Bridgeville library staff must apply for SF posted positions
By Dona S. Dreeland
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Employees at the Bridgeville Public Library will be invited to apply for jobs with new descriptions, as part of the library's transition to a management arrangement with South Fayette's library.
“The staff will be employed by South Fayette, and apply for posted positions,” said Rebecca Wisbon, president of the Bridgeville library's board.
Starting next year, South Fayette library officials will handle day-to-day operations at the Bridgeville library on McMillan Road. South Fayette library Director Rebecca Long is rewriting job descriptions for Bridgeville, “revamping them to library standards,” Wisbon said.
Long will become director of Bridgeville library, in addition to her role in neighboring South Fayette.
Bridgeville has a full-time director and office manager, three or four part-time workers plus volunteers. Director Donna Taylor's position was to be eliminated as part of the deal approved by both communities' library officials in November. Taylor remains at the library, and can apply for posted positions.
The Bridgeville library has struggled with budget issues since opening its $4 million building in 2011. The new library replaced a smaller one in the landmark train station on Railroad Street, which now houses the Bridgeville Area Historical Society.
Until the two library boards of trustees finalize budget negotiations, staffing needs and hourly pay scales won't be determined. The new plan for Bridgeville will be phased in, with a focus on improving customer service, Long said, adding that eliminating positions and cutting hours wouldn't accomplish that.
“Anyone can apply for anything,” Long said, referring to staffing at the Bridgeville library. She has been with South Fayette for 21⁄2 years.
Being discussed is the possibility of restoring Sunday hours, and perhaps offering health benefits for staff through the Allegheny County Library Association, Wisbon said.
“We're in the process of working on an operating budget for our operation of the library, not including the building maintenance, utilities and mortgage of Bridgeville,” said Bob Millacci, president of South Fayette's library board.
Bridgeville's board of directors is to concentrate on fundraising in the future. Money raised will be put toward the mortgage of about $1.8 million, said Joyce Heinrich of Bridgeville.
Heinrich, who has focused on raising funds since July 2012, will be a paid contractor who plans events for the library. One of the most successful events, Taste of the Town, held last April, will be held again in the spring, she said. The first one raised about $10,000.
From the bimonthly concert series, additional thousands are earned.
The libraries will run as two separate entities, with some sharing of employees when joint events are planned for the Bridgeville space, said Millacci, who has served on the South Fayette library board since 2012 and watched the plan take shape during the last five months.
“We believe this is for the betterment of both communities,” he said. “By sharing resources, we can give both communities facilities, books and programs.”
During the next year, the individual boards will serve their libraries.
“There will be a means of communication/representation between the boards, so that each are aware of library operational-related issues,” said Wisbon, who will remain president of the Bridgeville board. “I'm optimistic that this is getting us to where we should be.”
Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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