Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Library system announces new hours

The Jackson-Hinds Library System issued the following statement:


CUTS TO JACKSON HINDS LIBRARY SYSTEM BUDGET REQUIRES 
REDUCTIONS IN LIBRARY HOURS

The Jackson Hinds Library System (JHLS) will reduce hours beginning October 10, 2016 at all 15 libraries due to a recent $50,000 cut to the library system's state-based Personnel Incentive Grant program.

The JHLS Board of Trustees approved the cuts in hours at their September 28th regular monthly meeting in order to balance the FY2017 budget. 

Library Executive Director Patty Furr comments, “We are never happy to cut hours at our libraries, particularly since the public depends so heavily on us for help with applying for jobs, homework assistance and use of our 500+ free public access computers.  We just don’t have much of a choice in the situation this year given the amount of the budget cuts and the high percentage of our budget that goes into staffing.” Furr continues, “There are not any other ways to make up for these revenues, especially in light of the recent budget situations faced by the City of Jackson and Hinds County.”

 To make sure the hours cut were fair and equitable, JHLS analyzed usage statistics hour by hour at each branch, as well as consulting each branch manager about which times their libraries were the busiest.  The hours that had the most library usage determined the final schedule.

Unlike some other Mississippi library systems, JHLS was fortunately able to accomplish balancing the budget without relying on any branch closures, furloughs or reductions in staff. 

Following is a schedule of the new hours for each library in the Jackson Hinds Library System.

Eudora Welty Library, Jackson

Monday – Thursday : 9:00am – 8:00 pm
Friday :  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday : 1:00 – 5:00 pm   

Margaret Walker Alexander Library, Jackson
Medgar Evers Library, Jackson
Willie Morris Library, Jackson
Charles Tisdale Library, Jackson
Richard Wright Library, Jackson

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday : 9:00 am – 6:00
Tuesday : 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow--and they didn't even need to hire consultants to come up with this solution...who would have thought that?

Anonymous said...

This decision must be race-based.

Anonymous said...

Looks like ALL have been renamed... except Welty?

Anonymous said...

Remember the good ole days when the name of the library gave one an indication of where it is located? Main, Northside, Livingston Park etc... Jeez Louise.

Anonymous said...

The list of libraries above isn't a complete listing of all libraries in the Jackson-Hinds system. A full list of libraries with new hours can be found here: http://www.jhlibrary.com/news/pdfs/New%20JHLS%20Hours%20100416.pdf

PittPanther said...

8:40pm, you and Louise can go and screw your "good old days." There was nothing good about those old days in Jackson, at least not for people that look like me.

Anonymous said...

Where are the homeless going to go?

Kingfish said...

Ms. Furr has been doing a better job of not letting them, um, abuse the library and its facilities since she took the job. However, some of her own employees started screaming bloody murder when she did so. I would've fired every one of them.

Anonymous said...

PP - Never knew what you looked like... must be something special.

But it seems the point you're making is that the 'present' is your good day? ...or, do you have good days?

Anonymous said...

What happened to the excellent reference book collection? I used to be able to walk in and know just where the books I needed were.

Chaucer said...

Disrupting public places of rest is unfair to the homeless. I remember when a homeless guy could saunter into a library, find his way back to the kitchen, have himself a cold pop and a leftover chicken-biscuit and then settle in for a nap in the English-Lit section.

Anonymous said...

5:43....are you talking about Pitt Panther?

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