Thursday, August 13, 2009

Illnois Multi-Type Regional Library Systems Hit with Cut in Funding

Link to August 13 message from North Suburban Library System Director Sarah Long.

In a conference call this morning initiated by the Illinois State Library (ISL) with the nine multi-type regional Library Systems, we were notified that Library Systems will be receiving a 16% reduction in funding through the Area & Per Capita grant. For NSLS this means a reduction of $406,192 from our state grant of $2.4 million. Similarly public library per capita grants will also be reduced by 16%. School library per capita grants will be reduced by 3%. The FY2010 federal LSTA grant program will be suspended for the year, since those monies are being redirected into the public library per capita grants. Free First Search database access for all residents of Illinois will continue.

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