Public Library Funding Roundup (News from Louisiana and Georgia)
Last week we learned (via LJ) that Louisiana would eliminate about $1 million in state funding for libraries.
Here are two reports from local papers about how public libraries in the state are handling news of the cut.
1. Parish Libraries Lose State Funding (via Natchez Democrat)
Report from Concordia Parish.
2. Library technology program eliminated from Louisiana state budget (via New Orleans Times-Picayune)
In other news…
From Dade County, Georgia:
Dade Library’s Existence Threatened As Tobin Proposes 100 Percent Cut From Budget (via The Dade County Sentinel)
Dade County Schools Superintendent Shawn Tobin last week told the Cherokee Regional Library’s board of directors he would recommend cutting funding for the Dade County Library 100 percent from the school system’s fiscal year 2013 budget.
Cherokee Regional responded immediately with a June 27 press release saying that losing the school system’s support – $37,725.60 last year – constituted a 31-percent cut the Dade branch library, already desperately underfunded, may not be able to survive.
What’s interesting to note here (and discussed in the article) is that the library is set to move into a expanded and rehabbed facility during August.
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