Report: “San Diego Libraries Face Budget Cuts, Long-Term Challenges of Social Distancing”
From the San Diego Union Tribune:
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on San Diego’s 36-branch library system, which has been closed since March 13 and is facing budget cuts that will mean shorter hours when pandemic-related restrictions are lifted.
The system also is facing questions about how it will operate in a new world where social distancing is likely to be required for many months.
Closing on Sundays and Mondays would save an estimated $6.8 million, slicing about 12 percent off the library system’s $56 million annual budget.
Shortly after the branches closed last month, the foundation contributed $20,000 to allow [Misty] Jones [San Diego Public Library Director] to buy more e-books, which can be accessed from the library system’s website.
Jones then re-allocated more than $50,000 from traditional books to e-books in her materials budget.
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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.