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Elizabeth Dailey named director of Onondaga County Public Library system

The biggest challenge she faces at OCPL, Dailey said, will be maintaining services despite significant state budget cutbacks.

"The governor recommended an 18 percent cut for libraries this year," she noted. "Hopefully, the Legislature will not make quite so steep a cut, but meanwhile we have to do more to meet the needs of all county residents even while tightening the budget."

The library system includes the Robert Kinchen Central Library at Galleries of Syracuse, eight branches and two satellites, one each at the city's Northeast and Southwest community centers. OCPL's annual budget is about $15 million, and it serves more than 200,000 patrons while circulating more than 1.5 million items. Its staff numbers nearly 150.

Dailey will earn about $90,000 annually.

"The library system "is a huge operation," Suddaby said. "There's the Central Library in the Galleries, plus the city branches and suburban libraries, so it's tremendously diverse ranging from urban to rural. It's important to recognize the individual neighborhoods and the cultures in each neighborhood. I mean some of our library's are quiet and some are rockin' and rollin,' real high energy with lots of activity."

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