Ohio: “Librarians Lament Potential Funding Cuts From State”
Local libraries are asking for the public’s help in speaking out against proposed state budget cuts that, if passed, would reduce services and collection sizes at several Lorain County branches.
Under House Bill 49, which is the proposed operating budget for the state, the Public Library Fund would be reduced from 1.7 percent to 1.66 percent on July 1.
In 2008, libraries were funded with 2.22 percent of the state gross revenue fund, but because of the Great Recession, that dropped in 2010 to 1.97 percent and then again in 2013 to 1.66 percent. The rate was increased this year to 1.7 percent, where libraries were hoping it would stay, but under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget, that’s not the case.
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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.