Library Funding Issues

Library funding has been especially hard hit lately. The “New York Public Library(New York Public Library)”: is “launching(Library To Raise Emergency Funding)”:,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)”: is in severe “jeopardy(Polk Library Budget May Be Cut in Half)”: 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.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.