Magazine article American Libraries

D.C. Mayor Finds Funding to Avert Cuts in Staffing, Hours, Kiosks

Magazine article American Libraries

D.C. Mayor Finds Funding to Avert Cuts in Staffing, Hours, Kiosks

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District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty and Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for D.C. Public Library, announced at an August 4 press conference that funding has been found to reverse $2 million in projected budget cuts that would have drastically slashed library hours. "Residents can rest assured that they can continue to access all of D.C. Public Library's resources seven days a week next year," Fenty said, explaining that city officials never intended to trigger cuts to library service. The money is now available because payment for the district's debt service on capital projects is less than originally budgeted--due to a combination of low interest rates on short-term borrowing and other factors.

Cooper told American Libraries that 71 staff positions will be restored because of the newfound funds, and that staffing levels will remain the same over the next fiscal year. The library was planning to begin advertising jobs on its website soon, she said, and this fall the system was planning to hire 100 D. …

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