Library board sets milestones for 2012

SUWANEE -- In 2012, library officials hope fundraising efforts will take off and to even possibly add more hours.

After years of a down economy, which last year caused Gwinnett's library system to take a drastic cut in hours, officials began efforts to add advertising, sponsorships and an endowment. Library Board Chairman Philip Saxton said those efforts should pay off in the next year.

Increasing those efforts are part of a series of milestones Saxton said were given to him by Chairwoman Charlotte Nash.

After a $2.8 million cut to the library's county funding in 2010, Saxton said he was pleased the chairwoman maintained the system's funding in 2011. To keep that good relationship, he aims to reach Nash's milestones, which include an exploration of adding more hours at local branches.

Nash also asked that the library board conduct an efficiency study and prepare a long-range facilities plan.

At Monday's library board meeting, Saxton was elected to continue serving as the board chairman.

The board also voted to refrain from giving library staff a raise in 2012.

"We're going through some very tough economic times," Saxton said. "We want to thank our staff profusely for the work they do, and pray for the time we can start giving raises again."