November 16, 2017

Nebraska Bill Could Make All Libraries City Departments

A bill that would place every library in Nebraska under the direct control of its city rather than a board of trustees is likely to be considered by that state’s legislature this winter, state senator Tyson Larson (R-40) told LJ. Such a bill, if passed and signed into law, would give municipalities of every size the power to manage library budgets, set hours, and hire and fire directors.

Omaha Mayor’s Budget Proposal Could Slash Library Service

The Omaha, Nebraska, Public Library (OPL) might have to scale back hours or even close one of its 12 branches if Mayor Jean Stothert’s proposed $14.3 million budget—about $900,000 less than trustees say they need—is approved by the City Council next month, library officials said.