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Mayor's Blue Ribbon Taskforce for the Miami-Dade Public Library System

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez convened a Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Taskforce on October 30, 2013 to analyze and develop a Master Plan for the future of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. The taskforce, which will be led by Mayor Gimenez, is comprised of business, education and community leaders, as well as library funders, advocates, patrons and employees..

Miami-Dade Public Library System Master Plan

To move toward a fiscally sustainable library system that meets the current and future needs of our County in an innovative, but pragmatic manner, community stakeholders will have to join forces to tackle difficult questions, propose viable solutions, and share information with our residents in a timely fashion.

To that end, in the coming months, a Master Plan for the MDPLS that aims to answer the following questions will be developed:

  • What is the most fiscally effective way to deliver library services of substantial benefit to all County residents?
  • What services do we currently provide in our libraries that must continue over the next 5 years? 10 years? What services will need to be phased out, modified, enhanced or introduced over the next 5 years? 10 years?

The blueprint for the future of our library system will require a study of the current system’s funding structure, the library services our community needs now, and the services it will require in the years to come.

The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Taskforce will undertake this challenging work over the next several months.

Mission

The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to maintain and improve public library services that meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of our diverse community.  During the Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget process, the role of libraries in our community emerged as an important topic that was at the heart of much public discourse. 

The decision was ultimately made to fully fund our existing library service model for the current fiscal year, leaving the MDPLS with a substantial $21 million projected deficit for fiscal year 2014-2015.  As such, our community has less than 12 months to develop a comprehensive, long term solution for the library system’s future. 

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