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‘Quiet Crisis’: Are librarians in danger of being phased out of Las Vegas schools?

“Ryan Dwyer’s fifth-grade students plop down at tables in the Kay Carl Elementary school library, fidgeting in their seats as he explains how to do research online for an upcoming project.It looks like a scene that could be happening in virtually any elementary school, but there’s a catch. Dwyer isn’t the students’ full-time teacher. After class, he stays put as the teacher shows up at the door, organizes her class into a single-file line and shepherds them back to their classroom.” (via Las Vegas Sun News)

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Library strives to keep up with your life

“Ron Heezen’s mission as executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District includes a decidedly 21st-century imperative: helping the sprawling and well-regarded district continue its evolution from solely a place to get books to a technology-savvy organization that can connect patrons with whatever they might need in an increasingly wired universe.Heezen came to the district in September 2014 after having headed library districts in northwestern Louisiana; Frisco, Texas; and Omaha, Neb. He now oversees a district that in 2014 received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the innovative ways in which it served the valley’s residents during the recession.” (via Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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Turning the page: Library district emerges stronger after years of cost reduction

“Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Executive Director Dr. Ronald R. Heezen said half of the district’s employees who were laid off due to the 2008 recession have been rehired. And increased staffing isn’t the only bright spot in the district’s future: He said the libraries are now in a financial position to better meet the community’s needs. “Years of cost reduction, expenditure management and personnel cost containment have paid off for the district,”? he said in a press release. “We are now in a position to build its capacity to meet community needs, while maintaining a prudent ending fund balance.” The district’s Board of Trustees adopted the fiscal year 2015-16 budget —?? effective July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016 — at its May 21 board meeting. The budget’??s general operating fund is $59.5 million.” (via Las Vegas Review Journal)

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Check out that art: Henderson libraries go beyond books

“The library isn’t just a place to find a book, use a computer or check out a DVD. It also serves as a community space that allows people to find volunteer opportunities, grab coupons or even get a piece of art. “Libraries have always tried to be relevant to the community,” said Tom Fay, the executive director of the Henderson District Public Libraries. “I think most (library) systems try to address the flavor of the community.”

via ReviewJournal.com

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