It was not until well into the conversation between New York Times columnist Gail Collins and Library Journal senior editor Margaret Heilbrun that there was any mention of Collins’s absorption with Mitt Romney’s dog, but the audience didn’t want for amusement as Collins discussed her latest book, As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Norton, 2012).
Library Journal’s annual budget survey reveals that many public libraries are, at best, furiously treading water.
The 388 libraries that responded to the survey projected a negligible overall decrease in their total 2012 operating budgets (0.7 percent). Materials budgets are down 1.2 percent. And personnel budgets are relatively flat, with an uptick of just 0.2 percent.