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Queens Library could face closures under suggested city budget cuts

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed deep cuts to city libraries in his 2014 budget that some worry could close Queens Library facilities, force layoffs and slash the number of hours facilities would be open a week. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the Council’s Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, blasted the proposed cuts. “Our libraries cannot sustain cuts of these proposed levels at a time when they are experiencing some of the highest number of visitors in history and providing much-needed resources to the public,” he said.” (via TimesLedger)

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Albor Ruiz: New York City’s public libraries need their patrons to stand up against mayoral budget cuts

“New York writer and journalist Pete Hamill once said, “For those without money, the road to that treasure house of the imagination begins at the public library.” Blocking that road would be nothing short of tragic, but Mayor Bloomberg, who does not belong to the category of “those without money,” doesn’t seem to care.” (via NY Daily News)

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Budget Cuts Hobble Library of Congress

“The Sea Creatures, who recently sent their recording “Naked in the Rain” to the Library of Congress, probably did not ponder the impact of sequestration on their music’s journey from dream to copyright. Just as military contractors, air traffic controllers and federal workers are coping with the grim results of a partisan impasse over the federal deficit, the Library of Congress, whose services range from copyrighting written works — whether famous novels or poems scribbled on napkins — to the collection, preservation and digitalization of millions of books, photographs, maps and other materials, faces deep cuts that threaten its historic mission.” (via NYTimes.com)

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With shift toward digital, GPO producing more content at 2008 costs

“A shift in focus from traditional printing to digital content management has produced a leaner Government Printing Office, with a growing number of digital products and delivery systems, according to the agency’s annual report for fiscal 2012. Overall overhead costs for 2012 were at 2008 levels and the GPO appropriation request for fiscal 2013 was held to 2012 levels, at $126.2 million. Employee-buyouts last year reduced staff by 11 percent to the “leanest staffing level in more than a century,” with a savings of $24 million. At the same time, the amount of information being made available is growing, with more than 800,000 files available online through the Federal Digital System (FDsys) and 150 government titles available through major electronic book distributors.” (via GCN)

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Saving Schools and Libraries by Giving Up the Land They Sit On

“The Brooklyn Heights library is neither the oldest nor the most dilapidated branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system. But the 52-year-old limestone building is nonetheless ripe for demolition. It sits on land that developers crave, in a fashionable neighborhood where housing is in high demand. And so the library system, desperate for money to pay for $230 million in long-deferred repairs for its 60 branches, has embraced a novel financing model that is increasingly being used around New York City as a way to pay for government services.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Official says Massachusetts libraries seeing little in new state support

“While libraries in Massachusetts are grappling with different demands from users and new technologies such as electronic books, state funding for the libraries is at the same level it was in 1994, Board of Library Commissioners Director Robert Maier told lawmakers Thursday. “The funding is way down,” Maier told the House and Senate Ways and Means committees gathered who held a budget hearing in the library of Everett High School.”

via Holbrook Sun

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Fairfax County Libraries Prepared for Cuts if Necessary

“Fairfax County Public Libraries are ready to reduce some book availability at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, along with other branches, if cuts in the county’s proposed FY 2014 budget are approved in April, officials say. In his advertised $7 billion budget package presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, County Executive Ed Long proposed removing $374,000 from the library’s collections budget, which it uses to buy books and stock the shelves”

via Tysons Corner, VA Patch

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Wake County libraries hope to turn the page on recession

“Since 2009, the Wake County Public Library system has put the construction of new facilities on hold, trimmed operating hours and slashed its book-buying budget. While the county was able to avoid closing any of its 20 branches during the economic downturn, three years of austerity have taken a toll: the number of books in the libraries’ collection is down more than a quarter of a million volumes from 2009.”

via News Observer

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LA Law Library To Introduce Self-Service Research Model at County Courthouses

“In support of the pending reorganization and realignment of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, LA Law Library will be shifting its focus at some branch locations from a brick and mortar presence to one based on self-service, and expanding hours at other existing locations.  As a result of the reorganization of the courts, the spaces currently occupied by the Norwalk, Pomona and Santa Monica branches of the LA Law Library are needed to fulfill other functions.”

via Press Release

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San Jose to open first of four new libraries mothballed by budget cuts

“In recent years, four newly built but mothballed branch libraries stood as stark evidence of San Jose’s budget mess, built with bond proceeds voters approved more than a decade ago by a city that could no longer afford to staff them. On Saturday, the first of those four new branch libraries, Seven Trees, is set to finally celebrate its grand opening.

“People have been waiting a long time for it to open,” said Anne Cain, San Jose’s interim library director. “It will make a huge difference in this community.” The city’s original Seven Trees library opened in 1967. It was closed in 2008 and demolished to make way for the new version, which occupies the upper floor of a new Seven Trees Community Center that opened in September 2011.”

via Contra Costa Times

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