January 25, 2021

UPDATE: Miami-Dade County Releases List of 22 Public Libraries on Chopping Block, 251 Layoffs Also Possible

Update: Three days ago we shared a Miami Herald report about the possible closing of 42 of 49 Miami-Dade Public Library System facilities.

Today, the newspaper has posted an update.

New Number

The Herald reports that the proposal would have 22 of the 49 libraries would have to close, “under the worst-case scenario in Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s latest budget proposal.”

The proposal also calls for the layoffs of 251 library employees.

A list of the libraries is embedded below.

From the Article:

The libraries were chosen based on geography, to try to keep facilities open throughout the county, and on whether they reside in county-owned buildings or in storefronts. All 10 librsaries in storefronts where Miami-Dade must pay rent would be closed. One of them is West Kendall Regional, which is housed in a strip mall.

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[Mayor Giminez] directed administrators to keep more libraries open, though with reduced operating hours. Libraries that are now open five days a week may go down to four days, and those open six days may go down to five, according to Gimenez. A new planned northeast branch slated to open next year would still be inaugurated.

Read the Complete Article (Includes Info About Proposed Cuts to Fire-Rescue Units)

See Also: Coverage From the Miami New Times: Mayor Gimenez Recommends Closing 22 Libraries, Laying Off 251 Librarians and 149 Firefighters

Steve Marshall, a second-generation librarian who was laid off from the West Dade Regional Library in 2011, said the cuts will be an affront to the people who use libraries to better themselves.

“They’re some of the last vestiges of the American Dream,” he tells Riptide. “The fact that they’re constantly targeted shows a callous disregard for providing opportunity for poor and working class people to educate themselves and enjoy services more affluent people take for granted.”

List of Miami-Dade Libraries on Chopping Block

Here’s the list of Miami-Dade Library branches that would close under the current proposal along with those that would remain open (via Miami-Dade Mayor’s Office).

List of Miami-Dade Public Libraries on Chopping Block

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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