Florida Library Funding

I just got an e-mail from the Florida Library Association. Below is the main part of the text. State funding on library programs will be decided over the next week by budget conferees, who are responsible for negotiating House and Senate budget positions and developing a budget to send to Governor Crist.

Bushnell Minimum Staffing

bq.City Council member Dale Swain questioned the tentative salaries requested for several employees Monday evening during the 2006-2007 budget workshop. One of Swain’s concerns was that the city was paying approximately $100,000 in salaries to four library employees. He said he was unaware if any had degrees or certification in library science.

More Money and More Freedom

bq.James McBride, author of the best-selling memoir The Color of Water, said that the public must “demand that government give librarians — who are the last line of the defense of reason in this society — more money and more freedom.” That remark drew a warm response from the audience, which Mr.

Gates Usage

bq.For the library, supplying patrons with access to the Internet and the Web has become central to its mission, an updating of its long tradition of providing information free to the public. The transition has come quickly. In 1996, 28 percent of all libraries had PC’s for public access to the Internet.

Denver Taxing District

Rick Ashton, Director of the “Denver Public Library(Denver Public Library)”:http://www.denver.lib.co.us/, “wants(Bound, determined to fund books)”:http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1885498,00.html to create a special taxing district to give the library a consistent source of funding outside the whims and budget stresses of the current process. Mayor John Hickenlooper is less than “enthusiastic(Denver Librarian Pushes For Library Tax District)”:http://news4colorado.com/localnews/local_story_012112954.html over the idea thinking that it might lessen voter enthusiasm for other projects.

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.

Minneapolis Library Funding

“If there ever is a grand-opening ceremony for a new Minneapolis library, we’ll need a massive, steel-enforced podium to hold all the people who will want to take credit for the place. But now that the old library is mostly rubble and the new library has the hazy look of a dream, it’s almost impossible to find anyone who will say, ‘My fault.