October 22, 2014

Canadian Library Association Posts Update About Upcoming Cuts at Library and Archives Canada

Posted Today on the CLA Web Site: As part of CLA’s ongoing discussions with senior management at Library and Archives Canada, today CLA has received an update on LAC’s plans for implementing the cuts announced in the 2012 federal budget. LAC is working on options for its ILL/Document Delivery service, with location searching no longer […]

Video & Text Testimony: New York Public Library President Testifies on Proposed FY2013 Budget Cuts

View/Read Text of Prepared Remarks of NYPL President Tony Marx before the New York City Council Committee on Finance (March 13, 2012) about a proposed $42 million cut to the NYPL budget. From the Prepared Statement: We are here today to discuss the FY13 Preliminary Budget and the impact of the Mayor’s proposed $42.6 million […]

Fewer New Materials Mean Long Waits For D.C. Library Customers

From The Washington Examiner: Facing a dramatic slash to its book budget, the D.C. Public Library system is anticipating customer waits of up to six weeks for its popular materials if the D.C. Council does not restore funding next year. At an oversight hearing Wednesday conducted by Councilman Tommy Wells, about 50 library staff and […]

Kansas: Johnson County Library to Consider Closing Three Branches

Johnson County, KS borders Kansas City, MO and includes Overland Park, Leawood, Mission Hills, and others suburbs. From KansasCity.com: Johnson County Library officials are considering reducing hours at three branch libraries and possibly closing them altogether because of budget cuts, they announced Tuesday. The Johnson County Library Board on Thursday will discuss the library staff’s […]

Preprint: Article: "How Users Search the Library From a Single Search Box"

Title: “How Users Search the Library From a Single Search Box” Authors: Cory Lown, Tito Sierra, and Josh Boyer Affiliation: North Carolina St. University (All Authors) Source: College and Research Libraries Abstract Academic libraries are turning increasingly to unified search solutions to simplify search and discovery of library resources. Unfortunately, very little research has been […]

Toronto Public Library Must Trim $7-Million More For 10% Cut

Note: The Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban library system in the world. From The Globe and Mail: The city’s budget committee will impose a 10 per cent cut on Toronto’s libraries despite continued protests that it can’t be done without slashing hours. During a rancorous budget committee meeting on Monday, Budget Chief Mike […]

Toronto Library Board Rejects Mayor’s Demand for 10% Budget Cut

From the The Globe and Mail: Toronto’s library board has voted to reject Rob Ford’s demand for a 10 per cent cut, marking a clear split between the mayor and the board he chose to head one of the city’s largest agencies. In an 8-5 decision, directors thwarted a proposal from board chair Councillor Paul […]

Cuts to Service, New Fines Proposed to Slash Toronto Library Budget

The Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban library system in the world and the largest public library system in Canada (98 branches). From The Globe and Mail: Facing demands from Mayor Rob Ford to slash a further 4.3 per cent from her budget, Toronto’s chief librarian is proposing new fines and a slate of […]