From The Missoulian:
When students head to the University of Montana this fall, they’ll find a library with nearly 12 percent fewer permanent staff – and a unit that still may be struggling to find money to stay open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Mansfield Library lost 11.5 full-time equivalents on July 1, including three students, Dean of Libraries Shali Zhang confirmed on Friday. She estimated the cut leaves the staff at a total of 60, give or take, as well as some 62 students working a variety of shifts.
The library counts some 7,000 visits a week, but support for the institution – marked last spring with a resolution from the Associated Students of the University of Montana – hasn’t shielded the library from budget woes.
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