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\"After years of belt tightening, the state\'s public library system on March 30 will close the book for good on some much-loved services in a move that portends further changes.\"
\"The four Bookmobiles — on O\'ahu, the Big Island, Maui and Moloka\'i — will cease their longtime traveling library operations. All libraries will be restricted to operating no more than 40 hours per week, causing some of the larger libraries to cut 10 or 20 hours from their schedules.\"
\"To trim electricity, security and other costs, no library will be open for more than five days per week.\" (from The Honolulu Advisor)
Anne writes \"The Florida State Genealogical Society has created a page , devoted to efforts to save the Florida State Library and Archives with news updates. The Florida Historical Society also has a page with an online petition to be presented on February 28. \"
\"Washington Gov. Gary Locke (D), who wants to cut the state library, has found an ally in Senate Republicans, who want to speed up cuts to state government. Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sen. Dino Rossi has proposed cuts in $127 million in state spending before the end of the current two-year budget cycle, by speeding up Locke\'s proposed spending cuts for 2003-05, according to the Olympian. Thus, the State Library would be closed to the public before July 1.\" (from Library Journal)
Another piece on the closing of the Florida State Library. The plan apparently being to fire all the staff and give all the holdings to FSU. The University will not be given additional funding for staff or space to deal with the collection. The Governor has apparently also declared February to be \"Florida Library Appreciation Month.\" More from the Orlando Sentinel.
The case of the Florida State Library continues with Word That Florida State University will not take on the responsibility as originally envisioned by Gov. Jeb Bush\'s proposed budget.
FSU President T.K. Wetherell said they don\'t have the money or the space, 10.8 linear miles of it to accommodate almost 1 million documents. They say there are five other secret possibilities being considered, but another library official said he thinks the private Nova Southeastern University in Broward County is among the possibilities.
\"One of the important roles of the state library is to provide an interface between citizens and their government,\" Mason said. \"When you remove the state library, you remove the librarians that make access to that information possible; you are removing the ability of citizens to know what their governments are doing.\"
The Tallahassee Democrat calls the Plan to close State Library brazenly bad, while The Palm Beach Post Says eliminating the state library raises more questions than the governor\'s office has answers. e.g. where they would place 10.7 linear miles of materials.
The Naples Daily News and another from The Tallahassee Democrat cover the issues as well.
Meanwhile, in Washington State, Republicans want to move up closing the State Library to the public.
The Tallahasseee Democrat is reporting that The Florida State Library is being eyed for possible elimination by Governor Jeb Bush as part of an agency merger that would cut jobs and save the State millions. \"The new Department of State and Community Partnerships would handle all the big programs of both departments, in particular elections and emergency management, as well as most of the lower-priority activities the two departments now concern themselves with. In addition, some programs will be transferred to other state agencies, and one - the Florida State Library - would be eliminated. Bush sees the merger as a logical extension of a constitutional amendment that put the Department of State under the governor\'s direction instead of under an elected secretary of state. The merged agency, if approved by the Legislature, would be directed by the appointed secretary of state.\" Read It.
From The Olympian:
The Washington State Library barely survived Gov. Gary Locke\'s attempt earlier this year to eliminate it, and supporters are worried it will again be on the chopping block when the governor releases his 2003-05 budget proposal in two weeks.
\"We\'re afraid again because the governor has communicated ... that he still wants to go after the library,\" Secretary of State Sam Reed said Tuesday at a meeting of The Olympian\'s Editorial Board.
The following editorial appeared in the Thursday, December 05, 2002 edition of the Seattle Times...
\"As state officials jiggle trees to find money to plug the anticipated $2-billion budget deficit, they should shake the Washington State Library lightly. The state library already went through the ringer when Gov. Gary Locke proposed its elimination to meet last year\'s budget shortfall. Library supporters, including some lawmakers, rallied to save the library, albeit with a new boss, a smaller budget, leaner staff and a keener mission.\" Read More.
More Bad State Library News from the Pacific Northwest.
This time, the Idaho State Library budget may be cut 15 percent. They say fewer agencies have taken advantage of the library partly because so many people use the internet now.
The librarian says:
\"Its our belief that state agency folks don\'t know as much about us as they we think they should.\"
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