For Immediate Release
January 14, 2010
New survey shows U.S. public libraries in financial jeopardy
Cuts reduce hours, staffing at thousands of libraries as patron demand escalates
publication on the organizational methods used to fund
O.C.G.A. § 36-83-4 (Copy w/ Cite)
O.C.G.A. § 36-83-4
*** Current through the 2008 Regular Session ***
TITLE 36. LOCAL GOVERNMENT
O.C.G.A. § 36-83-4 (2008)
§ 36-83-4. Authorized investments; delegation of investment authority to financial officer; objective of investment
See attached letter from Bryan Downs, of Wilson, Morton & Downs LLC. This documents his legal opinion that it is entirely permissible under Georgia law for school districts to provide annual funding to their local public library systems. He also provides suggested "Best Practices" for public libraries to consider in this matter.
Local Funding by County per capita
A survey of public library funding practices in the United States. Prepared for the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries.
Attached is a copy of "A Small but Powerful GUIDE to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library." This reflects the responses to stated advocacy needs of small rural librarians, with clearly stated strategies, for self-advocacy and resources with ALA and elsewhere.
It is the result of support from ALA members, members of the Association for Rural and Small Librarians (ARSL) and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and others who responded to 1) a 2003 survey of advocacy needs and strategies, and 2) a solicitation for success stories from these same librarians.
Attached is the PDF version of this new report. In addition to the full, published report, this PDF includes the state data tables.
More than 4,000 libraries responded to the 2006 survey, 43 state libraries responded to the qualitative questionnaire about bandwidth and vulnerable libraries, and library staff in four states hosted focus groups and site visits. The result is:
"Libraries Connect Communities"
Published by the American Library Association, Office for Research and Statistics and the Information Institute, College of Information, Florida State University.
Attached is a December 2005 memo on Board of Education funding for Georgia Public Libraries.
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