proposed Massachusetts library cuts
According to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners:
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) held a special meeting on April 13 at which it voted to designate the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) as the administrative entity to provide regional services to libraries and residents beginning July 1, 2010. This action was necessitated by a severe reduction in funding to the regional budget line. Please see the chart below for funding details.
|Account Number||Account Name||FY2009||FY2010||FY2011 - Governor's||FY2011 - House Ways and Means|
|9101||Board of Library Commissioners||$1,042,269||$938,042||$938,042||$914,448|
|9401||State Aid to Regional Libraries||$17,166,071||$12,327,160||$8,781,475||$8,781,475|
|9402||Talking Book Library (Worcester)||$421,143||$421,143||$421,143||$421,143|
|9406||Talking Book & Machine Lending (Perkins)||$2,241,016||$2,241,016||$2,241,016||$2,241,016|
|9501||State Aid to Public Libraries||$9,989,844||$6,823,657||$6,823,657||$6,823,657|
|9506||Library Tech & Resource Sharing||$2,799,104||$1,929,238||$1,929,238||$1,929,238|
"Several Board members commented on the sense conveyed in the report that the permanent hub of the new system be located in the 128 to 495 area along the Massachusetts Turnpike. They voiced concern that MLS not move too quickly to select office locations, and to fully understand the impact of site decisions on the provision of services across the Commonwealth before making changes. The MBLC will take an active role in managing the timeline, sites for services and the means by which services are located to insure that population and geographic needs are met."