Fairfax library board to put its strategic plan to revamp system on hold, vice-chair says

“At a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting to discuss the outcry over proposed changes to the county library system, the vice-chair of the Fairfax library Board of Trustees said Tuesday night that “the entire matter of these changes will be put on hold” until the library board can get more input from library staff and customers. The board this summer adopted a “Strategic Plan” to revamp the library system in order to deal with declining budgets and advancing technology. But the plan called for reducing staff in the branches, eliminating masters of library science degrees as a requirement for branch managers, eliminating bachelors degrees as a requirement for library assistants, and requiring children’s librarians to spend most of their time devising reading programs instead of working in the library, all of which brought criticism from employees and patrons.” (via Washington Post)

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