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File #: 190369    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 5/2/2019 In control: Committee on Legislative Oversight
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Legislative Oversight to conduct hearings to examine the progress of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation in pursuing organizational goals including expanding hours, reducing unplanned closures and delayed openings, enhancing equity in library services, promoting diversity and inclusion, and increasing transparency
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Squilla, Council President Clarke
Attachments: 1. Signature19036900
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Authorizing the Committee on Legislative Oversight to conduct hearings to examine the progress of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation in pursuing organizational goals including expanding hours, reducing unplanned closures and delayed openings, enhancing equity in library services, promoting diversity and inclusion, and increasing transparency
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WHEREAS, The Free Library of Philadelphia is one of the City's cornerstone institutions, serving a vast array of community needs at its 54 locations. The Free Library is much more than a book lender, providing a safe haven for Philadelphians of all ages and walks of life, and provides a variety of services, include support for academic studies, work-readiness and job searches, entrepreneurship, and English language learning; and

WHEREAS, The Free Library has made an organizational commitment to modernization and diversification of the services it provides, as exemplified by its 21st Century Libraries initiative, which reimagines the physical and social character of libraries for our changing world; and

WHEREAS, The Free Library has demonstrated exemplary leadership by managing the Read by 4th, a landmark collaborative effort by nearly 100 public and private organizations to boost literacy in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The Free Library nevertheless faces fundamental challenges in fulfilling its mission, including service hours, service equity, diversity and inclusion, and transparency; and

WHEREAS, Personnel and facilities issues have curtailed library hours and led to unplanned branch closures and delayed openings. Moreover, those issues have limited service disproportionately in low-income and minority neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, The Free Library has faced questions regarding diversity and inclusion for years, but only recently constituted a diversity and inclusion committee of its board, and has held only one meeting; and

WHEREAS, The Free Library relies upon ...

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