Michigan Libraries Strained by Budget Cuts
In the 2012-2013 state budget, funding for library services was reduced by 9.4 percent, a cut of $2.3 million.
The repeal of the personal property tax could also have a major impact on smaller libraries in northern Michigan. The Anderson Economic Group and the Michigan Library Association reported that 20 northern Michigan libraries could lose an estimated $502,480. The average loss would be 10% of total revenue from real and personal taxes.
And libraries that don’t shut down are often forced to cut back on staff or operating hours. Statewide, Michigan saw a nearly 26 percent decrease in accessible hours last year, nearly three times the national average, according to the 2011-2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study by the American Library Association. Two-thirds of Michigan libraries offer the only free public computer or Internet access to their communities.
About Gary Price
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.