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Salt Lake City Library Board selects new executive director

“Peter Bromberg has been named the executive director of the Salt Lake City Public Library.He comes to Salt Lake City from the Salt Lake County Library system, where he served as the associate director for public services.His resume also includes: associate director of Princeton (New Jersey) Public Library; and assistant director at the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.” (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

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Public library explores around-the-clock service

“What started as a nonprofit’s effort to find a safe spot for homeless youth has evolved into an experiment in making a public library more relevant to its community. The Salt Lake City Public Library recently launched an online survey to gather input on what residents would like to see if it opened around the clock, an idea that started when the Downtown Alliance asked if the library could serve as a destination for homeless teenagers after hours. That proposal violated the library’s mission of serving all constituencies, SLCPL executive director John Spears said. Instead, he suggested opening the building continuously, but to everyone.” (via AP)

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Traveling librarians promote literacy throughout Salt Lake City

“Since 2011, local librarian Liesl Johnson has been fighting in the trenches of early childhood literacy. “In order to really bolster early literacy in our community, we needed to do more than just provide resources and programs within our walls,” said Johnson, who serves as the Salt Lake City Public Library System’s director of children and family services. “We needed to go out into the community.” (via Deseret News)

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Library or homeless shelter? Proposal to open library 24-7 spurs debate

“A proposal to keep the Salt Lake City Main Library open all day every day has some residents worried the architectural gem designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie could become the nation’s ritziest homeless shelter. The popular library is open to all comers and provides a host of media from books to computers, and magazines to DVDs. Its spectacular views of the Wasatch Mountains combined with its cavernous atrium make it a favorite of residents and visitors. One thing it does not offer — and won’t — is a place to sleep, according to John Spears, the library’s executive director.” (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

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A new read on Salt Lake City library: It’s now a great place to work

“Three years after its embattled director resigned amid an employee uprising, the Salt Lake City Public Library now ranks as one of the best places to work along the Wasatch Front. So, too, does the Salt Lake County Library System, according to a survey by Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics. When former Salt Lake City Library Director Beth Elder stepped down in October 2011, staffers were both rebellious and demoralized. But this past summer’s employee survey lists the city library system 15th among midsize companies of any stripe — whether public, private, nonprofit or governmental.” (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

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