The Henderson Library system is now closing on all Mondays and now are completely closed on Sundays and Mondays.
From the Las Vegas Sun: Cuts keep coming in the Henderson Library District — and the end result likely won’t please anyone.
Thursday morning the Henderson Library District Board of Trustees
voted unanimously to close all six branches on Mondays, meaning
Henderson libraries will be closed Sundays and Mondays beginning this
This is at least the third time in four years the district has reduced library operating hours.
Each library will stay open for an extra hour at the end of the day
on Fridays and Saturdays as a result of the change, while closing an
extra day per week will allow the library district to better manage its
dwindling staff, district officials said.
In November Henderson residents will vote on a tax initiative
that the district says is needed to keep the libraries operating at
current levels. If the tax initiative fails, both the Malcolm and
Galleria branches are expected to close and other reductions could come
Thomas Fay, Henderson Library District executive director, said
staffing was down from a peak of 132 employees to 92 today. As a result,
the staff is spread thin with librarians being shifted from branch to
branch each day to cover for sick and personal leave. Because Malcolm
and Galleria are on the chopping block, staff at those branches have
begun transferring into openings at the other, more stable, branches.
This is just a scare tactic by the Henderson Library District Board of Trustees. They claim extreme poverty, cut hours and then beg for money through a referendum in an effort to raise taxes.
So, how to save money in the libraries. First, they do not need any security guards at the libraries. It's not like there are rumbles at the libraries and if the staff cannot handle a disruptive patron, then call the police.
Second, when we go to the libraries, there way more staff than is needed. Many times, they are on the computers and almost always sitting down. The libraries can also rely on volunteers instead of paid staff. Finally, with computers running most of the libraries nowadays, they don't need college trained librarians. When there were no computers running the show and only had things like card catalogs on paper, you can argue that college trained librarians were needed but not now. Maybe 1 librarian for the entire city will do.
And in the upcoming election, unless the Henderson can demonstrate some true cost measures, we should vote no when they come begging for money.