Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Articles about Local Library Funding in Florida (Besides State Aid to Libraries)

Budget cuts put libraries in a bind (Miami-Dade)
Published 4/26/2011 Miami Herald
The number of people visiting Miami-Dade libraries increased from 5.9 million people in 2006-07, when the economy was humming, to 8.3 million in 2009-10.

State cuts may trim Treasure Coast libraries' collections, hours
Published 4/19/2011
Libraries are supported by state funds and county property taxes. Martin County uses state money to buy materials, including periodicals, online databases and DVDs, said Judi Snyder, acting director.

Funding cuts for local libraries expected to stun, not kill
Published 4/14/2011
The Sarasota and Manatee public library systems are preparing to absorb a loss in state funding, which in both counties is used to purchase multiple editions of new and popular novels, children's books, reference materials and audio or web-based books and databases.

The High Cost of Cutting Costs (St. Johns County)
Published April 2011 St. Augustine News and Opinion – The Underground
The economic downturn has resulted in increased library traffic throughout Florida. The St. Johns county public library system recorded a 7.1 percent increase in membership. This membership includes students whose public education system in struggling to keep afloat.

Library Board OKs $5.9 Million In Cuts (Jacksonville)
Published 3/31/2011
The board voted 6-0 on a $25.5 million budget that includes a 30 percent cutback in library hours, a reduction of about 100 employees and spending $879,500 less on materials.

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