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Save New Jersey Libraries

Page history last edited by Eileen Palmer 11 years, 8 months ago

NJ Libraries Eliminated From State Budget

 

Gov. Christie's budget calls for a 74% decrease in funding for statewide library services. This cut includes the elimination of all statewide library programs and services. This will affect all types of libraries in New Jersey. Once state funding is eliminated, NJ will lose $4.5 million in federal funding. What does this mean to NJ residents? Once state and federal funding are lost the impact will be felt by all residents:

  • Access to electronic databases such as RefUSA and EBSCO will cease
  • Statewide interlibrary loan and delivery of library materials will cease
  • Libraries will lose 50% of state aid at a time when demand for services is increasing dramatically
  • More than half of public libraries will lose access to the Internet
  • Many libraries will lose email service
  • Many libraries will lose their websites or access to them
  • The Talking Book and Braille Center (known as the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) will close
  • Group contracts which bring down the cost of other electronic resources purchased by libraries will cease

    At the same time the state is eliminating funding for library programs. Assemblyman John DiMaio has introduced A2555 which eliminates the minimum local funding requirement for municipal public libraries.

    This assault on libraries must be stopped! 

 

Here are some resources to help library staff and trustees respond to this crisis.

 

NJLA Action Alert

 

NJLA Testimony on 2011 Budget

 

NJASL Testimony on 2011 Budget

 

I Love New Jersey Libraries website

 

One Patron's Story

 

In the Press

 

Sample Resolution Opposing State Budget Cuts

 

Sample Resolution Opposing A2555

 

Sample Bookmark Reverse the Cuts Color

 

Sample Bookmark Reverse the Cuts B&W

 

Sample Bookmark for Delivery

 

Talking Points Provided by the State Library

 

Cost of Databases Without State Funding

 

Save New Jersey Libraries Facebook Group

 

 

Maintained by the NJLA Public Policy Committee with contributions from the State Library, Newark Public Library, and the Highlands and Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperatives.

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