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Library Funding

Why We Absolutely Need To Care More About Libraries

Kevin O'Kelly | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Kevin O'Kelly

The bottom line is libraries and the institutions associated with them are predictable and convenient targets for anyone taking an axe to a government budget. While the services they provide are vital, they're relatively invisible to the powerful.

Read and Comprehend (Nearly) Everything

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

The true intellectual is a glutton for reading material. Magazines and scholarly journals, biographies and other nonfiction, novels and short stories, poetry and street posters: all beg for attention and study.

What You Can Do To Support School Libraries In Crisis

Carl Harvey II | Posted 09.14.2012 | Books
Carl Harvey II

As the leader of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and an educator, I am struck by the lack of support for school libraries from federal and local governments. Do decision makers fully realize how their lack of support will hinder the education of America's next generation?

Time To End Silence In Public Libraries?

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Books

As public libraries continue their quest to stay relevant in the wake of cuts to their funding and decreased popularity, some are greatly altering the...

Looking For A Job? Librarians Can Help You Find The Perfect Fit

Roberta Stevens | Posted 08.28.2011 | Books
Roberta Stevens

Five years ago, the American Library Association (ALA) conference was the first major convention to return to a post-Katrina New Orleans.

Bay Area Residents Donate Books To Charities But Not Libraries

San Jose Mercury News | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

A big, blue "Books for Charity" bin in the corner of a Safeway parking lot on El Camino Real in Menlo Park overflowed with donations Monday, prompting...

Library Layoffs And Cuts Proposed In New York City

GalleyCat | Jason Boog on May 10, 2011 12:54 PM | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books

Earlier this month, mayor Michael R. Bloomberg‘s Office of Management and Budget released a “Agency Gap Closing Programs” (PDF link) proposal th...

Increase Library Funding, Up Student Scores?

upi.com | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books

U.S. researchers say a study of 22 U.S. states and a Canadian province shows when funding support for school libraries rises, reading and testing scor...

Los Angeles Public Library Wins Secured Funding

libraryjournal.com | Michael Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The voters in Los Angeles overwhelmingly approved Tuesday a charter amendment that will secure Los Angeles Public Library's funding for years to come....

LAPD Vs. Libraries: Cops Oppose Library Funding Measure, Fearing Cuts to Police Budget

The Informer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The union that represents LAPD officers came out strongly today against Measure L, an item on the March 8 ballot that would set aside funding for the ...

Library Stripped Completely Bare By Residents

newyorker.com | Rachel Hurn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week, the Stony Stratford library, in the district of Milton Keynes, England, experienced a run. As in "a run on the library," in which more than...

Library Computers Used By A Third Of Americans

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SEATTLE — A third of Americans 14 and older – about 77 million people – use public library computers to look for jobs, connect with ...

Boston Public Library May Cut 10 Branches

The Boston Globe | Andrew Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Boston Public Library is considering closing up to 10 of its neighborhood branches and laying off one-quarter of its staff, cuts that would irrevo...

Libraries Get More Use But Less Funding

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Bob Hoover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Preliminary figures from a new American Library Association survey of how libraries fared in 2009 show that nearly 75 percent of them were handed sign...