

"If you cannot discuss financial matters with the fund development
manager and the controller, whom exactly can you ask? Certainly
not the Finance Committee. It no longer exists."

[Below are links to two previous E-Sylum articles triggered by
news of Sklow's dismissal by the ANA's Executive Director.  The
first article includes the email addresses of ANA Board members
for those wishing to contact the organization regarding these
matters. -Editor]

THE ANA AND THE BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD OF NUMISMATICS
esylum_v09n47a04.html

ANA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CONTRACT EXTENSION UPDATE
esylum_v09n48a11.html

Regarding the second article, Bill Rosenblum writes: "In October
employees at ANA headquarters were visited by someone who wanted
their opinion about the Executive Director for the possibility of
extending his contract. They were told that their answers would
be confidential although at least some did not feel they would be.
The question is, who hired this person? Was it the Board?"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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