Taking over the Salt Lake City Library promised to be a tough task for whoever took the job.
Anyone trying to fill the shoes of the much-loved Nancy Tessman risked being found wanting by the library's patrons and its dedicated staff. The woman who shepherded the creation of the library's downtown jewel, named Library of the Year in 2006, made it such a warm, welcoming and vibrant place that any new director faced the likelihood of being "The person who came after Nancy."
Add to that the nature of the library profession. Those who practice it are, by definition, well-read, devoted to the sharing of knowledge and information throughout their community and, these days, about as cyber-literate as they come. When a library's staff and volunteers are this devoted to the institution and to the community it serves, they are unlikely to stand silent for any management plan they see as destructive, not of just their job, but of their cause.