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Ohio Governor Orders $375 Million in Budget Cuts

With Ohio\'s slumping economy, cuts to state funding for some agencies is necessary to fill a $1 billion gap. According to Governor Taft, \"In these tough times we have to tighten our belts, while giving priority to basic education support and programs affecting seniors and the health and safety of our citizens.\" Others criticize the move, saying that the cuts will jeopardize some citizens. The Columbus Dispatch has More Here.

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Library\'s journals come with hefty prices

Gary Price, from the VAS&ND, sent over This One from Canada, on journal prices.

They repeat what we most likely already know, Libraries at research institutions,
including the University of
Guelph, have been struggling
with higher material prices for
two decades, and one of the
most prominent problems is the
skyrocketing price of prestigious,
high-end journals professors
want. The price of journals increased 226 per cent between 1986 and 2000, while
the cost of monographs (books) increased 66 per cent.

\"Libraries are being starved for funds. What is most seriously happening is the
price of materials is going up, and libraries are less able to purchase them. It
is most acute with journals,\" said Chris Dennis, chair of the Canadian
Association of University Teachers librarians committee.

\"What\'s causing the problem is the increased commercialization of the
industry. Academics need to know articles have been scrutinized by their
colleagues,\" Dennis said. \"

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Minnesota cuts Library Development Services

Gregg Martinson writes \"Minnesota has closed it\'s professional resource library, severely reduced the capacity of the services in the state library for the blind and reduced it\'s professional support system for school libraries across the state. The uproar in the library community has been severe, and the commissioner for the state has responded in a curt fashion. Don\'t expect a response from Jessie \"the Mind\" Ventura. Its a sad time for librarians, especially school librarians in Minnesota. \"

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Laura Bush Foundation for Libraries Off To Strong Start

Gary D. Price, The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk Guy, sent over This AP Story that says One year after launching a foundation to buy books for
America\'s libraries, first lady Laura Bush said Tuesday that she\'s off to a $5
million start -- with help from her mother-in-law.

Mrs. Bush said the donations will help expand the collections of neglected
libraries ``from fact and fiction to periodicals and prize-winning books.\'\'

``... And the wonderful thing is, once a child learns to use a library, the
doors to learning are always open.\'\'

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Selling ALA Posters on eBay

ALA Celebrity \"READ\" posters seem to do pretty well on
eBay -- \"extremely rare\" Yoda posters selling for over $15, Ani DiFranco posters regularly topping $20 or even $25. That\'s a markup of 150%-200% over regular prices, not including a discount for membership or buying more than four posters at a time.

\"Hmm, my salary is low
because people are stupid and like to go to the Internet instead of
asking a librarian... my salary is low... there are stupid people on the
Internet... my salary is low... there are stupid people on the
Internet... by Dewey, I think I\'ve got it!\"

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Library eliminating overdue late fees

Here\'s A Story out of CT that says the Litchfield Public Library is replacing the old ladder system of late fees at the library with a new honor system called the \'Conscience Box\', which allows patrons to pay late fees as they see fit.
They say they did a lot of research and they actually bring in just as much money with this system as they did with the mandatory fines.
Has anyone else tried this?

\"This is a wonderful new policy,\" Oliver Wolcott Library director Ann Marie White said. \"We first started tinkering with this last winter and it has worked beautifully so now it is library policy. We\'ll be doing it every day for an indefinite period of time.\"

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California law libraries fear budget Bill

Genie sent over This
One
on A bill before the state\'s Assembly Local Government
Committee this week would force libraries to pick up the tab for
responsibilities that have been handled by county governments for the
past 111 years.

BBusch also posted this on WEB4LIB:\"San Diego County Public
Law Library fate is in the hands of the state

legislature, to learn more about the issues and answers please listen
to

Library Director, Charley Dyer, who will be on Tom Fudge\'s show,
\"These

Days,\" which airs at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 7,

on 89.5 FM, KBPS. Mr. Dyer will debate the proposed State AB 2648,

which recommends stopping local County government funding of
facilities

and maintenance for the County Law Library program. Mr. Dyer will

debate with Jim Gross, who is the lobbyist for this
bill.\" 

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MONEY TALKS: Make book on it, librarians like fines

Bob Cox sent along This One from Detroit that says Michigan\'s bookish librarians suddenly morph into Charles Bronson, when it comes to supporting tough laws for traffic offenders,
because a large chunk of library funding comes from traffic fines, up to 90 percent for libraries in some small towns.

They call the Michigan Library Association aggressive in protecting their piece of the revenue pie because they pushed a bill that forbids judges from collecting money locally if they don\'t also impose state-recorded fines.

The measure was signed into law in December, a testament to the clout of librarians, and they vigorously opposed legislative efforts to raise money for other causes -- however worthy.

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Director Wants to Impose Library Fee

The director of the Pasco county (FL) library wants local legislators to impose an \"impact fee on homeowners in order to pay for improvements to the library. \"I realize that there are many services that are needed in Pasco County, and libraries are just one of them,\'\' Bonjour said during an earlier interview. But in order to meet these services, the residents have to decide: \'Am I willing to pay for them.\'\" More

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No end in sight for Canadian library strike

From Canada.com:

The strike of some 180 unionized workers at the Regina Public Library is entering its third day today and there are no signs a settlement is near . . .

While conceding the strike is causing considerable inconvenience for people who use the library for recreational and research purposes, Library Director Sandy Cameron said there are no plans for library management to reopen the library without the services of the striking workers. \"We can\'t run the library without the staff,\'\' Cameron said. \"We wouldn\'t try to keep it open, this (the strike) is part of the negotiating process. . .\"

The predominately female workforce at the library believes it is underpaid, based on gender-based discrimination.

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