August 21, 2021

Indianapolis Public Library CEO To Step Down After Accounts Of Bias In The Workplace

Jackie Nytes has been with the Indianapolis Public Library for 23 years. Her current term was scheduled to end later this year. - Indianapolis Public Library

Jackie Nytes has been with the Indianapolis Public Library for 23 years. Her current term was scheduled to end later this year.

Indianapolis Public Library

Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes will step down from her leadership effective at the end of August, the library board announced Friday.

The move comes after months of accounts from current and former employees who said they experienced instances of racism, sexism and ableism from library leadership, including Nytes. She had previously denied claims and said she had no plans to step down.

In a written statement, she said she is proud of her work, "from our efforts with technology literacy and e-books to partnerships with arts and cultural organizations to our intentional efforts to diversify our materials."

Nytes has been with the library for 23 years. Her current term was scheduled to end later this year. The Library Board issued a joint statement of thanks, but it also said it is the right time for a leadership change.

“We look forward to finding the next CEO and working with Library staff to guide this important community pillar into its next phase of service for Marion County residents,” the board said.

An interim CEO is expected to be named next week. 

 

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