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Librarians question Baltimore County plan to shift IT positions

“Public library advocates are questioning a Baltimore County plan to transfer library information-technology services to the county government’s IT office, saying it could set a precedent that threatens the library’s autonomy. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s budget includes the transfer of 28 positions in the Baltimore County Public Library system to the county’s Office of Information Technology starting July 1. A County Council vote on the budget is scheduled for Thursday. Administration officials say the move is part of a long-term strategy to make government more efficient. The technology office will assume control of the library’s IT operations and related budgets, and no jobs will be cut, officials said.” (via Baltimore Sun)

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