Priorities

A majority of the country’s library systems are having to make cuts, according to the American Library Association, and many of those cutbacks are quite devastating, even if the headline numbers aren’t as large. {As an FYI, your Haverford Township Free Library has already been informed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that cuts will amount to 11% going into budget year 2011. Locally, the public budget process in Haverford Township will soon begin.} As government deals with the slow recovery, the budgets—some of them adopted this summer for the 2011 fiscal year—have placed large chunks of library funding on the block. The article indicates that for desperate officials, it’s a soft target, but librarians warn that cutting hours and positions might actually slow down the pace of recovery.

Check out this interesting piece: Public libraries: Victims of the recession