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on March 24, 2010 at 1:08:47 pm
 

 

THREATS TO NEW JERSEY LIBRARIES

 

As many of you know, Governor's Christie's budget proposes cuts to the following budget lines: Library Network Aid, Per Capita Library Aid, Virtual Library.  Additionally, the budget proposes moving the State Library under the auspices of Rutgers University, and there is a bill pending (A2555) to eliminate the 1/3 of a mil minimum funding for municipal libraries. For more details on these threats see NJLA's Legislative Alert.

 

We are working with the library community to develop an advocacy plan to address these threats. As our advocacy efforts develop we will be in touch with HRLC members through our listserv, webpage, blog, and all channels at our disposal.

 

We are asking for the restoration of 10.4 million dollars to local libraries. These funds provide libraries with Internet connections, website and email hosting, interlibrary loan, delivery of library materials, electronic resources, as well a library for the blind and handicapped.

 

Here are things you can do:

 

1. Use the talking points from Norma Blake. Also see "Facts for Advocacy" on this wiki.

 

2. Point supporters to this Capwiz Link: http://capwiz.com/ala/nj/home/ and ask them to contact their state reps and the Governor to fight for funding.  Capwiz makes it EASY!!  Also, you can sign up for legislative alerts (and encourage other to do so too) here: 

http://capwiz.com/ala/nj/lmx/u/?jobid=145361623&queueid=4898333736 

 

3. Encourage your friends, family, and customers who support library service to Become a Library Champion at http://www.ilovenjlibraries.org/ so we can continue building our base of support. 

 

4. Bookmarks for you to print and distribute! http://njla.pbworks.com/Library-Champions-Bookmarks (thanks to Heidi Cramer for providing)

 

5. Join (and encourage your friends, family, customers and colleagues) the Facebook Group Save NJ Libraries!

 

 

 

6. Register for the INFOLINK Annual Membership Meeting and Advocacy Rally

 

 

For more detailed news from the NJLA President
and a Sample Resolution for Library Boards and Commissions, CLICK HERE

 

 

Use "Sidebar" on the right as your navigation to different topic pages.  If you do not see the sidebar on the right, click the leftward arrow on the top right of “Edit” tab.

 

 

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