Texas Legislature Restores $7.5 Million in Public Library Funding
The $7.5 million restores about 1/4 of the approx. $30 million in funding that was cut by the legislature during 2011.
the From an Op-Ed in the Alice Echo News-Journal by State Representative, J.M. Lozano:
One outcome of the 83rd Legislature was to restore $7.5 million in critical funding for libraries in the areas of digital content, like learning and workforce development tools. These resources- including e-books, tutorials, online journals, research materials, and certification prep tests- are available through our local library. All you need is your local library card.
In 2011, the statewide library budget was cut by nearly $30 million. Fortunately, the 83rd Legislative Session brought back about $7.5 million in order to rebuild and strengthen public libraries across the state. These funds are utilized in a number of ways to improve the Texas library system, including improved accessible digital content through the TexShare database program.
“During the 83rd Legislature, my colleagues and I worked to restore much-needed funding to our state’s libraries,” Representative Ed Thompson stated. “These additional funds contribute to the TexShare database program, which allows Texans to access all kinds of educational resources through their local library.”
See Also: From (January 16, 2012; via LJ): “The New Normal: Annual Library Budgets Survey 2012”
In July , Gov. Rick Perry signed a new state biennial budget (FY12/13) that reduced state funding for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by 64 percent and cut state funding for the agency’s library programs by 88 percent.
“Everybody is just shaking their heads because this is more drastic than any measures we’ve seen in the past, and I’ve been around Texas libraries for more than 40 years,” Jerilynn Williams, president of the Texas Library Association and director at Montgomery County Library, said at the time.
Hat Tip: Against-The Grain
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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.