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Dozens Apply for Library Task Force
Dozens Apply for Library Task Force
More than 86 applicants from across Mecklenburg County volunteered for one of 16 positions available on the newly formed “Future of the Library Task Force.”

They bring a variety of experience and skills in a multitude of disciplines.

“We are grateful that so many of our residents are willing to give considerable amounts of their time to be a part of a process to find a sustainable solution for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library,” said Dr. Jim Woodward, chairman of the task force. 

The Task Force will be charged with making recommendations to the Library Board of Trustees and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners to develop strategic alternatives to ensure a sustainable future for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

The Task Force was first proposed during the spring budget cycle, when stakeholders began discussing the need to create a stable funding platform for the Library. At their budget straw vote, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners made the creation of a task force part of its contingency for library funding for FY2011.

In July, the Library received a grant for $75,000 from the Community Catalyst Fund of the Foundation for the Carolinas to fund the Task Force. Grant funds will be used to defray expenses of the Task Force, beyond what is donated or provided by Library and County staff.

The full Task Force will be appointed by October 8, with the first meeting to convene on October 20 at the convention center. The Task Force is scheduled to complete its work by March 1, 2011.

Task Force members will be appointed by the Task Force chairman in consultation with the Library Board chair and BOCC chairman as well as other funding stakeholders. Additional public involvement opportunities also will be provided later in the process for citizens to provide input and feedback.

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