More library money, books urged

Gary Price shares this news item from last Friday’s Louisville Courier-Journal:

“All 26 members of the Louisville Metro Council have signed a letter asking Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson to increase funding for the Louisville Free Public Library and urging that the greatest emphasis be placed on book purchases.

In response, Abramson told the council members Monday in a letter: “Be assured that my commitment to libraries … is unwavering. You will see that commitment” in the proposed 2004-05 metro budget that he will unveil Thursday.”

My concern is that there is too much emphasis placed on obtaining money for materials purchases. Non-librarians usually do not realize that there is a cost involved with processing new materials, and often that cost is not included in additional funds for purchasing materials. LFPL would be better served by a general budget increase with no strings attached.