NYS Top librarian upset by Buffalo’s bleak situation

One From The Buffalo News New York’s top librarian said Erie County’s library crisis is the worst she has ever seen and urged local library officials to press state leaders for more help.

Concerned over library cuts and closings, Janet M. Welch, the state librarian and assistant commissioner for libraries, came to Buffalo last week to get a better sense of the problems facing the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System and offer her assistance.

“I really thought it had gotten to the point that I needed to have first-hand knowledge so I can effectively represent the Buffalo & Erie County Library back in Albany,” Welch said. “I think the entire situation is just a tremendous loss for Buffalo and Erie County at a time when library use is increasing, not just here, but everywhere.”