From Tulsa World:
The Tulsa City-County Library Commission on Thursday approved a 2013-14 budget that cuts more than $1 million from the library system’s operating budget.
The operating budget for 2013-14 is $26.4 million, down from $27.4 million last fiscal year.
The materials and audio visual budget took the biggest hit in the budget, being cut by about $607,000. Travel also was reduced significantly, and a modified hiring freeze has been put in place.
Central Library to Close for Renovations
The Central Library will close around Labor Day so that a $47.8 million, two-year renovation can begin.
“Eighty percent of people will be able to navigate the library on their own,” [Gary] Shaffer [Tulsa Library CEO] said. “That will free staff up for other responsibilities,” which will in turn mean the libraries operate for efficiently with fewer staff members.
Budget cuts will not affect library renovation plans.
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