Library Funding Issues

Library funding has been especially hard hit lately. The “New York Public Library(New York Public Library)”:http://www.nypl.org/ is “launching(Library To Raise Emergency Funding)”:http://www.nynewsday.com/news/education/nyc-library0801,0,2313346.story an $18 Million Emergency Fund-Raising Drive. As noted in the article, the effects are bring felt nationwide. A little closer to home (like the county due north of where I am sitting), the future of the “Polk County Library Cooperative(Polk County Library Cooperative)”:http://www.pclc.lib.fl.us/ is in severe “jeopardy(Polk Library Budget May Be Cut in Half)”:http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030808/NEWS/308080351/1039. Another nearby country (due west) has had their acquisitions budget reduced to zero. In Florida, counties and cooperatives receive funding through a state matching program. When local contributions are reduced, state are as well (after a two year delay). It may be many years before some of these institutions recover.