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A Day in the Life of a Library, Day 4

July 31, 2009

Yesterday was a pretty busy day and my laptop was busy, so I’m writing a short post about it now.

In the early morning our director, Jeff Krull, held a short informative session about state property tax reform and what effect this has had on our library’s budget.  As I understood it, the state had been subsidizing property taxes for years and years, and then a couple of years ago, the state decided to balance its tax collection.  The state then capped property taxes and raised the sales tax.  However, income tax has not been raised.  This is the responsiblity of each county.

In 2010, we will face a budget reduction of about $1.3 million.  This is 3-4% of our total budget.

There are still no plans to reduce staff through layoffs, but to be able to stay within the smaller budget, we might have to do some of the following:

  • reduce health insurance benefits to staff
  • reduce the materials budget
  • reduce maintenance costs
  • reduce staff

Of course none of these options is preferable.  We’ll just have to see what happens.

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I spent the rest of my day attending the first Handheld Librarian Online Conference.  I was thrilled to be able to attend this.  I would like to attend more conferences remotely–what a cost savings to the library.

Sessions I attended:

Current Mobile Trends in Librariesby Gerry McKiernan of Iowa State University Library

Texting Your Library: Designing a Mobile-Friendly Service Platform led by Toby Greenwalt of Skokie Public Library

Launching a Text a Librarian Service: Cornell’s Preliminary Experiences led by Virginia Cole of Cornell University.  Co-presented with Baseema Banoo Krkoska and Gabriel Macias

Public Library Panel with Sian Brannon, Technical Services Manager, Denton Public Library

Sending out an SMS led by Joe Murphy, Coordinator of Instruction & Technology at the Yale University Science Libraries

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