Monday, December 27, 2010

Kentucky Archives Adjusts to a 23% Budget Cut

Link to December 26 Louisville Courier-Journal article, "Kentucky archives protects state records despite cutbacks".

Excerpt: As Kentucky's state archivist, Teague oversees 310,000 cubic feet of records stored in the Public Records Division of the State Department of Libraries and Archives — documenting the official history of Kentucky.

Also under her care are about 220,000 rolls of microfilm and more data stored electronically than — were it on paper — could fit into an average Kentucky county library.

“We have one of the largest physical holdings of any state archives in the country,” Teague said. “We care for records. That's 100 percent of our job — caring for records and being able to retrieve any one of them when it is needed.”

And like other agencies, the department has felt the impact of the tight state budget.

Declining revenues have forced a cut in its state appropriation to $11.3 million next year from the $14.7 million originally appropriated for 2008 — down 23 percent during that period.

Hours that the public can visit the archives' research room on weekdays have been reduced to 10 a.m.-4 p.m., from 8 a.m.-4 p.m

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