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With proposed advisory committee, private involvement in Omaha Library criticized again

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jun 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-15 23:25:06-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — An addition on Tuesday to the Omaha Public Library Board of Trustee’s agenda for the Thursday meeting has some critics up in arms again.

The library board will vote on creating an advisory committee made up of members from both the city and private organizations. That includes, per the agenda:

  • Executive Director, OPL
  • Assistant Library Director, OPL
  • Senior Staff Member, OPL (as designated by the Executive Director)
  • CEO, Community Information Trust
  • Director, Do Space
  • Designated Board representative of Omaha Public Library Foundation
  • Designated Board representative appointed by the Trustees
  • City of Omaha Finance Director
  • City of Omaha Director of HR
  • A Representative from the Mayor’s Office

The full resolution is here.

Private involvement, the suddenness of the proposal for the advisory committee and a lack of access to it are some of what Omaha residents are upset about.

Community Information Trust and Do Space are both creations of Heritage Omaha. The city is working with Heritage Omaha on plans in the works for a new central library at 72nd and Dodge. Heritage will front most of the cost but the city will run the library.

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