Budget squeeze in Mesa putting strain on library staff
Mesa's interim library director has inherited a loss of 42 staff positions over the past year and a $500,000 budget cut. Wolf has all but delved into books about legendary magician Harry Houdini to keep up with an annual circulation of more than 3.1 million publications, attend to the needs of 1.2 million walk-in customers and prevent the apparent inevitability of closing two busy branch libraries.
"The leadership team and I are coping with keeping three libraries open with almost the same staffing level we had 10 years ago while the workload keeps going up," she said. "We can't ask the staff to work any harder.
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