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Gerber/Hart unready to re-open
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-04-05

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A year after closing and moving to a new location, Chicago's LGBT library has yet to set a reopening date.

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives remains closed while the buildout on its new Rogers Park home is completed.

Brad Tucker, board president, said that the reopening is dependent upon an elevator inspection from the city. Without it, the library cannot accept a shelving delivery to house the books.

"The movers are advising of us dates for the actual assembly and move in of the library (again dependent on the elevator)," Tucker wrote in a statement to Windy City Times.

At a February public meeting, Tucker had predicted an early spring opening.

"I'm ready to have the movers be there on March 15, and that is not a promise," he said in February. "That's my expectation as of right now."

Gerber/Hart's reopening has been repeatedly pushed back over the last year, after the library moved in to an unfinished space. The move came amid accusations that the organization had shut out community members while its board had shrunk to a handful of directors.

The board has since promised increased transparency. Tucker took over as a president during controversy, replacing longtime president, Karen Sendziak, who is still on the board.

Rosemary Mulryan, a former Gerber/Hart board president, has since been heading up a taskforce, aimed at growing the board of directors.

Tucker said that work is also moving along.

"There won't be any announcement of names until after the entire process is completed," he said.

But, he added, he would like to remain on as president through the end of the year.


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