June 18, 2018

Watchung, NJ Borough Council Votes to Close Library

Update: A local citizens’ group, Keep a Library in Watchung, has filed a lawsuit in Somerset County Superior Court against the Borough Council, seeking to overturn its decision to close the library. The suit alleges that the council’s actions violate the New Jersey State Constitution of 1947 as well as the U.S. Constitution, the Open Public Meetings Act, the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, and New Jersey’s Local Housing and Redevelopment Act.

Federal Budget Compromise Keeps—and Boosts—IMLS Funding

UPDATE: 3/26/18: On Friday, March 23, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill for FY18—after first threatening to veto it in an early-morning tweet. The bill will, among other provisions, keep the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and other government-funded culture and education agencies afloat through September.

Sandy Pon | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Digital Developers

Even for trained information professionals, the world of grants can feel intimidating and opaque. Asking for money is never easy, but information clearinghouses such as the Foundation Center can provide useful insight and guidance, thanks to the efforts of specialists like Sandy Pon.

Jeanne Marie Ryan | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Change Agents

Jeanne Marie Ryan has some advice for anyone who wants to get anything big done: “It pays to be persistent—and keep smiling as you go back to people.” That approach served her well as the chief strategist for and coordinator of the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act. “She’s the Godmother of our first-ever library bond act,” says nominator Chris Carbone, director of the South Brunswick Public Library, NJ.

A Winning Story: Big Successes, with an Eye To Winds of Change | Editorial

A full 90 percent of all library referenda tracked by political action committee EveryLibrary and LJ passed in 2017. It’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the astounding support that number represents as it encompasses results in both blue and red states, cities large and small.

How to Win at the Ballot Box | Budgets & Funding

The past two years have seen more than 100 U.S. libraries place budget referenda on their local ballots; LJ tracked 54 wins out of 79 measures in 2016 and 31 wins out of 36 in 2017. LJ reached out to several libraries that succeeded with their initiatives in the past decade to find out how they did it.

Found Money | Budgets & Funding

When bequests are managed from donors who have been identified for years, foundations and libraries know that certain funds are coming and why. But occasionally a quiet patron, someone who perhaps hasn’t drawn attention to themselves, can be one of the most generous of benefactors.

Breaking Records at the Polls | Budgets & Funding

Libraries saw unprecedented success in the voting booth in 2017. Can we keep the momentum going?

Holding Pattern | Budgets & Funding

LJ’s 2018 Budget Survey shows overall budgets continuing to increase slightly, but federal funding disputes and new tax laws raise concern.

Federal Budget Request Seeks to Defund IMLS, Cultural Agencies—Again

The FY19 budget request released on February 12 by the Trump administration calls for the defunding of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), as well as a number of other programs relevant to libraries, just as it did last year.