Tuesday, January 19, 2010

State Budget Blues: Washington State Library May Need to Cut 1/3 of Staff

Link to January 19 The Olympian article, "State Library faces cuts". (via Resource Shelf)

Excerpt: State librarian Jan Walsh said that some cuts must begin taking effect in February to meet the demands of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s supplemental budget plan. Gregoire proposed to cut $2 million over the two-year cycle ending June 2011, reducing library funding to about $11.5 million, state budget writers say.

It means that by the end of June, 31 people or 25.7 full-time equivalent jobs will be cut, Walsh said in an interview Monday at the Office of the Secretary of State, which oversees her Tumwater-based library operation.

“It’s over a third of our staff, if the governor’s budget goes through, which is what makes this so devastating,’’ Walsh said.

Likely cuts include:

• Four public services staffers, including reference desk employees.

• Five technical services staffers, including those who acquire and catalogue materials.

• Five and a half from prison and mental hospital libraries.

• Seven of the 9.5 positions in preservation, which means little or no work to microfilm rare papers and old newspapers that are turned over to the state for its Northwest collections.

• 3.7 positions or half the staff for the Talking Book and Braille Library in Seattle, including the lone children’s librarian.

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