July 29, 2010
Libraries spared the big ax
Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 5:59 AM
Letters to the Editor/The Star-Ledger
Pleas were heard
Gov. Chris Christie and our state legislators deserve thanks for recognizing the value of libraries and for restoring approximately $7.9 million dollars in the state library budget. Although this is a 43 percent reduction in funding from last year’s budget, services such as statewide databases, inter-library loan and delivery and the Library for the Blind and Handicapped will be preserved.
This was due to the tremendous grassroots advocacy efforts of the library community. The citizens do care about library services. Christie and the legislators received more than 78,000 e-mails, as well as phone calls and letters and 80,000 postcards regarding restoration of library funding, more than for any other budget issue.
Furthermore, the state library and the library staff should be commended for their proactive approach to finding new ways to serve the community and for their flexibility in adapting to meet the challenges of the economic times.
Tough decisions were made by state librarian Norma Blake and her staff, including the consolidation of the regional library cooperatives into one statewide physical facility, but yet still preserving the regional framework whereby librarians will work to serve the needs of people in all geographic areas of the state.
Libraries are once again proving that they are the heart of the community.
Mary Moyer, past president, New Jersey Association of School Librarians
Posted by tumulty at July 29, 2010 3:47 PM
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