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Our Starving Libraries

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/25/10 (4:38pm)

Opening paragraph:

Can We Afford Libraries?

Topic: 

Either Libraries or Schools in Illinois, But Not Both

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/16/10 (11:56am)

This doesn't sound encouraging:

But as Illinois' budget problems worsen, lawmakers will have to decide which programs are essential and must be funded and which are not as critical, said state Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican. It could come down to funding schools or libraries, he said - not both. [Lissau, Russell. "State funding shortage may doom library systems", Daily Herald, 2/14/2010]

Location: 

SaveIllinoisLibraries.com

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 10/21/09 (4:18pm)
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You know it's bad news when the FAQs start with:

"The budget for the state of Illinois is in a shambles."

I came upon it fresh from an article on Library Journal with the ominous title:

LJ's 2009 Placements & Salaries Survey Shows Tough Library Job Market

Anyway, back to the Illinois site. The FAQ continues:

Location: 

NY Times: Traffic Up at Your Local Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/14/09 (12:30pm)

It seems like only yesterday when libraries were reflecting on how they could survive in the face of stiff competition from bookstores and the like. What a difference an economic downturn makes (NY Times):

People are flocking to libraries after forsaking Barnes & Noble or ditching their HBO service and subscriptions to Netflix, library officials said, because libraries’ books, DVDs and CDs have a significant advantage: They are free.