Money Issues

The Crumbling Intellectual Foundation

Bob writes \"This article at the Chronicle of Higher Education talks about the real effects of lack of funding in academe.

\"The campus is going to have to help us decide what they want in a library. We won\'t be able to serve everyone.\"

You\'ll need a subscription to read this one, be sure to get your hands on a copy and read this!

\"We tend to not honor scholars right now,\" he says. \"We honor people who risk their lives or make enormous profits or invent gadgets that are useful. ... But for whatever reason, knowledge for knowledge\'s sake doesn\'t have much currency.\"

From Section: Special Report
Volume 49, Issue 4, Page A10


UIS denies ‘looting’ budget of library/museum

An Interesting Story from Illinois that says Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal wrote that the UIS appropriation is part of a scheme by Robert Newtson, chief of staff to Gov. George Ryan, to “plunder the library’s ... operating funds” for Newtson’s benefit.
A university spokeswoman said those charges are unfounded.


Spend Your Moneys Well

SomeOne writes \"A Story From Liverpool says hundreds of complaints were made against Liverpool\'s libraries last year despite massive investment, And although £1.3m was invested in 2000/01, an increase of £700,000 on 1998/99, the number of books has dropped.

There are now 240 fewer books per 1,000 people than four years ago.

But recent research from the Liverpool Citizen\'s Panel showed that only 44% of people wanted computers and the Internet in the city\'s libraries, compared to 86% who thought books were more important.\"


Library Planned Major Projects Ahead of Looming Budget Cuts

Before state budget cuts took place in Ohio, the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County had begun some costly projects. According to the article, \"The library\'s funding crisis has been more than a year in the making ... During that year, the library embarked on ambitious capital projects in Harrison, Clifton and Reading, gave librarians across-the-board raises of 3 percent (and almost 6 percent for top staff), and otherwise continued operating with little outward sign of the financial troubles ahead.\" Read More.


More Ohio Libraries Hit with Big Budget Cuts

The Wheeling News Register is reporting on libraries in Belmont County Ohio being forced to cut service hours and collections due to big budget cuts. They\'ve also been forced to initiate a hiring freeze. Read More.


Patronage Rises as Funding for Ohio Libraries Shrinks

Ohio libraries have experienced an 8% decrease in funding within the past year, but more patrons are visiting libraries than before. In some cases, patrons are making quite a bit of noise about it. But, is it enough? Read More. [may require free registration].


Fifth Third starts fund to save libraries

More Good News from Cincy, where Fifth Third Bank launched a \"Save the Libraries Fund\" to support five local library branches that may be closed because of budget cuts.

This after Commissioner Todd Portune, Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and a handful of other elected officials Friday signed a declaration saying the library should not close five branches to help resolve a $4.3 million budget deficit.


State Libraries Face Bookkeeping Woes

Lack of space and funding is biting libraries in Utah. Libraries across the state may be forced to make a choice between having literary classics on their shelves, or Internet access. Read More.


British Library closed by strike action for first time

To follow up on Ryan\'s story, The Guardian Says the British Library was closed by strike action for first time.
The 24-hour closure was over the library\'s refusal to raise a 4% pay award to staff. These include the library assistants - some of them earning only £10,000 to £15,000 a year.The strike closed the new St Pancras building\'s total of six reading rooms and a similar room at the library\'s outstation in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. Scholars at a third centre, the British Newspaper Library at Colindale, north London, were only able to work if they had ordered material in advance.


British Library faces strike

Managing Information reports:

The management of the British Library has been notified by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union that it plans to take strike action over the Library\'s 2001-2002 pay offer.

A recent BL press release stated the British Library\'s management is \"disappointed that PCS has decided to strike. The pay offer averaging 4% has already been accepted by two of the three unions that represent staff at the Library. The offer is double the current rate of inflation and higher than the average for the cultural sector (3.8%). Furthermore, staff are aware that the Library does not have the funds to improve on the offer\".

Complete article, plus additional coverage from the Times.



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