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Fairfax County Public Libraries 15 percent cut proporsal

Fairfax County Public Libraries 15 percent cut proporsal

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FY 2011 15% Reduction ProposalFairfax County Public Library
November 17, 2009Library Hours Proposal: Option 1 Page 2Library Hours Proposal: Option 2 Page 3Library Hours: FY 2010 and FY 2009 Page 4Potential Branch Position Reductions Page 5Impact to Access Services Page 6Impact to Library Administration Page 7Impact to Library Technical Operations and Archives Page 8FY 2011 15% Reduction Proposal Summary Page 9FY 2011 15% Reduction proposal for the Library Board Budget Committee meeting on 11/17/091
 
Library Hours Proposal: Option 1Communities closed Friday. Full service all open hours.
Full customer service provided during all open hours at community and regional libraries.
All 14 community libraries are open 39 hours per week; 8 hours per day Monday – Thursday, 7 hours on Saturday, closed Friday and Sunday.
All 8 regional libraries are open 51 hours per week; 8 hours per day Monday – Friday, 7hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday.
Library service available somewhere in a service area from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday atregional libraries.
Proposed hours:Regional Libraries Community Libraries
Monday 1 9 p.m. Monday 10 a.m. 6 p.m.Tuesday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Tuesday 1 9 p.m.Wednesday 1 9 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m. 6 p.m.Thursday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Thursday 1 9 p.m.Friday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Friday ClosedSaturday 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. 5 p.m.Sunday 1 5 p.m. Sunday ClosedTotal Hours Regionals: 408 Total Hours Communities: 546Regional hours/week 51 Community hours/week 39Total system hours/week: 954 (-20% from FY 2010 hours; -29% from FY 2009 hours)
Impact on the public:
Libraries will continue to offer full service during all open hours.
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Information desk will be staffed to answer reference questions.
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Programs will be offered for youth and adults based on service area needs.
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Telephone calls from the public will be answered; shelf-checks for specific itemswill be completed.
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Equipment troubleshooting will be provided as needed.
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Proctoring will be offered following system guidelines.
Customers must use regional libraries on Fridays and Sundays; community libraries willbe closed.
No after hours use of meeting room is available.
Customers will need to learn new hours that vary by type of library.
Impact on staff:
Full-time community staff will be required to work every Saturday.
Regional staff will be required to work additional Sundays and more weekends.
Full-time staff will be required to work until 9 p.m. two evenings per week at regional andcommunity libraries.
Staff will be transferred to adjust branch staffing levels to changed hours.
Staff workload will increase with fewer people to do the work (assuming usage holdssteady).FY 2011 15% Reduction proposal for the Library Board Budget Committee meeting on 11/17/092
 
Library Hours Proposal: Option 2Communities open on Friday. Reduced service on weekends.
Reduced customer service is provided on Friday and Saturday at community libraries.Customers may browse for books, check-out and return materials, use wireless accessand public computers, etc., with limited assistance from staff.
Reduced customer service is provided on Sunday at regional libraries. Information deskis closed. Customers may browse for books, check-out and return materials, use wirelessaccess and public computers, etc., with limited assistance from staff.
All 14 community libraries are open 47 hours per week; 8 hours per day Monday – Friday, 7 hours on Saturday, closed Sunday.
All 8 regional libraries are open 51 hours per week; 8 hours per day Monday – Friday, 7hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday.
Library service is available somewhere in a service area from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday atregionals only.
Proposed hours:Regional Libraries Community Libraries
Monday 1 9 p.m. Monday 10 a.m. 6 p.m.Tuesday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Tuesday 1 9 p.m.Wednesday 1 9 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m. 6 p.m.Thursday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Thursday 1 9 p.m.Friday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. 6 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. 5 p.m.Sunday 1 5 p.m. Sunday ClosedTotal Hours Regionals: 408 Total Hours Communities: 658Regional hours/week 51 Community hours/week 47Total system hours/week: 1066 (-11% from FY 2010 hours; -21% from FY 2009 hours)
Impact on the public:
Community libraries are open on Fridays with reduced service to customers.
Information desk may not be staffed on Friday and Saturday at community libraries.
Information desk will not be staffed on Sundays at regional libraries.
Programs for youth and adults will not be offered on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Telephone calls from the public will not be answered on Friday or Saturday at communitylibraries or on Sunday at regional libraries.
Equipment troubleshooting will be limited on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Proctoring will not be offered on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
No after hours use of meeting rooms is available.
Customers will need to learn new hours that vary by type of library.
Impact on staff:
Staff may work fewer weekend days.
Full-time staff will be required to work two evenings per week until 9 p.m. at regional andcommunity libraries.
Staff will be transferred to adjust branch staffing levels to changed hours.
Staff workload will increase with fewer people to do the work (assuming usage holdssteady).
During staffing shortages, the Information Desk will be closed; customers will seek helpfrom other staff not trained to provide information assistance.FY 2011 15% Reduction proposal for the Library Board Budget Committee meeting on 11/17/093

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