Money Issues

3M Donates $15,000 in Awards to U.S. Libraries

Received this press release via e-mail from Fred Lambert...
\"American University Library will receive $5,000 for its winning entry in the fifth-annual Check-It-Out-Yourself Day. It is one of eight U.S. libraries that has been selected to receive a total of $15,000 from 3M Library Systems.\" Check It Out Yourself Here.

State Senate Passes Bill to Return Library Funds

David Beck writes...
\"Local library professionals are rejoicing at the unanimous passage this week by the California Senate of a bill to restore property tax money their agencies lost during the budget crunches of the early 1990s.\" [more...] from The Mercury News.

Library Turns to Patrons for Subscriptions

It\'s a familiar story across the board. Libraries are forced to downsize their collections, due to budgetary cuts. With the looming prospect of having to cancel more than half of his library\'s periodicals subscriptions, one library director is calling upon patrons for help. [more...] from The L.A. Times.

Government Red Tape Chokes Distribution of E-Rate Funding

The General Accounting Office, the research arm of Congress, issued two reports last month concluding that overly complex rules are hindering the goal of the law to provide lower access costs to schools and libraries. In fact, even though the program is in its fourth year, hundreds of millions of dollars allocated for the first year of the program have gone unspent. Maybe they should let the citizens vote on whether to keep e-rate. Seems like more trouble than it\'s worth. [more...] from The Bangor Daily News.

Raising Money For Libraries

Lee Hadden writes: \"Well, I guess I didn\'t know the proper way to go about rasing money
for my library. The article in today\'s (May 16, 2001) Washington Times by
Kevin Chafee, \"Male guests stand out at Athens library benefit\" shows how
to use diplomats to raise 30K for the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece.


\"There was a direct link between costume and cause, of course, which
Mrs. Nitze was sure to explain before guests took their seats in the
drawing room for a pre-dinner concert of Greek Sephardic music played by
Hesperus on traditional instruments. The library, which houses books,
archives and art documenting the post-antiquity Hellenic world, also
includes many treasures from the eastern Mediterranean, including Turkey.\"
\"About $30,000 was raised at the dinner (mostly from \"Americans who
love Greece,\" library president Catherine Vanderpool reported).\"

Two Ohio Legislators Oppose Statewide Library Freeze

This one comes via ALA Online...
From the smallest rural public library to the academic library at the Ohio State University, libraries across the state of Ohio are scrambling to cut programs and services

FCC Considers Action to Stop E-Rate Fleecing of Consumers by Phone Companies

From The New York Times...
Under the E-Rate plan, the FCC currently requires telephone companies to contribute 6.9 percent of their interstate and international toll revenue to schools and libraries for Internet service and other technology expenses. Phone companies are allowed by law to recover a portion of these funds via what\'s called a Universal Service Fee. In light of certain telecompanies charging consumers several times the amount the carrier actually pays, the FCC is considering placing a cap on the amount telephone companies can charge consumers for the Universal Service Fee. [more...] from The New York Times.
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Lilbrary Funding Updates

The Daily Star has some Good News from Senator Charles Schumer.
\"America\'s neglected libraries are crumbling,\" Schumer said. \"In a modern world where education is the key to success, our libraries are out of date and out of place.\"


The bad news, passed along by Alison Hendon, is on RIF, she says:
\"We got an email message today at our library telling us that RIF funding was
not included in the federal budget. RIF (as you doubtless know) stands for
Reading Is Fundamental and is a program that gives away books to children as
a reward for reading. It is usually run through schools and libraries.
This is from Here -- Read More

Budget Would Eliminate National Commission on Libraries and Information Science

When he was a congressman in 1970, George Bush voted to create the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Now, his son wants to eliminate it. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch.

ALA Freaks Out Over Budget

Here\'s a Story someone passed along on the ALA reaction to the latest US budget.

They say President Bush proposed cutting federal spending on libraries by $39 million.

There\'s a rather odd quote in this story:

\"Mrs. Bush understands very well how libraries are serving this nation\'s communities,\" says Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the Washington office of the American Library Association. \"Certainly, the budget doesn\'t reflect that.\"

Did I miss something here? Is Laura now making budget recommendations?

Anywhooo... They say the funding cut could underwrite the cost of 867 librarians at an average salary of $46,000. Or it could buy nearly 1.1 million hardcover books or 161,463 magazine subscriptions.

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