Thursday, August 4, 2011

After Contentious Millage Vote, Troy Michigan Public Library Focuses on Providing Services

Troy library vows to increase services. With tax hike OK'd, more materials and programs on the way. (Detroit News, 8/4/2011)

Excerpt: "We're going to look at enhanced services that will change the way we do business," said Phillip Kwik, the library's director of public services.

"We haven't had the chance to be real creative. We weren't thinking of a future."

Kwik said the library is looking into self-checkout machines, new materials and reinstating story time programs and classes. There are also plans to evaluate staffing, which was reduced to 70 people in July 2010 after layoffs, and through attrition is now down to 55.

"We want to plan and see where the holes are now and what we can do," he said. "We'll also engage the community and see how they want their millage money spent."

Related posts:
Millage vote wrap-up.  (8/3/2011)
It's official.  (8/2/2011)
Biggest library story of the day, continued.  (8/2/2011)
Very early vote tally.  (8/2/2011)
Keep your fingers crossed for Troy Public Library.  (8/2/2011)
Kids speak up for the Troy Public Library.  (8/1/2011)
Partisan politics emerge in Troy Public Library vote.  (8/1/2011)
Residents to vote on library village on August 2.  (7/28/2011)
Patrons speak up for their library.  (7/24/2011)
Safeguarding American Families:  Vote yes to save Troy Library.  (7/14/2011)
Troy mayor is upbeat.  (7/14/2011)
Oakland Press editorial.  (7/14/2011)
Book burning listed on Detroit News events calendar.  (7/12/2011)
Troy Chamber supports millage request for library.  (7/10/2011)
A half-million dollar library collection up in flames?  Not gonna happen.  (7/9/2011)
I)s it just me or are things heating up in Troy Michigan?  (7/6/2011)
The battle lines are drawn.  (6/28/2011)
August 2nd a "This Is It" moment for the Troy Public Library..  (5/17/2011)
Working to keep the library open.  (5/10/2011)
Will there be a library after June 30th?  (4/20/2011)
Keep the Troy Public Library open:  Council members told to 'figure it out'.  (4/19/2011)
May Day!  May Day!  Two Michigan libraries set to close on May 1.  (4/17/2011)
Library to close on May 1.  (2/23/2011)
Troy Michigan (population: 80,000) still on track to close its library.  (2/8/2011)
Voters wave bye-bye to their library.  (11/3/2010)
Giving voters more choices than they need.  (8/13/2010)
Library threatened with closure, part 2.  (5/19/2010)
Library threatened with closure, part 1.  (4/25/2010)

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