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Fairfax County Libraries Prepare for Pilot Cuts, But Employees Say Budget Already ‘Bare Bones’

“Fairfax County Public Library employees and supporters are trying to fight proposed changes to the staffing structures at libraries that would essentially combine circulation and information jobs into one position — a move that would lower costs in tight budget times but also possibly hurt the services the libraries provide for county residents, they say. The big change in the new model would reduce the number of employees needed to run the county’s libraries.” (via Mount Vernon, VA Patch)

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Miami-Dade’s Main Library downsizing its space as part of budget cuts

“As part of its budget belt-tightening, Miami-Dade County will downsize the space used by the Main Library’s back offices, shrinking the facility’s footprint to save money on rent. The library system’s downtown Miami headquarters would be reduced in size by half, keeping the two floors currently open to the public and eliminating a third floor and a basement used for administration and storage. Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s office expects the change to have little effect on library users. But the planned move has stirred controversy among library supporters who fear historical documents and special collections long held at the county’s largest library may be lost in the shuffle.” (via Miami Herald)

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Tiny New York City library hurts for space as flagship gets $300 million makeover

“The Macomb’s Bridge Library in New York has just 10 laptop computers. The 61 shelves are crammed with books. The librarian’s office is smaller than most bathrooms. If the four-member staff wants to put on a puppet show or hold a special screening, their options are stacking tables they have up against a wall to clear some space, or taking the event outside.” (via NY Daily News)

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Two more Miami-Dade libraries could be spared from closure

“Two more Miami-Dade public libraries could be spared the ax, according to an updated plan of proposed county budget cuts. The North Shore and Virrick Park branches, in Miami Beach and Coconut Grove, respectively, would remain open under the latest version of the plan, which administrators have been tweaking over the past few weeks to bring down the number of libraries slated for closure beginning Oct. 1.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Indianapolis Public Library’s 5-year plan will look at community role, could eye expansion

“A resurgent Indianapolis Public Library this week kicks off the creation of a five-year strategic plan that could include expansionary aims after years of budget woes. Whether the resulting plan will recommend investing in new kinds of materials and equipment, adding locations or making other changes to the system remains to be seen. Tuesday’s public kickoff event at the Central Library, called “Yours to Create,” marks the start of a six-month process that will involve a steering committee and several task forces in the creation of a final report, to be issued early next year. But the library system could have more flexibility to pay for system growth when its board and foundation consider the new strategic plan’s recommendations.” (via Indianapolis Star)

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San Francisco’s library spending higher than average, report finds

“When it comes to spending money on libraries, San Francisco is leaving other cities in the dust. A new report from the city controller’s office shows that the library’s operating expenditures per capita are $100.17, or twice the average spending of libraries in other big cities like Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle. San Francisco also holds a  lead over other cities in staff members per borrower and circulation per borrower. “We spend a tremendous amount on our collections, both in the physical collections and in our e-books,” said Library spokeswoman Michelle Jeffers, who said the book allocation for next year is $10 million out of a $100 million budget. “It shows we have a robust amount of materials for our citizens in San Francisco.” (via City Insider)

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Stephen King’s Scary Library Needs $9 Million Repair: Muni Deals

“Readers of Stephen King’s novel “It” know the Bangor Public Library as a hiding spot for the title character, a deranged clown on a murderous rampage. In real life, the library is falling apart. Voters in the Maine riverfront town of 33,000 will decide tomorrow whether to back a $3 million tax-exempt bond issue to help repair the library’s 101-year-old copper roof. A “yes” vote would help unlock a matching gift from Bangor’s most famous couple, Stephen and Tabitha King.” (via Businessweek)

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Dozens of cash-strapped Brooklyn Public Library branches are in disrepair

“The coffers are so drained at the Brooklyn Public Library that eight branches with busted air conditioners were forced to shut down on one scorching day earlier this month. Three of those branches double as city-designated cooling centers, where seniors and others are instructed to chill out during the summer’s most unbearable stretches. They are part of a growing list of 60 libraries in the system — including the central branch — that require a total of $300 million in repairs for crumbling roofs, broken boilers and aging computers and furniture.” (via NY Daily News)

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ARL Releases RLI 282 on Library Budgets, Journal Bundles, Reference Staffing

“ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.” (via ARL)

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Queens Library could face closures under suggested city budget cuts

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed deep cuts to city libraries in his 2014 budget that some worry could close Queens Library facilities, force layoffs and slash the number of hours facilities would be open a week. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the Council’s Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, blasted the proposed cuts. “Our libraries cannot sustain cuts of these proposed levels at a time when they are experiencing some of the highest number of visitors in history and providing much-needed resources to the public,” he said.” (via TimesLedger)

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