Miami-Dade Library Hours to be Slashed, Some Branches Would Only Be Open 16 Hours a Week
From the Miami Herald:
About a third of Miami-Dade’s public libraries would open less than half the time they do now under a draft plan county administrators sent commissioners Tuesday.
To keep all 49 libraries open — with 169 fewer employees, who would be laid off — the county is considering drastically cutting hours at 16 branches. Those branches would open a mere 16 hours a week, compared to their current 40 hours. Most of the branches had previously been targeted for potential closure.
The proposed hours and staffing could be refined over the next month. The final 2013-14 budget will be approved by commissioners after two public hearings in September.
The Main Library would take the biggest staffing hit under the draft plan, losing 23 of 39 librarians. Its hours would be reduced to 40 from 48.
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