Money Issues

FL County Considers Charging Impact Fees to Fund Public Libraries

New home buyers in one Florida county may be paying an \"impact\" fee to fund public libraries. According to the article, \"Local governments charge impact fees to offset some costs of growth. They\'re usually calculated by consultants based on how many road miles, fire engines and police calls are demanded, on average, by the people in each new house. If the cost of providing services exceeds the taxes paid by the homeowners within a few years, government tries to make up the difference with a fee... To guarantee the same number of books and space per person, each new resident would have to pay about $91. Multiplied by the average number of people in a single family home, that comes to about $224.\" One wonders how widely accepted such a move would be by local homeowners. more... from Florida Today.

Tesco in Line to Sponsor British Library

British supermarket giant Tesco is among the corporations
lining up to endow curatorships and (possibly) profit from
the privatization of services at the British Library:

The British Library is planning a huge injection of private money that could see curators being sponsored by Tesco and services run for profit by big business. The Independent on Sunday can reveal that barely four years after its £520m London home was finally completed, the library is to undergo a radical commercial makeover to attract more funds.

Sponsorship ideas being floated by library directors include creating posts that might include a \"Tesco curator for cookery\" or an anthropology librarian funded by Endemol, producers of reality TV show Big Brother. . . Private bidders may also be asked to pay the salaries of new specialists in other \"fashionable areas\" such as gardening, sport and DIY. The libraryis also considering plans to invite private investors to build and run new facilities. . .

More from The Independent.

BL Considers Corporate Sponsorship of Library Posts

The Independent has this story on possible new funding sources for the British Library. Possibilities include corporate sponsorship of individual posts, like a university endowed chair. Other ideas include postcards, a \"Railtrack wing\", and inviting, \"private investors to build and run new facilities.\"

Librarians Quest for Benefits Yields Unkind Words

It\'s sad to think, in this day and age, that there are many professionals out there who not only go to work every day for a salary that is just about the same as the poverty level, but many also have no benefits. Some librarians at the Clermont County Library (FL) have decided to try to change that. Recently they set out to gather signatures on a petition. Although they gained quite a few, some folks were less than receptive to the cause. more... from The Orlando Sentinel.

Library Boss Stays - Library Commission Chair Thrown Out

Nothing gets people\'s suspicion up any more than monetary discrepencies and misappropriation of funds. Nothing gets people on the defense more than trying to justify them. [more...] from Macomb Daily.

Paying Double for Library Service

For years, residents of Joliet, IL have been paying double library taxes because of some geographical issues. Now, in proper American fashion, a lawsuit is filed. According to The Chicago Tribune, \"Because both libraries belong to the Heritage Trail Library System, users of either library have full borrowing privileges at the other. By double-taxing residents for the same service, the lawsuit alleges, both the City of Joliet and the Plainfield Public Library District are violating the Illinois Local Library Act.\" [more...]

Phone Subscribers Keep Schools, Libraries Wired

From Maine Today, Dan McGillvray writes...

\"New telephone subscriber surcharges that took effect July 1 will supply the necessary funds to keep Maine\'s libraries and schools connected to the Internet. For the past six years, those Internet Service Provider fees and associated local and toll telephone charges have been paid through a fund established by NYNEX after state regulators determined the utility\'s profits were too high in the mid-1990s.\" [more...]

Citizens Force Town Council to Reject Library Funding by 11-3 Vote

Remember the people complaining about the proposed new Freeport, IL Public Library as reported earlier at LISNews Here -- And Here? The new library which would house a meeting room and a coffee shop? Well, the people obviously got through to the city\'s legislators. Funding for the new library was rejected in an 11-3 vote. According to the article, \"council members were swayed by phone calls, contacts opposed to funding.\" People want them to \"build it cheaper.\" Don\'t forget to read the comments by citizens at the bottom of the article. Read More Here. from The Journal Standard.
earlier stories: Everyone Can Contribute to Building a Library -- Library Criticized for Building Plans

Free Online Scholarship Newsletter

Peter
Suber
writes \"LISNews readers might be
interested in the Free Online Scholarship (FOS)
Newsletter. It is devoted to the migration of print
scholarship to the internet, in all the fields of the
sciences and humanities, and to efforts to make it
available free of charge. Subscriptions, of course, are
free.


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Library Funding Effort Rejected: EP Will Likely Close Branches

Jamie Stiehm writes
\"A last-minute budget amendment aimed at keeping all 26 city library branches open for another year crumbled this week when Enoch Pratt Free Library\'s director, Carla D. Hayden, rebuffed a City Council member\'s offer to find $1.1 million for that purpose, 5th District Councilwoman Helen L. Holton said.\" [more...] from The Baltimore Sun.

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