From The Canberra Times:
The National Library [of Australia] is embarking on a major staff restructure, with the Asian Collections Reading Room set to close and overseas collecting reduced.
There will be no reduction in jobs under the restructure, but Director-General of the library Marie-Louise Ayres didn’t say how many existing roles would be changed and if more contractors would be brought in.
The library’s average staffing level cap has been slashed by about 50 people over the past six years, and its budget has been felt the strain of continual efficiency dividends.
Dr Ayes said the library needed to redesign the way work is organised to reflect the changing operating environment.
“While the library’s mission has long been to collect, connect and collaborate, the ways in which we have carried out that mission have changed dramatically.