Tag Archives: library budgets

Money for Library Construction-Act Now!

If you serve an area of 20,000 or less, read on. I don’t usually jump on funding opportunities, but I really want libraries to get their share of the recovery money, and just recently the USDA has targeted libraries, specifically, for … Continue reading

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Holds Ratios

I’ve been lurking on a listserv that’s been discussing holds ratios.  Books still have an inordinate preference.  While I understand that DVDs and other media may have shorter checkouts, if we’ve learned one thing in the last year, it’s that we need … Continue reading

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Government Funding and Your Library

At that advocacy training I discussed in my last post, we also covered local government spending. The speaker pointed out that when voters show up at local government meetings or contact their legislators, it really does influence elected officials.  They’d … Continue reading

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Four Branches Closing in Aurora

We had some very disappointing news locally from this week’s election.  Aurora, the city where BCR is located, lost its bid to create a general improvement district which would have given the library dedicated funding.  As their budget will be … Continue reading

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Public Libraries Advisory Group – 4th Meeting

We heard about some really interesting programs at our recent meeting of BCR’s Public Libraries Advisory Group.  Sweetwater (WY) County Library System is holding their 2nd annual Zombie Walk and Prom (?! what a combination).  Sioux City (IA) Public Library … Continue reading

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Free Library of Philadelphia to Remain Open

I just couldn’t believe that there was actually the possibility that the library would close on October 2.  How could this possibly happen in these desperate times?  Well, hurray, it won’t!  I just saw that legislation was passed which will allow … Continue reading

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Another Threat to Library Funding

So many libraries and librarians are so very frugal.  They are careful to stay within their budgets, not ask for too much, supplement operating expenses with grants, donations and volunteers and keep salaries low.  When times are bad they accept … Continue reading

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Advocacy Article

There have been so many articles supporting libraries lately, but this one from Kenneth C. Davis (of the Don’t Know Much About _____ books) really does a wonderful job of making our case. Thanks to Linda Tillson for posting this … Continue reading

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COUNTER and SUSHI for Usage Statistics

Trying to get usage statistics has long been the bane of electronic resources collection development librarians.  Some databases are so costly that you want to make sure they are really being used and serving the needs of patrons.  And these … Continue reading

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