Library Reform Group

June 3, 2009

Making Progress

Filed under: 1 — Patricia @ 7:36 pm

Dear library supporters,

We are continuing to be making progress, although July 1 is getting VERY close.

The Executive Director Search Committee is reviewing applications from prospective candidates. They hope to bring two or three applicants to Providence later in June, and these finalists will give a public lecture to which everyone will be invited.

The Facilities Committee is examining several possible locations for Administrative and Tech Services offices and we should have definite news about the placement of these departments within the next week or so.

PPL issued its final list of staff positions last week, and PCL issued its list on Friday. Unfortunately, PPL is planning to lay off so many people that PCL can’t manage to pick up everyone whose job is being discontinued Downtown. Those staff members in the union who are being laid off by PPL can “bump” those with less seniority in the same job-category at the branches. While we hope that there will be as much continuity of branch staff as possible, we also are honoring the right of those with long-time service to PPL to keep jobs.

PCL has determined that the organizational structure of the neighborhood library system will be somewhat different from that which existed under PPL. Instead of three clusters of libraries, there will be two clusters—an eastern cluster which will probably include Rochambeau, Smith Hill, Fox Point, South Providence and Washington Park and a western cluster probably comprising Mount Pleasant, Knight Memorial, Olneyville and Wanskuck. These clusters will be administered by two Regional Supervisors. These Supervisors, together with a supervisor for a combined IT/Technical Services department, will constitute a new three-person administrative level just below the Executive and Deputy Directors.

The first PCL board meeting will be held at Knight Memorial Library at 5:30 on Wednesday, July 22, at which time we hope the nine Library Friends representatives and six public appointees will be present. Under PCL by-laws the Board meets monthly except August. The board will meet on Sept 16th for our first Annual meeting, when the board will formally elect its officers as well as the remaining board members–those members who are elected directly by the board. All meetings are open to the public and will run from 5:30 to 7:00. Except for the July meeting, we are planning to have all board meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Their location will rotate between the various branches.

We are contracting with Mouse Works to create and maintain our website, with in-house assistance from our staff. Mouse Works maintains several library websites in this area–including those for the Cranston, Pawtucket and Central Falls Libraries–and also the website for the RI Library Association. Our public meetings will be posted on our new website starting on July 1.

As July 1 approaches, the neighborhood library Friends groups are planning a celebration. There will be festivities held at every library, as well as general events on July 1. The Celebration Committee is hard at work on planning for the occasion, so we will have more details later on.


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