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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Library lovers win big: Fairfax libraries will stop tossing materials, drop changes that would have reduced staff, WaPo, November 19, 2013

The trustees of the Fairfax County Public Library want to eliminate the process that led to the trashing of hundreds of thousands of books and also throw out a controversial plan to reduce the number of librarians and children’s services in county branches, the trustee board’s chair said Tuesday.
The trustees also said they were not kept informed of the major proposed changes in the library’s operations, by longtime library director Sam Clay, and that they had learned of that new discard policy through media reports. The trustees asked the Fairfax Board of Supervisors to improve spending on library materials, which they said fell from $6.33 per capita in 2000 to $2.11 per capita in 2011, far below the U.S. average of $5.90.
Library Trustee chairman Willard O. Jasper gave the supervisors two reports and a series of recommendations on calming the furor over the library’s strategic reorganization. The controversy erupted in September after Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) discovered about 250,000 books discarded in two trash bins. The books were never offered to Friends of the Library groups for resale or donation.
The supervisors voted Tuesday to implement the trustees’ recommendation and asked the trustees to give them a timeline on Jan. 14. . . .
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