Pilot project to eliminate Toronto library staff part time

Pilot project to eliminate Toronto library staff part time

Two Toronto libraries will be the subject of a pilot project that will leave them staff-less part of the time in a bid to increase community access.Swansea and the Todmorden Room branches, which have the lowest number of open hours in the city, will be staff-free during the extended hours, but will still have staff during their regular hours. “These are two very small branches and they’re only open 28 hours a week, so this is really to extend service to the community beyond what they’re already open,” said Moe Hosseini-Ara the branch operations and customer experience director for Toronto Public Library. Both locations are in community centres and will only be open during their hours, said Ana-Maria Critchley, the stakeholder relations manager for Toronto Public Library. They could be open for a maximum of 65.5 hours per week under the pilot program, which will begin in Fall 2017 and will run for a year.The program will work by having libraries monitored in real-time with video surveillance to connect customers to staff when needed. Staff levels will not be impacted. Article Continued BelowCustomers will be able to pick up holds and books and use the Wi-Fi, but it is not meant for research, said Hosseini-Ara.It’s a move that’s divided librarians.“We believe that if library hours are to be extended, it should be the comprehensive library service and money should be found to support that,” Toronto Public Library Union president Maureen O’Reilly said. “We don’t believe that it (provides) a true library service.”

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