Long-term and short-term plans for Lubbock's library system are still under discussion by Library Board members and City Council members.
Both groups have been considering options to draw up a master plan. There's a complicated question to answer: With rapidly-changing technology, what does a library of the future look like? A month ago, council shelved an $80,000 proposal to hire a consultant for the task. Councilman Todd Klein didn't like the idea then, and when it came up today at a Library Board meeting, he still didn't like it.
"At this point in time, hiring someone could be premature, and I think you have a council that kind of spoke to that issue, and me as one of seven, I think personally, you can look at all options, but at this point in time, as you heard me say a few council meetings ago when we took this up, we don't need to go there yet, and maybe not at all," Klein said.
Another issue was the more immediate future of the Godeke Branch Library. According to the lease, the owners of the Slide Road shopping center could tell the library to vacate the premises with just a 90-day notice. A Library Board subcommittee was appointed to make a contingency plan should that happen.