June 28, 2016

Aurora Library Budget Cuts Staff, Hours, Locations

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Having exhausted its cash reserves and knowing that a tax increase is a political non-starter, Illinois’ Aurora Public Library (APL) will eliminate 21 jobs in August, the first phase in a cost-cutting effort designed to close a looming $1.5 million budget gap.

Hartford PL Budget Cuts Reduced

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A $600,000 budget cut will force Connecticut’s Hartford Public Library (HPL) to eliminate 10 jobs and curtail Saturday hours at most branches, but swift intervention by Mayor Luke Bronin prevented an even steeper reduction that would have left the system with no choice but to close three of its 10 branches.

New York City FY17 Budget To Ensure Baseline Library Funding

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For the second year in a row, the proposed New York City capital budget provided a healthy allocation for the city’s three library systems. In a handshake agreement announced on June 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio—along with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, and members of New York City Council—presented the proposed $82.1 billion capital budget, which included $43 million in funding for New York’s three library systems. The funding restores and baselines an extra $21 million for libraries in FY17.

Newfoundland To Shutter More than Half its Libraries

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Outrage grows across Canada over a plan to close 54 of 95 public libraries in the eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador, many of them in rural or sparsely populated areas. Twenty-seven libraries will be shut this year and 27 more in 2017, leaving only 41 facilities to serve the entire province, under a plan being implemented by the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board (PILRB), which saw its federal funding slashed.

Who Pays the Freight? Open Access: The Future of Funding

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET / 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PT
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360° Fund Raising | Budgets & Funding

EFFORTS, EVENTS, EFFECTS Top: Darien Library’s Party on Post gala, a true crowd-pleaser; Bottom: the customized and colorful new bookmobile funded by the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Party On Post flyer by Bryan D’angelo; Party On Post photo by Katherine Sweet Photography

From annual appeals, planned giving, and partnerships to events, libraries’ fundraising efforts do much more than make up gaps. Libraries of every size, in communities of all kinds, can develop fundraising strategies to meet a wide range of programming, collection development, and building needs and provide a chance to try things that public money might not cover such as new services, training, or temporary staff. But this adaptability requires ongoing maintenance of approaches, databases, and—most of all—relationships.

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Grow Your Budget: Think Like an Australian

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With book budgets being chipped away by price increases for serial subscriptions, and ebook budgets feeling the squeeze from journals, librarians are spending more time seeking ways to relieve this financial pressure. But a model of fiscal efficiency does exist—Down Under. “Australian libraries have been sort of the canary in the coal mine when it […]

In Solidarity: Standing with UK Libraries | Editorial

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Last month, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) released a series of articles on the status of public libraries in the UK. The news is dramatic. More than 300 libraries have been closed since 2010—the reported total of 343 includes 132 mobile libraries, with over 100 more on the chopping block—and almost 8,000 jobs have been lost. The advocacy drumbeat for UK libraries has been sounding for some time, with prominent authors and celebrities offering their support. Staring down the numbers reported by the BBC has spurred a barrage of public and professional response—some reinforcing negative stereotypes and others helping to build the case for more investment.

Library Advocates Fend off Kansas Legislative Threat

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Kansas library professionals, forced to mobilize quickly and using social media to rally support and spread their message, convinced lawmakers to remove language from a fast-tracked tax bill that they said threatened the survival of the state’s seven regional systems and, in turn, promised a trickle-down reduction in services for public libraries.

Plainfield Library District Referenda Lose to Robocalling

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On March 15, the Plainfield Public Library District (PPLD), IL, failed to pass two referenda—a bond measure and a property tax increase—needed to raise money for a new library building. The ticket fell victim to a Vote No campaign consisting of mailers and last-minute robocalls funded by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a right-wing super PAC (political action committee) with an antitax agenda. Behind AFP lies tens of thousands of dollars from the billionaire Koch brothers, lifelong Libertarians who heavily oppose taxes, social services, and industrial oversight, among other government functions.