January 16, 2022

Wyoming State Library Asked to Cut Budget by 11%

From the WyomingLibraries Blog:

With the downturn in energy markets, libraries across the state are being asked to make do with less, including the Wyoming State Library. Between the Legislature’s “penny plan” and the Governor’s 8% budget reduction request, the WSL has been asked to trim just under 11% from state funds in its budget. This reduction is in line with what other state agencies have experienced.


Libraries should not see any significant changes in WYLD services. “WYLD infrastructure is a high priority,” said Brian Greene, Program Manager. “We know our libraries rely on WYLDCAT, OCLC, and interlibrary loan. Our office will make sure the technology and the technical support are there.”

In the GoWYLD databases, the State Library discontinued its contract for Reference USA in 2015 and for EBSCO OmniFile as of July 1. Mango Languages was dropped by WSL but picked up by the University of Wyoming with no interruption in service. An Electronic Resources Task Force is now prioritizing the types of electronic resources that academic, public, school, and special libraries need for their patrons.

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