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Mr. Mark Ranum

Head

Pioneerland Library System

HQ Phone: (320) 235-6106

Email: m***@***.us

Pioneerland Library System

410 W Fifth

Willmar, Minnesota 56201

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

Board
Plum Creek Library System

Chair
Hennepin County Library

President
Minnesota Library Association

Director
Plum Creek Library System

Reference Services Coordinator
East Central Regional Library

Affiliations

FY13-14 Member
The Southwest Area Multicounty Multitype Interlibrary Exchange

Web References (67 Total References)


Mark Ranum, head of ...

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Mark Ranum, head of Pioneerland and Plum Creek Library systems (over 50 local libraries in southwest Minnesota) traveled to this meeting from his home in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area. At this meeting I learned the following:

1. Librarians and other library employees were told that any opposition to Pioneerland policies would be considered "insubordinate. Mr. Ranum, as head of the system, will decide who and what is or is not "insubordinate. As most any employee knows, "insubordination" is very often given as a reason for immediate firing, often with loss of all benefits accrued, and little or no chance to find other work.
2. According to Mr. Ranum, local persons, including library workers, commissioners, library board members and the general public will be allowed no effective "say" or contribution regarding who is hired to work at, or be in charge of, any local library. Hiring decisions will be made by Pioneerland hierarchy alone, although local people (under certain circumstances and within certain limits defined by Pioneerland) "may" be "allowed some input. It was made quite clear that no local "input" would influence a Pioneerland decision on who would work in any local library.
3. Mr. Ranum stated quite forcefully that any book (or any library item) that has not been "checked out" in five years must be removed immediately from library shelves, no matter what. Mr. Ranum made it very clear that the purpose of libraries under his control is to provide readers/users with desirable current popular items, and that the library is no longer a "storehouse of knowledge" or place to do research. I was informed by Mr. Ranum that Pioneerland libraries are not "academic" libraries; they are there mainly to provide the people with "wanted items," and Pioneerland policies and procedures would determine what "wanted items" are.
4. Mr. Ranum also stated that it was his firm opinion (and Pioneerland policy) that a college or graduate library degree and accredited professional study/training were not as important in his (Pioneerland's) hiring process or philosophy as "other meaningful experience. What is or is not "other meaningful experience" in the hiring and promotion policy will, of course, be decided by the Pioneerland hierarchy.
I found these statements very interesting and enlightening. I believe that Mr. Ranum's very clear, strong statements indicate exactly and accurately Pioneerland's attitudes and policies concerning local people and local libraries.
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Head Librarian Mark Ranum did reply in writing, but not in a public forum; instead, he sent his comments to board members and all of the Pioneerland librarians.
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Mark Ranum also wrote that I "made several very inappropriate comments about several of our librarian staff. That is not true. Mr. Ranum then sent this untrue statement to board members and to all Pioneerland staff.


Latest Area News Headlines | KWOA 730 AM News Radio

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WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed Friday in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System, in connection with his personal use of the business credit card.

According to the criminal complaint, an audit from an accounting firm in September 2014 received by a Worthington Police Detective indicated several thousand dollars worth of credit card charges made by Ranum did not appear to be business expenses related to the Plum Creek Library System.
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WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed today in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System.
The complaint alleges that Ranum used the business card issued to him by the Plum Creek Library System for personal use. He allegedly used the card multiple times at a variety of locations from April through August of 2014. He has reimbursed Plum Creek for the charges made on the credit card, but the complaint alleges the use of the card to make personal purchases was a violation of Minnesota law that prohibits a public officer or employee...


News | KWOA 730 AM News Radio

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WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed Friday in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System, in connection with his personal use of the business credit card.

According to the criminal complaint, an audit from an accounting firm in September 2014 received by a Worthington Police Detective indicated several thousand dollars worth of credit card charges made by Ranum did not appear to be business expenses related to the Plum Creek Library System.
Former Plum Creek Library Director charged for using business credit card for personal use Published by jwettschreck on Friday, October 2nd, 2015
WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed today in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System.


Latest Area News Headlines | KWOA 730 AM News Radio

www.kwoa.com [cached]

WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed Friday in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System, in connection with his personal use of the business credit card.

According to the criminal complaint, an audit from an accounting firm in September 2014 received by a Worthington Police Detective indicated several thousand dollars worth of credit card charges made by Ranum did not appear to be business expenses related to the Plum Creek Library System.
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WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed today in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System.
The complaint alleges that Ranum used the business card issued to him by the Plum Creek Library System for personal use. He allegedly used the card multiple times at a variety of locations from April through August of 2014. He has reimbursed Plum Creek for the charges made on the credit card, but the complaint alleges the use of the card to make personal purchases was a violation of Minnesota law that prohibits a public officer or employee...


Latest Area News Headlines | KWOA 730 AM News Radio

www.kwoa.com [cached]

WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed Friday in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System, in connection with his personal use of the business credit card.

According to the criminal complaint, an audit from an accounting firm in September 2014 received by a Worthington Police Detective indicated several thousand dollars worth of credit card charges made by Ranum did not appear to be business expenses related to the Plum Creek Library System.
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WORTHINGTON - Charges were filed today in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System.
The complaint alleges that Ranum used the business card issued to him by the Plum Creek Library System for personal use. He allegedly used the card multiple times at a variety of locations from April through August of 2014. He has reimbursed Plum Creek for the charges made on the credit card, but the complaint alleges the use of the card to make personal purchases was a violation of Minnesota law that prohibits a public officer or employee...

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