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To Coquitlam City Council and Library Director Todd Gnissios, Coquitlam Public Library is the heart of our community and a highly valued public service. I am very concerned about CPL’s restructuring plans and the potential impact this could have on services, materials and programs. I would like to know if services, materials or programs at CPL will be affected by the restructuring plan? The library director has stated that “the restructuring won’t cost any more than what is currently in the budget” and that “any job loss in unionized positions would come through attrition” – how can this be if six new management positions are being introduced at an estimated cost of $600,000? I would also like to know where specifically the funding is coming from for these new positions. If this restructuring plan goes ahead, CPL will have a significantly larger and costlier management structure than other public libraries in the lower mainland. CPL would have a total of 10 managers, the same number of managers that Burnaby Public Library has even though they have nearly double the number of employees. This doesn’t make sense. Why does CPL need so many additional managers? I don’t see how making library more technology-friendly and providing more outreach to the community justifies hiring managers. If these are the needs of the library then existing staff, staff that CPL has already invested in, should be trained to deliver these services. I am respectfully asking that you cancel your plans to implement this restructuring plan.
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