Is this an example of the skills and knowledge of librarians being undervalued while management puts more on the plate of library assistants without a commensurate pay increase? Will library patrons and library staff find this change unworkable as the reference queries continue to flow without the necessary staff to answer them?
The Free Library of Philadelphia is an increasinly librarian-free Library service. Due to funding cuts, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be operating 20 out of its 49 branches without librarians. Library assistants will provide lesser reference services at these branches.