Sunday, April 25, 2010

Indianapolis Star Editorial Board Keeps Library Funding Issue Front and Center

Link to April 25 Indianpolis Star editorial, "Political plot thickens in library budget saga".

Excerpt:  Set aside the technicalities and legalities and imagine the scenario facing Mayor Greg Ballard:

Within a few weeks, his administration and the Capital Improvement Board will perform a multimillion-dollar rescue for the Indiana Pacers while six public library branches get the death penalty.

The former is highly probable. The latter, therefore, has to be avoidable. Or so it would seem.

Politics, as well as the public good, demands that some outside help come to the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system as it copes with plummeting property tax revenues. Library officials say they've been cutting expenses and foraging for new funding sources for several years, but cannot close the looming gap without across-the-board layoffs, reduced hours and closings of heavily used and cherished branches

Related articles:
Efficiency experts look for ways to keep branch libraries open.  (4/23/2010)
More than 1400 sign petition to keep Glendale branch open.  (4/20/2010)
Editorial:  Find resources for library.  (4/19/2010)
What's in store for Indianapolis-area libraries?  (4/17/2010)
Indiana Pacers bailout talks continue.  (4/16/2010)
Postscript.  (4/15/2010)
Look what's at the top of Indianapolis's to-do list.  (4/14/2010)
A Challenge to Indianapolis-Marion County:  Stand Up for Libraries.  (4/13/2010)
Library rally caps?  Get real, sez IndyStar editorial.  (4/12/2010)
Will Indianapolis rally for its libraries?  (4/12/2010)
Library considers branch closings.  (4/9/2010)

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