New Jersey: South Jersey Public Libraries on Borrowed Time Due to Financial Woes
South Jersey libraries, experts in lending, may themselves be living on borrowed time as repeated decreases in property tax revenue and slashed state aid continue to force many libraries to make some tough choices.
The recent announcement that the Margaret E. Heggan library in Washington Township will cut hours and charge a new DVD rental fee in 2013 is just the latest news in the increasingly bleak financial outlook for municipal, county and association libraries throughout South Jersey.
Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association Pat Tumulty said libraries’ financial hardships are directly connected to statewide economic declines.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) 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.