Brookfield Ask Now: Library staff reorganization promotes flexibility

The Brookfield Public Library finds itself in a position to be more responsive this year thanks to a reorganization that promotes staff flexibility.

The Brookfield Public Library finds itself in a position to be more responsive this year thanks to a reorganization that promotes staff flexibility. Photo By File photo

Nov. 17, 2015

Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Geoff Bruce answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and Elm Grove and helps solve everyday problems.

A resident asks: I remember last year in an article Mayor Ponto said something about the library changing the way it trained its staff so that things would be more efficient. Did that end up actually happening?

Answer: Yes, it did.

Last year, Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto noted in regard to the proposed 2015 budget that the Brookfield Public Library would be changing the training of some of its employees because the staff no longer was part of a union.

"There were changes that took place with the dissolution of the union," Brookfield Public Library director Edell Schaefer said. "So we moved forward with a plan to restructure staff."

The restructuring included combining library shelvers, library technician 1 positions and library technician 2s all into a single category of library technicians.

"There is now one classification for all of that," Schaefer said. "That means that everybody does everything."

Schaefer feels that the changes have been a success for the library.

"It has certainly made things a little bit more flexible for us to be more responsive," Schaefer said. "You now have a bigger pool of people who can do, or should be able to do, pretty much everything."

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geoff.bruce@jrn.com.

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