Arkansas: Small-Town Libraries Struggle to Stay Open When Funding is Short
Local support is crucial for rural libraries, especially at a time when funding is hard to come by, library officials say. The state Legislature in March sliced $1 million in state aid to Arkansas public libraries.
“There’s a hunger out there for libraries, but some smaller communities may not have the money to feed that hunger,” said Ruth Hyatt, manager of library services for the Arkansas State Library. “We get calls every day from people wanting to develop their libraries or fighting to keep the survival of them going.
“You have to get creative when revenues begin shrinking,” Hyatt said. “Book budgets are humongous. Rural libraries have to rely on book sales, donations and community support.”
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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.