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Economic downturn limits staffing

Published on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Beginning March 2, the D.C. Public Library will operate with reduced service hours to accommodate the city’s lower-than-expected revenue projections.

“The city’s $250 million projected loss in tax-revenue this fiscal year means that the library is likely not to receive the funding it anticipated,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the D.C. Public Library.   

The library has been working to maintain its current operating schedule since October 2008. So far this fiscal year, the library has spent nearly $280,000 in overtime costs. In addition, some locations have been closed partially or completely for lack of staff.   

Library staff are working double and triple shifts as the library’s use has increased.

Library explores reducing hours citywide

Published on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The D.C. Public Library is considering reducing service hours beginning March 2 to accommodate the city’s lower-than-expected revenue projections.

A decision is expected later this week. Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the D.C. Public Library, notes that the recommended reduction in hours is designed to have the least impact on the public.

“Libraries are vital, especially in the current economic downturn,” said Cooper. “The proposed plan will keep libraries open seven days a week during times that are convenient for our users and that allow our progra.m.s and activities to continue.”

DC Public Library launches "DCPL" iPhone application for use as library services portal

Published on Monday, January 26, 2009

The DC Public Library, which is the first library to offer free iPod compatible audio books, has launched the first public library iPhone application in the nation.

The application, entitled DCPL, is the portal to enjoying Washington, DC Public Library services using your iPhone or iPod Touch. With it, you can very quickly search library resources and find books and materials from anywhere in the country.  Notice a new book by a favorite author? Check the iPhone for a copy.

With the DCPL, you can:

DC Library offers tips on preserving Obama mementos

Published on Thursday, January 22, 2009

You went to the swearing in and the parade and snapped photo after photo. You bought hats, buttons, flags, T-shirts and special edition newspapers. To help maintain these items to stand the test of time, the D.C. Public Library offers tips on preserving memorabilia from this week’s Inauguration festivities.

“The inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African American president has many collecting mementos,” says Derek Gray, archivist at the D.C. Public Library. “With proper care many of these items can be preserved for at least 50 years.”

Some tips for preserving these precious mementos include:

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