Money Issues

Rating the E-rate

Education Week has a nice Story on how the E-rate is working for us folks in the US. The say the program earns praise for overall effort, but lower marks for implementation.

\"The main theme I hear from educators and librarians is that this program has made possible the use of technology that otherwise would have been years away in classrooms,\" says Kate L. Moore, the president of the Schools and Libraries Division of the Washington-based Universal Service Administrative Co., or USAC, the nonprofit agency that manages the program for the Federal Communications Commission. \"It is allowing these organizations to leapfrog into the realm of advanced technology and learning.\" -- Read More

More trouble with Journal Costs

The Desert News has a short Story that sheds some light on the big problem many libraries are having with huge increases in journal prices.

\"John Elsweiler, interim director of libraries, announced the decision to discontinue some periodicals.
Inflation and a decrease in legislative funding have resulted in a budgeting crisis, said Elsweiler.
\"Imagine that you have to cope with an inflation rate that\'s nearly 50 percent over three years,\" said Elsweiler.\" -- Read More

Used books sales

Someone writes \"cnn.com has a \"Story about Used books sales, and how much libraries can make on them\"

From New England to the West Coast, large-scale sales of donated second-hand books -- ranging from 40,000 to a half-million volumes per sale -- are bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

\"They\'re profitable, and in many places, they\'ve become very popular community events,\" said Christine Bragale, spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries. \"

Special Librarians\' Salaries

R. Lee Hadden writes \"bizjournals.com
In its 1999 salary survey, the 14,000-member
Special Libraries Association found that
member salaries had grown 5.1 percent in the
previous year, as compared to a 3.3 percent
increase for other white-collar workers in
roughly the same period. The average full-time
information professional was earning $52,826 a
year as of last spring.

\"

Social Class and Libraries

Social exclusion and poverty - what do they have to do with libraries? Well, two thirds of library patrons are middle class, while that group only represents one third of the population; the remaining two thirds are working class. The poor and socially excluded, as members of the working class, are not being served by libraries as they might be.


\"Public libraries, social exclusion and social class\", and article in Information for Social Change by John Pateman, explores the issue in depth, going into detail about the concept of social class and research that has been done in Britain on library use. Here is an excerpt: -- Read More

E-Rate a Success

It looks like filling out all of those E-rate forms has paid off. Computer User has this article on a report by the Education and Library Networks Coalition.\"The report released today by EDLINC is another confirmation that the E-rate program is a very powerful tool in leveling the playing field for everyone in our country, regardless of economic or geographic background,\" FCC Chairman William Kennard said in a statement released today.\" -- Read More

Librarians can make money too!!

Forbes has this article on what a few librarians have done to make more money. \"The whole New Economy is based on information, but information without access to it is no good,\" says Lynn Boyden, who recently quit as an administrator at the Information Studies Department at UCLA for a job at e-consultancy Arc. \"What they teach you in library school is that you have to process raw data to get information, information to get knowledge, and knowledge to get wisdom.\" -- Read More

R.I.P. for a bookstore

Here is an Article on how the little book stores are just not surviving in today\'s economy.

\"BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (CNNfn) - For bookseller Dan Di Domenico it isn\'t a \"new economy.\" It\'s no economy.

\"I\'ve been losing $1,000 a month for the last 10 months ... I\'ve let my inventory run low to pay bills. You just can\'t go on that way, you know?\" He plans to close his Bloomfield, N.J., bookshop, \"Daniel\'s Den,\" next month, ending a 23-year run.

It\'s not an unfamiliar situation for a small business. In 1998, the most recent year for available statistics, roughly 870,000 businesses ended operations, according to the Small Business Administration.\"  -- Read More

kinder, gentler collection firm

Mcall.com,in PA, is running a Story on a local library that has hired an Indiana collection agency (Unique Management Services ) that specializes in library work.

\"\"We\'re hoping to get back more of the money that\'s out there and the material that is owed to us,\'\' library Administrator Mary Kupferschmid said.\"

Are there other library collection agencies? They say this one is run by an ex-librarian! -- Read More

Put up or pull out, library tells users

ML Live has a Story on a little fight brewing in Michigan. Residents in one School District pay $1.6 Million a year for library services; their neighbors pay nothing. So managers are demanding all residents pay their fair share or possibly lose access to the library.

\"What we have said to them is, \'Look, we don\'t think this is fair. We would like you to join (our) district library.\' If they decide not to do that, we will terminate our contract.\"Sherry Hupp, Cromaine library director, said of the northern district residents. -- Read More

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