January 27, 2022

Connecticut: “Library Funding Cuts Prompt Regionalization Questions”

From West Hartford News:

Another reduction in state funding has Connecticut libraries questioning whether they can continue a model that emphasizes local control.

The legislature restored some of the cuts proposed earlier this year by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, including one that would have eliminated the program allowing Connecticut residents to check out books from any of 192 participating libraries. But the final state budget approved in June represents a decrease in library funding that continues a trend State Librarian Kendall Wiggin said has been going on for years.

“Our cuts have been real, and they’ve been sustained. We’ve been managing with less and less and less and still trying to keep up the same service levels,” Wiggin said.

He said it might be time for Connecticut to look at a tactic being used in other states – regionalization.

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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.