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Stacks of problems: New N.O. libraries quickly in financial peril

“All is not as it seems in the New Orleans Public Library system. Five gleaming new libraries — central to the recovery of neighborhoods like Broadmoor, Lakeview and eastern New Orleans — have been a big hit since reopening in 2011 and 2012. But the libraries have been so costly to operate that the system has blown through a $12 million reserve fund in about three years, mostly to handle the expanded staffing costs. A dedicated tax millage that hasn’t increased since 1986 — and was rolled back after Hurricane Katrina — no longer raises enough money to cover the system’s personnel costs.” (via wwltv.com)

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Library cuts are forcing tough decisions on children’s books in Miami-Dade

“Third graders love reading about Lulu and her habit of adopting strays, be it a duck in a park or a cat in a bag. The fictional seven-year-old’s strong following made her latest adventure, “Lulu and the Dog by the Sea,” an easy pick for Elizabeth Pearson, head of children’s titles for the Miami-Dade library system. Then came the tough decision: Which libraries wouldn’t get the popular book?” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Mayor to Miami-Dade libraries: get more efficient to receive more money

“With Miami-Dade libraries facing a budget crisis, Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Friday called for the system to trim spending more than the 25 percent cut sustained in the last four years. “I don’t think we’re as efficient as we could be,’’ Gimenez told members of a task force he appointed to recommend changes to the library system. “If we had all the funding in the world, we’d still need to be as efficient as possible.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Guest essay: Give New York’s libraries their due

“New York state library advocates from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point are not happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 4.7 percent cut to library aid for the 2014-15 fiscal year. This proposal is particularly troublesome, highlighted by the fact that he is also proposing significant new tax cuts for wealthy New Yorkers and at the same time, boasting about New York state operating at a surplus.No explanation was provided by the governor’s office for this undeserved reduction in library aid.” (via Democrat and Chronicle)

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Arizona Librarians Warn That Libraries Would Be Hit Hard by Proposed Legislation

“Members of the state library association, county governments, and library districts around the state are warning about proposed legislation they say could gut library funding statewide. House Bill 2379, proposed by Republican Representative Justin Olson, would put a cap on the taxing capabilities of “special districts” around the state, which includes county library districts. Whereas counties have property-tax levy limits, the special districts don’t have similar caps, under state law. HB 2379 would make the special districts follow the same guidelines.” (via Phoenix New Times)

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