Decision on future of library soon

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2013

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A decision on the future of Invercargill's public library is expected to be made within the next few weeks.

The Invercargill City Council announced in October that the library's operations would be reviewed to take into account changes in technology since the library opened, and redundancies could not be ruled out.

Council director of works and services Cameron McIntosh said the review process was continuing but he expected decisions to be made soon.

He could not yet confirm if there would be any redundancies, but said the plan was to redeploy as many staff as possible within the building.

Library management was in talks with the Public Service Association, the union for workers in the public service, about proposed conditions of the review.

PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott said the union had some concerns about proposed changes, particularly in relation to rosters and hours of work.

"We are continuing to talk through those issues and will have more input next week before a final decision document is completed and released."

The PSA was also working with the council to ensure any restructuring was about refocusing jobs to provide an improved service, and not about cost-cutting, she said.

No one at Invercargill City Libraries was available to speak on the matter yesterday.

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