Enough jobs for library staff, Auckland libraries says

6:09 am on 23 April 2017

The head of Auckland Libraries says every staff member who wants a job will get one, despite a major overhaul of the service.

Auckland city public library

Auckland city public library Photo: Google Maps

The restructure is being driven by the Auckland Council, which wants to shift the library service to a more digital-led way of working.

The overhaul has already resulted in 74 staff taking voluntary redundancy.

More than 800 remaining library staff must now go through the process of applying for revamped roles, which will take effect in July.

But Auckland Libraries general manager, Mirla Edmundson, said there were enough jobs for all of those people.

"It will remain to be seen whether absolutely every single person is placed in a role that they're comfortable with, we won't know that until the end, but I'm really hopeful that everyone choses to stay with us," she said.

A community group has set up a petition calling for the restructure to be halted and for staff to stay in their current positions.

Auckland councillor Efeso Collins also said he wanted the overhaul to be reconsidered.

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