November 26, 2015

Detroit Public Library Admits Mistake, Branches Closures Put on Hold

The Detroit Public Library has stepped back from its doomsday scenarios, saying now that it will not close any branches or lay off any more employees.

According to The Detroit News, the library commission withdrew on May 20 a recommendation to close up to 18 of 23 branches and layoff 191 of 376 workers after it became clear that the library’s administration had misinterpreted tax collection projections and neglected to factor in $3 million in savings from the  loss of 70 staffers to layoffs and retirements earlier this spring.

See also in LJ:

Detroit Worst Case Budget Scenario: Close 18 Out of 23 Branches, Lose 191 Staffers

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