Auckland librarians told to reapply
More than 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 1000 staff.
Auckland Libraries general manager Mirla Edmundson said about 80 per cent of 926 permanent full-time and part-time staff would need to reapply for their jobs.
Auckland Council’s chief oper- ating 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 would lead to substantial disruption 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 that reaches more isolated communities.
Auckland Libraries has revealed its ‘‘Fit for the Future’’ programme, which involves staff having to reapply for their jobs.