Funding: Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Library Bond Refinancing Wins Solid Approval
From KUAR Radio:
The library tax for the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will both decrease and go on longer after voters approved a bond refinancing plan by an 86-14 percent margin.
The week-long voting period ended yesterday. Only about 4,400 went to the polls.
Between $5.5 million and $7.5 million will be used to expand library collections–including e-books and digital material–as well as upgrading computer equipment.
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The Central Arkansas Library System, with its headquarters at the main Little Rock Main Library, serves a local population of 317,457 and is the largest public Arkansas library system. Its fourteen libraries are located in the City of Little Rock (Main Little Rock Library and eight branches), Pulaski County (Wrightsville, Jacksonville, Sherwood, and Maumelle, AR), and Perry County (Perryville, AR). The Central Arkansas Library System serves an additional state-wide population of nearly one million users through the Gateway Project. The system contains over 850,000 volumes and is the largest research collection in central Arkansas. In 2010, there were over 2 million visits to Central Arkansas Library System branches, and users checked out over 2.4 million items.
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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.