Friday, November 14, 2008

NY Public Library Budget Cuts

The people in charge of the budget for the state of New York have recommended to the governor a $20 million cut in library funding. The recommendation is part of a statewide effort to reduce expenses. The recommended cut represents about 20 percent of the currently allocated library budget. In a press release, the New York Library Association (NYLA) says the proposal "would bring library aid down to a level not seen since 1993." According to the NYLA Executive Director, " There seems to be no recognition by state budget makers that library usage has skyrocketed over the last year as more people turn to libraries for finding jobs, improving their literacy skills and for free reading materials and programs for their families."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, this seems to be happening everywhere. :(