RALLY FOR LIBRARIES!!! on November 4th at the State House - 11am
Please join library colleagues and supporters for MLA’s rally for libraries! “Don’t Close the Books on Libraries” will take place on Wednesday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m. on the steps of the State House in the “well area”. Massachusetts Center for the Book’s annual MA Book Awards will be held inside the State House from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., so plan to attend this exciting event following our rally so that we can celebrate and support Massachusetts libraries and authors!
We will have 250 signs printed with our slogan, and so need a minimum of 250 people to carry them. We need every MA public library to send at least one staff member, trustee or friend, so that a big message can be sent regarding the devastating impact of funding cuts to the Commonwealth’s libraries. Now more than ever we must let our legislators know that cuts to libraries will negatively impact the many citizens who rely on their libraries for Internet and technology resources, books and research materials, and for help in finding jobs.
Your participation is vitally important to the future of MA libraries!
Krista McLeod & Jackie Rafferty, Co-Chairs
MLA Legislative Committee
Don’t Close the Books on Libraries!
• The Board of Library Commissioners’ budget cap for FY2011 is a 16% reduction in total funding from this year (FY2010). This comes at a time when people are relying on library resources more than ever in order to mitigate the negative effects of a depressed economy.
• MA library use, rising steadily for over a decade, has skyrocketed with the worsening economic recession. Many citizens rely on libraries for access to technology, especially now when so many people have lost jobs and cannot pay for computer and Internet resources.
• Unemployed citizens rely on library resources for help in obtaining employment.
• Resource sharing of the collections of MA libraries is at an all time high. Library patrons have virtually unlimited access to the Commonwealth’s library resources. Through efficient management of the statewide library delivery system, our regional library systems ensure that patrons are able to receive millions of library materials, borrowed from libraries across the Commonwealth, in a timely manner.
• Our regional library systems provide access to high quality academic databases that promote the literacy and scholarship essential to students and an informed citizenry.
• The vast majority of MA libraries belong to networks that facilitate resource sharing and manage the libraries’ online catalogs. Telecommunications funding support is currently insufficient to maintain adequate bandwidth levels due to the record amounts of MA citizens using the Commonwealth’s online library catalogs.
• Increased network costs not funded at the state level will be passed along to member libraries at a time when they can least afford any increases. Member libraries do not have the budget resources to cope with rising annual membership assessments due to cuts in their budgets at the local level.
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