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Library budget cuts facing new director

Bradley takes over, begins restructuring project

Newly promoted Schenectady County Public Library Director Karen Bradley tends to a display for the One County, One Book program on Oct. 23.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Newly promoted Schenectady County Public Library Director Karen Bradley tends to a display for the One County, One Book program on Oct. 23.
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With each major milestone in Karen Bradley’s life, there was a new set of challenges. She had her first child while she was still pursuing a master’s degree in library science. People used to stare at her and her baby in a stroller roaming the stacks of books in the SUNY Albany library. It was 1981 and such a sight was unusual for the time. As a health sciences librarian in the 1980s, Bradley was ...

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hodgkins.t
November 1, 2012
1:10 a.m.

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Central Branch does not need to be open 7 days a week, open weekends and evenings, curtail weekday 9-5 hours. Look for trimming salaries and positions at all levels, not just hourly workers.

tonijean613
November 1, 2012
4:55 p.m.

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Take a survey of when most people would use the library. Personally, I think its important to be open everyday. With focus on after school and evening hours and on Sat/Sun the library should be open at least either 9-3pm or 12-5pm. Being open on Sunday would also bring much needed activity to the city (in addition to the farmers market). But most important, the library may be the only safe and positive environment for many teens and it should be open to serve those needing it the most; to to use the internet and learn about all the resources offered. Also, think about sending a yearly update /fundraising card asking all cardholders for donations to help fund the library hours and all services.

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