Friday, May 14, 2010

Layoffs and Service Cuts in Store for Illinois' North Suburban Library System

Link to May 12 Daily Herald article, "State budget woes could hurt suburban library system".

Excerpt: More than half the employees of the North Suburban Library System, a cooperative organization serving about 650 libraries in Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties, will lose their jobs by May 30, spokeswoman Judy Hoffman said.

Exactly how many of the group's 20 full-time and five part-time workers will lose their jobs is not yet known, but "there are definitely going to be massive layoffs at the end of May," Hoffman said.

"Much is still in the works, but that is for sure," she said


The Wheeling-based library system is one of nine regional library organizations operating in Illinois. They help local facilities share resources and information.

DuPage County has its own system, as does the Chicago Public Library. All of the systems are affected by the state's financial woes, but not all are taking the same drastic steps this month, Hoffman said.

A spokesman for the DuPage Library System could not be reached for comment

Related articles:
Illinois Library Systems Still Await the Remaining 65% of Their State Funding.  (3/6/2010)
State funding shortage may doom library systems. (2/14/2010)
"Save Illinois Libraries" Campaign Shakes Loose Some Funds. (1/22/2010)
Save Illinois Libraries: Tweeting Up a Storm of Support. (1/20/2010)
Sarah Long: Illinois Regional Library Systems and Boiling Frogs. (1/13/2010)
lllinois Regional Multi-Type Library Systems Hit with Cut in Funding. (8/13/2009)

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