Monday, October 18, 2010

Buffalo libraries, trimmed again, won't close

From the Buffalo News, Sunday, October 17:

First the good news: your local branch library won't close next year ...
The library faces a projected shortfall of $6.75 million next year. That includes a $4 million cut in the systems county funding by County Executive Chris Collins.

To close the gap, Quinn Carey said, library officials have decided not to take the painful route of five years ago when the library system shrank from 51 branches to 37 during a budget crisis... But other difficult cuts will be necessary, the director said.

Among them:
Closing to the public the second floor of the Central Library downtown where a Teen Room and business and science collections now draw patrons and consolidating all public areas of Central on the first floor.

Cutting up to 130 full-time equivalent positions, which may mean layoffs for nearly 200 employees.

Drastically trimming open hours and staff levels, as well as some programs, at city and suburban branch libraries.

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