Job Help Center Opens at Main Library

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State Librarian Mary Boone speaks at Job Help Center grand opening.

Hundreds of guests were in attendance at the grand opening of the new Job Help Center at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Main Library. Speakers at the grand opening included Library Director Charles Brown, County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts, and North Carolina State Librarian Mary Boone  See the photos posted on Flickr.

The past few days have been a flurry of activity preparing not only for the opening of the center, but also for computer classes that were scheduled to take place at 9:30 this morning in the center. Mary Boone referred to the center as a “showcase” job center for other libraries, and congratulated the efforts of library staff for continuing to innovate to meet the needs of the public, especially during what has been a challenging financial year not only for libraries but also for those who need us most in the community.

The Job Help Center will be open during Main Library hours, M-Th 9-9, F-Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 9-1.

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8 Responses to “Job Help Center Opens at Main Library”

  1. Job Help Center « W3V2 Says:

    […] first floors. There are now internet computers for public use on the second floor and a brand new Job Help Center on the first floor. Since the flat screen TVs have been moved also, this blog will no longer be […]

  2. Concerned Citizen Says:

    The Job Help Center will come in handy when the library and the county have to lay off staff to meet a 10 million dollar shortfall…..speaking of that, if the library has to lay off people it seems a little offensive to still have jobs posted on your site.

  3. Sarah Says:

    Concerned Citizen,
    It is not yet known exactly how the shortfall will impact the Library.

  4. RealityCheck Says:

    Sarah wrote, “It is not yet known exactly how the shortfall will impact the Library.”

    Perhaps, but the views expressed by Concerned Citizen are no less valid. It is ridiculous to be hiring during a year of furloughs and (now likely) layoffs.

  5. Sarah Poole Says:

    You are correct that the library has been posting positions. These are positions that have recently become vacant due to retirements or natural attrition. The Library has been doing this to maintain a minimal staffing level so that it can continue to keep all 24 locations operating during a time when public demand for library services has been at an all-time high.

    As I said earlier, it is not yet known how the shortfall will impact the Library. If the Library becomes unable to hire replacements for employees who leave, then yes, the Library will have to consider more drastic options.

  6. Sarah Poole Says:

    It’s a tough time for everyone. On the one hand, the Library is doing its best to serve the community when they need help most by keeping library doors open — and this means maintaining staffing levels. They also know that it’s important to help keep people employed in Mecklenburg County and not contribute to the growing unemployment rate. On the other hand, the Library’s principal source of revenue has been impacted by the economy, and the Library will need to make difficult decisions if and when funding levels are decreased.

    I respect the conflicting choices and challenges that are placed before Library decision makers. These times aren’t easy.

  7. RealityCheck Says:

    I think the more spin people see getting posted the more convinced they become that something’s afoot.

  8. Sarah Poole Says:

    RealityCheck,
    Yes, it’s complicated. I’ve done my best to explain the situation and offer you the facts. Thank you for contributing thoughtful conversation to this forum.

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