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Auckland Libraries staff will need to reapply for jobs

More than 700 Auckland Libraries staff will have to reapply for their jobs in an organisation-wide restructure.

Auckland Libraries held a media conference on Monday outlining a restructure aimed to prepare for a digitally focused future through its “Fit for the Future” programme.

Auckland Council runs 55 libraries in the region, employing about 1000 staff.

Auckland Libraries general manager Mirla Edmundson said about 80 per cent of staff would need to reapply for their jobs.

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The new libraries structure would employ 926 permanent full-time and part-time staff.

Auckland Council’s chief operating officer Dean Kimpton said the restructure would reduce costs by $1.8 million per year.

In March Auckland Libraries accepted voluntary redundancy from 74 casual, part-time and full time staff.

The changes come as council looks at ways to future-proof libraries to keep up with changing service demands.

It was confirmed on October that there were no plans to close any of the libraries.

Edmundson said changes would include better resourced digital, online and telephone services and an expanded mobile service that reaches more socially and geographically isolated communities.