January 20, 2022

Miami-Dade Mayor Unveils Task Force to Study Future of Public Libraries, Administration Will Also Talk With Library Groups

From the Miami Herald

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration has come up with a task force and a timeline to tackle challenges faced by the county’s cash-strapped public libraries.


His [the Mayor Gimenez] memo outlined a blue-ribbon task force that he would chair to study the libraries’ programs, operations and funding. The task force’s recommendations, due in February, would then help the county draft a long-term master plan for the system by July.


Most members would be from outside County Hall, including representatives from civic groups such as the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Miami Foundation and the Children’s Trust; the philanthropic Knight Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs/PTSAs in the school district; the Alliance for Aging, and four cities.

Gimenez’s administration also plans to survey employees, library patrons and residents who don’t use the libraries. And it plans to hold monthly conference calls with national and state organizations, including the American Library Association and the Florida Library Association, to seek their advice.

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Direct to Full Text of Formal Announcement (via Miami-Dade County)

Full Text of Mayor’s Memo (15 pages; PDF)

Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez Blue Ribbon Library Taskforce Announcement by LJ’s infoDOCKET

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