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Tacoma Public Library branches reopen after problems with tech upgrade

Tacoma Public Library branches reopened Monday afternoon, after problems with a technology upgrade kept them closed all of last week.

“We’re up and running,” library spokesman David Domkoski said Monday.

Library branches reopened at 2 p.m. Monday and are set to open at noon Tuesday,  Domkoski said.  The online catalog system is also back up and running.

Last week’s branch closures came amid California-based software vendor Innovative Interfaces’ troubles with transferring the library’s data from an old operating system to a new one.

Late last week, the vendor identified and corrected a corrupted file in the new system that

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UPDATED Tacoma: Problems with tech upgrade keeps Tacoma Public Libraries closed through Monday

A technology upgrade was supposed to keep Tacoma Public Libraries closed for three days this week, but due to “unexpected and continuing problems,” all library branches will remain shuttered through Monday afternoon, library officials said Thursday.

“Everybody is a little bit shocked,” library director Susan Odencrantz said today. “We certainly didn’t expect anything like this to happen.”

Operating on an aging system, the city’s libraries are undergoing an update of the main software system that contains patron, catalog and purchasing records and operating systems.

“We’re migrating from an integrated library system that runs just about everything to another, more complex

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Tacoma: Council approves selling MLK library branch for $700k

As expected, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved selling Tacoma’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. branch library to a local medical company for $700,000 — but not without some reservations.

It wasn’t that the council wasn’t happy to sell the property to Lizotte P&O Associates — the sole bidder for the low-slung concrete block building at South 19th and Cedar Street in Central Tacoma.

After all, the medical firm offered $40,000 above what the city had valued the property, and agreed to a 5-year restrictive covenant that essentially ensures Lizotte will do with the property what had been proposed.

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Tacoma: Details on library layoffs — and could more libraries be closed?

As we detailed Sunday, the Tacoma Public Library is preparing to shut down two small library branches as part of trimming nearly $2 million to meet budget targets for 2011-12.

In addition, 16 library staffers throughout the library system received layoff notices last week, and another seven vacant library positions were eliminated.

The layoffs are largely “based on seniority, as specified in our bargaining agreements,” said Kathleen Earl, Tacoma Public Library’s human resources director.

“We did a lot of modeling to try to figure out which positions we were going to eliminate, and a lot of discussion with supervisors and managers about what the staffing needs would be,” she added.

By position, here are the employees who will lose jobs:
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Tacoma: Library board expected to decide on branch closures, budget cuts tonight

The Tacoma Public Library Board of Trustees is expected to adopt a $24.7 million budget tonight for 2011-12 that could result in closing one or more library branches and reducing hours of service at the city’s Main Library downtown.

“I don’t want to close any library — I never want to,” Trustee Anne Seago said at a meeting earlier this month. “But I don’t see that we’ll have a choice.”

Facing a nearly $1.9 million shortfall for the next two years, the options facing the five-member board are grim.

For the past month or so, trustees have considered various cost-cutting models, several of which feature reducing the Main Library’s hours of operations by up to 12 hours per week and shuttering from one to three small and/or medium-sized branch libraries around the city.

In addition, other unidentified administrative cost-cutting would also have to be made under some scenarios. (We wrote about some of the options being weighed here.)

Previous board discussions suggest the Swan Creek Library on the Eastside and the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Central Tacoma are in the most danger of closing.
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