Librarians told to reapply
About 700 Auckland Libraries staff will have to reapply for their jobs in an organisation-wide restructure.
Auckland Libraries held a media conference on Monday outlining a restructure aimed to prepare for a digitally focused future through its ‘‘Fit for the Future’’ programme.
Auckland Council runs 55 libraries in the region, employing about 965 staff at the last count in April 2016.
Auckland Libraries general manager Mirla Edmundson said about 80 per cent of staff would need to reapply for their jobs.
The new libraries structure would employ 926 permanent fulltime and part-time staff.
Auckland Council’s chief operating officer Dean Kimpton said the restructure would reduce costs by $1.8 million per year.
The changes come as council looks at ways to future-proof libraries to keep up with changing service demands.
It was confirmed in October that there were no plans to close any of the libraries.
The Public Service Association - the union representing library staff - said the restructure has been hugely disruptive for staff and it would be a challenge to maintain existing services.
Edmundson said changes would include better resourced digital, online and telephone services and an expanded mobile service.