Li­brar­i­ans told to reap­ply

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

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.

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