Magazine article American Libraries

Providence to Keep Branches Open

Magazine article American Libraries

Providence to Keep Branches Open

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After accepting a financial consultant's report that questioned the leadership ability of the Providence (R.I.) Public Library, the city's Finance Committee agreed to the report's recommendation July 20 to allocate an additional $250,000 to help keep six branches open and avoid staff layoffs. A day earlier, the PPL board of trustees agreed to contribute $250,000 from the library's endowment and adopt the report's suggestions for cutting the 2007 budget by $500,000, the Providence Journal reported July 21. The measures would essentially erase a projected $800,000 deficit.

The report was authored by Neil D. Steinberg, vice president of development at Brown University, who was commissioned by Mayor David N. Cicilline to review the library's finances. Steinberg was critical of the library's leadership, saying "respect and full disclosure do not seem to be a priority."

The actions came shortly after 67 workers voted no confidence in the library's current leadership. Karen McAninch, business agent for the United Service and Allied Workers of Rhode Island Union, announced the result during the library's board meeting July 19. …

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