Link to January 22 Daily Herald report.
Excerpt: Library board members still are discussing the proposal. They have asked staff to research a tiered approach in which seniority would be a factor in determining severance packages.
In the fiscal year coming to a close, the library reduced its staff by the equivalent of 4.5 employees by reducing two 40-hour positions to 30 hours each and not filling vacancies.
The library has created a balanced budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that begins May 1 despite chipping in $1 million to help fill the city's budget hole.
In putting together the new budget, library officials used fund balances from prior years, withheld merit salary increases, eliminated premium pay for Sundays, cut the materials budget and reduced Sunday hours by one hour starting May 1.
The voluntary separation program, if library trustees approve it, would help the library as it plans for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, officials said.