Saturday, January 15, 2011

Patrons Clear the Shelves at UK's Stony Stratford Library b/w Wisconsin Shared Revenue

Link to January 14 boingboing post, "Threatened library gets its patrons to clear the shelves".

Excerpt: The library in Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes, England, urged its patrons to check out every book on the shelves as a way of proving to the local council that its collection and facilities provide a vital service to the community. Stony Stratford is one of many towns across the UK that are facing severe library closures as the Tory-LibDem coalition government recklessly slashes its transfer payments to local governments (while breaking their promise to rein in enormous bonuses at the banks, even the ones that are owned by the taxpayer).  [Emphasis added.]

Wisconsin has its own program of transfer payments to local governments.

Link to Shared Revenue & Related State Aid reports, 2004-2010.

Sample page.  (Dane County)

Shared revenues:  the 5th costliest GPR program.

1 comment:

Gerard said...

I just heard about the Stratford story while listening to BBC's 6 Music. The BBC website has a photo of the cleared out shelves.