March 1, 2021

Colorado: “Garfield County Library Cuts Lead to Layoffs, Reduced Hours”

From The Post Independent:

2016-12-07_14-33-31Some Garfield County Library District staff will be laid off starting Tuesday, and hours at the six branch libraries will be reduced as of Wednesday as the result of a $1.2 million decrease in operating revenues for next year.

“All throughout the valley, organizations are going to see these types of cuts because they are seeing the same decrease in property taxes,” said Jesse Henning, the recently named executive director for the Garfield County Public Library District.

The drop is due to a 45 percent decrease in oil and gas activity in recent years, which is just now being reflected on the tax rolls. The resulting $1.2 million decrease in library revenues represents 30 percent of the district’s operating budget.

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The district’s board of trustees announced the cuts in an open letter to library patrons Monday. In addition to the layoffs and reduced hours, the district is also cutting its library materials budget by 50 percent, meaning longer wait times for new books, electronic books, DVDs and other items.

“You may notice fewer public Internet-access computers at our branches as well,” the board advised in its letter, as the district looks to reduce its IT costs.

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Additional Materials

Full Text of Open Letter to Community by Garfield County Library Board of Trustees (2 pages; PDF)

New Library Hours Questions and Answers

Glenwood County Public Library District Website

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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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