Washoe County Library Board of Trustees: PLEASE SUPPORT THE INCLINE LIBRARY AND THE ELEARNING CAFE
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Washoe County Library Board of Trustees: PLEASE SUPPORT THE INCLINE LIBRARY AND THE ELEARNING CAFE

    1. Petition by

      eLearning Cafes, Inc.

Incline Village, NV, highly values its library and wishes only that it were open longer hours. The eLearning Café has proven to be an asset to the Incline community by providing a learning center for all ages and interests. We ask that the Washoe County Library Board of Trustees enter into a no-cost joint operating agreement or lease with eLearning Cafes, Inc., a Nevada 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational enterprise, for a one-year trial period effective January 1, 2013. The purpose of the joint operating agreement is to use eLearning Café staff to expand Incline Library operating hours from currently 30 hours to approximately 70 hours a week at no increased cost to the Washoe County Library System. eLearning Café staff will use the library space to increase its course offerings, workshops, lectures, tutoring, and other activities for the benefit of area residents. If successful, we hope this model can be replicated elsewhere by other local non-profits for the benefit of libraries and the residents they serve. Thank you for considering this innovative means of enhancing library services in a time of ongoing staff and budget cuts.

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    1. Decision-maker Arnie Maurins responds:

      Arnie Maurins

      I fully support the Incline Library & Elearning Cafe!! We need it. Breck Raskovsky 400 2nd Tee Dr, Incline Village, NV 89450


    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Response Part III

      If you would like these policies changed and your local Washoe library hours expanded at no additional cost to taxpayers, please sign the Change.org petition (http://www.change.org/petitions/washoe-county-library-board-of-trustees-please-support-the-incline-library-and-the-elearning-cafe) to the Washoe County Board of Trustees ,and also let your County Commissioner know we want better use of our tax dollars. It won't happen if the decision is left to Arnie Maurins.

      Kathryn Kelly
      Incline Village

      Volunteer workers can't extend hours

      I want to thank Emerson Marcus for the opportunity to discuss the county library's current situation ["Washoe County libraries find stability after years of cuts," Dec. 14]. While his article was generally accurate, I would like to clarify a couple of points. First, the statement that "an increased use of volunteers may restore library hours" is somewhat misleading.

    4. Response Part II

      With trained volunteers in place to support each librarian, the library could be open at least 70 hours a week. Has anyone researched the financial impact of the arbitrary decision to have two full-time librarians on site at all times throughout the library system? And why is Arnie Maurins left unfettered to make policy decisions with significant financial ramifications with taxpayer dollars, rather than the Library Trustees, as it states is their responsibility on the Library website?

      Second, Maurins himself stated the reason for expanding the hours from 25 to 30 hours a week was because of a new full-time (not part-time) hire. In a memo to the Board of Trustees dated 12/12/2012, Maurins stated "With the hiring of Cory King, a new Librarian I for the Incline Village Library, there is now sufficient staffing for that branch to be open one additional hour per day, for a total of 30 hours per week instead of the current 25."

      Volunteer workers can't extend hours

      I want to thank Emerson Marcus for the opportunity to discuss the county library's current situation ["Washoe County libraries find stability after years of cuts," Dec. 14]. While his article was generally accurate, I would like to clarify a couple of points. First, the statement that "an increased use of volunteers may restore library hours" is somewhat misleading.

    5. Arnie Maurins Responds

      Here is what I just posted to Arnie Maurins' response:

      There are a couple of problems with Arnie Maurins' statement. One, NO one would suggest "replacing" our irreplaceable librarians. The question is whether trained volunteers can be used to help a full-time staff librarian, at least one of whom should be on premises at all times. Maurins' current arbitrary policy requires TWO full-time librarians on site at all times. That means in Incline Village, for example, there are two librarians on the premises at all times, so the library is only open a limited number of hours. (Currently 25 hours a week, soon to be 30. Why two librarians need an additional 10-15 hours every week to work while the doors are closed to the public is not clear.)

      Volunteer workers can't extend hours

      I want to thank Emerson Marcus for the opportunity to discuss the county library's current situation ["Washoe County libraries find stability after years of cuts," Dec. 14]. While his article was generally accurate, I would like to clarify a couple of points. First, the statement that "an increased use of volunteers may restore library hours" is somewhat misleading.

    6. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Mette Helena Elfving INCLINE VILLAGE, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe in sharing and saving money

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    • John Hubbard INCLINE VILLAGE, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      We can keep the library open more hours for no cost? why not

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    • Jain McClain INCLINE VILLAGE, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      I think this would be an excellent idea....and would be great for our not only the library and the Elearning Cafe but everyone in town!

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    • Samuel Singer INCLINE VILLAGE, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      I neeed to study for school and the hours dont permit.

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    • Tailor Pollak INCLINE VILLAGE, NV
      • almost 2 years ago

      Knowledge within a community should be available as often as air, the more the community works together to facilitate these goals the more people will reciprocate the gift of betterment.

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