Saturday, August 21, 2010
Galesburg Public Library Looks at a Bare-Bones Budget
Link to August 20 Galesburg Register-Mail article, "Library eyes bare-bones budget".
Excerpt: The picture is discouraging at every turn. In 2010, $27,000 was cut from the book budget. The proposed budget cuts that line item again, from $143,400 to $135,000.
“We don’t have the money, but the other issue is we’re out of space,” Kroll said.
Library Director Pam Van Kirk said no money is spent on books without much thought.
“We’re weighing every purchase,” she said.
As technology use increases, the library is attempting to get by with aging computers.
“This past year, we had no money to buy new computers,” Kroll said, “and we won’t this year.”
No capital projects have been budgeted and the library still has the same phone system originally installed in City Hall. There have been two phone system upgrades since then at City Hall.
Kroll said, in essence, there is one phone line at the library. Of the three actual lines, one is dedicated to the fax machine, one is for Van Kirk, leaving one for the public. Most calls have to be answered in circulation, where employees are trying to wait on patrons.