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Budget Tips for Hard Times

Things are tough all over. My library is looking at so many cuts that we were thinking about packing what books we could into the old pickup and heading to Californy with our neighbors from the Joad Library. Then we read about this. The good news at Fresno State is that they have a brand new library. Yay! The bad news is they don't have any furniture for it because the state budget has been frozen. Bummer :(  I guess my colleagues and I will have to stay where we are and not hope for better times in the land of milk and honey. Tom's unhappy, but Rose of Sharon is taking it well. We've all had to think a lot about our budgets recently, though, and it looks like things aren't going to be looking up anytime soon. Unfortunately my library already has furniture, so we can't save any money by not buying more. However, we've been brainstorming about ways to make or save money for the library. The saving money isn't so hard, because we can always just stop buying books again. It's the ...

The Shortest Way with the Dissenters

Totalitarians and ideological fanatics don't like dissent. Whether their false religion is communism or regressive librarianship or whatever, failure to bow down before their profane altar draws wary glances, and open mockery of their tawdry rites brings them out snarling and sniping like lapdogs. For those of you tuning in late, the Annoyed Librarian started life in the "conservative library blog" ghetto, back in the days when there was such a ghetto. Unfortunately it's gone away for the most part. It's still an open question as to whether I or the blog are or were ever conservative, but I really don't care one way or the other how you answer the question, since I'm not one of those knee-jerk politicos who automatically hates people if the "wrong" political label is applied to them. But, because I made common cause with the conservative bloggers over the politicization of the ALA Council, and because of a column in American Libraries classifying me as a ...

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