Magazine article American Libraries

Wayne State May Take over Public Library

Magazine article American Libraries

Wayne State May Take over Public Library

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After enduring years of cutbacks and closure threats, the Macomb County (Mich.) Library may have found a savior in the form of Wayne State University in nearby Detroit, which is considering a deal to take over operations of the struggling library.

Under the plan, Wayne State would lease the building and manage the facility, which supplements the services of local community libraries by specializing in offering research materials as well as items for people who have visual impairments, the Macomb Daily reported June 4. The library's 13 full-time and 19 part-time staff would be kept on, although as vacancies occur they will be filled by Wayne State employees. Director Darlene LaBelle, who would be replaced under the plan, expressed no regrets since she felt the library would be doomed without the partnership. "I think the basis of the plan is a good, sound one that will ensure the future of the library, which has been under the gun for about five years," she told American Libraries. …

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