Thursday, October 29, 2009

Library Budget Cuts -- how will this affect you?

The Greenfield Recorder published a story this morning announcing a budget cut to the library that will reduce our hours from 47.5 to 40 each week. How will this affect your usage of the library? Below,you can see what this cut will do to library services in Greenfield.

Greenfield Public Library

Budget cuts Fall 2009

The Greenfield Public Library has already lost 3 staff members, and 3.5 open hours this year.

We are now facing:

· losing 4 more staff people, bringing us to a staff cut of 35% in less than a year

· closing 2 evenings and 1.5 hours on Saturdays

· reducing our magazine holdings by ½

· greatly reducing reference services and online databases subscriptions

· severely reducing or eliminating children and adult programming

· increasing wait time for holds to 2+ weeks

· longer lines at check out and more noise

· not being able to repair or replace any equipment or materials

· 2 more potential rounds of budget cuts; services now being reduced could be eliminated entirely

· the possibility of losing Interlibrary Loan next year if monies taken now are not replaced in next year’s budget.

The Greenfield Public Library is a service organization; when we lose staff, we cannot provide services.


At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Libraries can be an engine for economic recovery. They link people to jobs, skills, and resources they need to launch businesses. We need to find ways to get more money into the budget so the town of Greenfield has funds to sustain important services like the library. And we need to find ways for those who have benefited the most from life in America to give back to their neighbors. Until there is a progressive income tax, the wealthiest among us should strongly consider making substantial donations to the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. - Glenn Johnson


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