Public Libraries: How Jacksonville (FL) Library’s Proposed Cuts Would Affect Services
A planned $4.6 million cut to the Jacksonville Public Library’s budget next fiscal year will result in fewer books, fewer operating hours, less services and a reduced staff, adding up to greater inconvenience for patrons, library officials said Monday.
Library officials said the cutback in hours will mean:
– 189,000 fewer computer sessions per year.
– 750,000 fewer opportunities to visit the library per year.
– As many as 1.3 million fewer books, digital video disks and compact disks annually will be borrowed.
– 6,000 fewer community group meetings held at the library.
There will be a $500,000 reduction in expenditures on books, movies, music, which will result in:
– 10,000 fewer copies of new books for adults.
– 5,000 fewer copies of books for children and teens.
– 1,000 fewer new DVDs and 560 fewer music CDs.
Other cuts will impact the library as follows.
– Almost 45,000 fewer individual hours of literacy instruction per year.
– 2,700 fewer programs for children, teens and adults per year.
The proposed cuts reflect an 11 percent reduction of the library’s budget and the elimination of 71 full-time positions, which is a 20 percent reduction.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.