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Home Rule

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/23/20 (2:12pm)

We got the notice last week that the university (library included) would shut down. Students had to move out of dorms. Instructors had to reconfigure their classes -- not just for next quarter (Spring 2020) but for finals happening that very week. For the foreseeable future, we'll be handling library questions from home using email and IM (instant message). At the moment it's all about what to do with borrowed materials and when will the library reopen.

Schools across the country (not to mention world) are experiencing the same. I have absolutely the greatest sympathy for both our students and faculty. This is something none of us will ever forget.

Institution: 

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.