Money Issues

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.

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

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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Budget cuts threaten goals of black archives

jen writes \"Faced with state budget cuts and a shortage of space, Johnson is trying
to carve out a future for the little-known state-owned repository for papers
and artifacts on black history and culture.
Alabama legislators voted to form the archives and museum in 1987 after
a push by a group of A&M alumni. It opened three years later in the
renovated, 91-year-old James Hembray Wilson Building on the A&M campus.

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Libraries get Loud

This Story says we need to start yelling about something other than filtering, or we wil go bye-bye


\"Libraries do not have a vocal constituency,\" he said, explaining why Winnefox could be punished despite its model of cooperation. \"We talk to legislators. What they say is, ‘Nobody every tells us about libraries.’ So, being cost effective isn’t enough. You’ve got to be loud about it, too.\"

Overweight truck fines And Libraries

I post This One because I am suprised to learn overweight truck fines account for 15 percent of the Monroe County, MI Library System\'s budget. For some reason the fines fell last year to their lowest level since 1989.

Is this at all common, do other public libraries find funding from such sources?

Woman\'s Well-kept Secret is Libraries\' Million-$ Gift

No one knew that a Jerome, Idaho woman had become a millionaire until after her will was read and they discovered that she had left nearly $2 million to be spent on libraries. More

Budget Cuts Silence Audio Book Program in British Columbia

From the North Shore News:

In the past 18 years, Elizabeth Nash has listened to 4,000 audiobooks. \"I\'m a big user,\" she confides. \"My life depends on them.\"

The West Vancouver resident has only peripheral vision. \"I can\'t read a book or read my mail or write a cheque - but I listen to about six hours of tapes a day.\"

So Nash was less than impressed when the Liberals slashed the B.C. Library Services\' audiobooks program as part of their civil service cuts last week . . .

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Millions, Dilemma Left to Library

Bob Cox and Gary Price both passed along This One on a library in MA that was left $3 million from the estate of a retired letter carrier.

The will stipulated that the remaining money should go to the libraries in Hopkinton and Boston to buy books. Trouble is they are out of room.

City Council Says Library Staff are Too Well Paid, Cuts Budget

City council members in Passaic, NJ feel that the library staff are too well paid. The director has resigned, citing politics as the reason. Members of the city council want the board of trustees to follow her lead. More

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