November 28, 2020

Massachusetts: Public Libraries Pushing For 50% Boost in State Funding

From MassLive/The Republican:

Public libraries are hoping for a significant boost in state aid this year after a long period of spare funding, said Mary Kronholm, a Blandford resident and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

As budget season approaches, the commissioners are pushing for a 50 percent boost in “line item 9501” — unrestricted state aid to libraries — from $9 million to $13.5 million. They also ask that a “technology and resource sharing” line item be more than doubled, from $2.73 million to $6 million.

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State aid to libraries is lower than it’s been in 14 years, according to literature distributed at the event, while the demand for services is higher than ever. At the same time, advocates say, libraries have been forced to cut hours and reduce staff due to budget cuts.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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