[APG Public List] FW: [TX-ETGS] Proposed Texas Budget Demolishes Statewide LibraryPrograms

Amy Crow amy at amyjohnsoncrow.com
Sat Jan 22 06:20:42 MST 2011

With so many states facing severe budget shortfalls and with this being the "season" to start the budget process, this is likely only the beginning. 

I urge everyone to pay close attention in their own states, counties and municipalities as budgets are being discussed. Contact your legislators/commissioners/council-people if there are cuts that you find unacceptable. Libraries and archives are often on the first line of cuts.

It's just like voting -- if you don't become part of the process, you have no right to complain if you don't get the results you want. 

Amy Johnson Crow, CG,
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
(Where we're facing a probable $8B budget shortfall in the state budget. You better believe they're going to go after libraries, just like they did in the last biennial budget.)

On Jan 21, 2011, at 11:55 PM, Jeanette Daniels wrote:

> Everyone,
> I thought you might be interested in this message from one of my friends in Texas.  Hopefully, this is not a national trend.
> Jeanette Daniels
> Heritage Genealogical College
> --- On Fri, 1/21/11, Janie Cain <cainrj at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> From: Janie Cain <cainrj at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: FW: [TX-ETGS] Proposed Texas Budget Demolishes Statewide LibraryPrograms
> To: "Janie Cain" <cainrj at sbcglobal.net>
> Date: Friday, January 21, 2011, 6:11 PM
> Very Interesting and please pass it on….
> From: Glenda Hayes [mailto:glendakhayes at yahoo.com] 
> Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 1:33 PM
> To: Janie Cain
> Subject: Fw: [TX-ETGS] Proposed Texas Budget Demolishes Statewide LibraryPrograms
> Janie,
>  You might want to send this out to our membership.  Scott Fitzgerald is involved with the East Texas Genealogy Society, Van Zandt County Genealogy, the Anderson County Genweb, and is the treasurer of the Texas State Genealogy Society.  It seems the state of Texas is determined to balance the budget on the backs of retired teachers (they are threatened to cut our pensions even though we have not had a raise in 10 years), school children, the poor, and government services that are utilized by the ordinary citizens.  This will effect all libraries, but will really hurt libraries in small communities.
>  Glenda
> --- On Thu, 1/20/11, Scott Fitzgerald <scottfitzgerald at tyler.net> wrote:
> From: Scott Fitzgerald <scottfitzgerald at tyler.net>
> Subject: [TX-ETGS] Proposed Texas Budget Demolishes Statewide LibraryPrograms
> To: "TSGS Open List" <TX-TEXSTATE-L at rootsweb.com>
> Cc: "ETGS Mailing List" <TX-ETGS-L at rootsweb.com>
> Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 12:04 PM
> -----Original Message-----
> From: txgen-bounces at rootsweb.com [mailto:txgen-bounces at rootsweb.com] On
> Behalf Of Patricia Stephenson
> Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 11:45 AM
> To: txgen at rootsweb.com
> Subject: [TXGEN] FW: Proposed Texas Budget Demolishes Statewide
> LibraryPrograms
> >From my county librarian:
> Pat Stephenson
> Madison County
> --- On Wed, 1/19/11, Texas Library Association <gloriam at txla.org> wrote:
> Proposed Texas Budget Demolishes 
> Statewide Library Programs 
> The first draft of the State's budget proposal for 2012-13 affects every
> statewide library program.   
> The proposal: 
> Eliminates Loan Star Libraries (direct aid grants to public libraries)
> Eliminates all state funding for TexShare databases (replaces state funding
> for databases with increased fees to member libraries)  
> Eliminates the K-12 Database program
> Eliminates the Library System Negotiated Grants Program (the new competitive
> grant program started last session for systems)
> Eliminates state funding for consulting services to libraries (program/staff
> based at the agency)
> Eliminates state funding for state depository program and TRAIL program
> Eliminates state funding for records management (replaces state funding with
> increased fees) 
> Assumes an overall loss of over $8 million in IMLS funds (Note:
> federalfunding is the source of funding for the regional library systems,
> the TANG program, and interlibrary loan.)
> Eliminates the Technology Allotment at TEA.
> This budget shows a 99% decrease in state funding for statewide local
> library aid programs and a 93% state cut to library resource sharing
> programs at the State Library. Overall, the agency cuts amount to about a
> 70% cut in state funds and an all funds reduction about a third of the
> agency's budget. 
> >From the perspective of investing in communities, helping kids learn,
> spurring job placement, and maintaining a dynamic infrastructure for
> research and digital literacy through our libraries, this budget completely
> fails the people of Texas. The proposed recommendations amount to an
> abdication of responsibility, vision, and leadership. 
> For libraries, these recommendations not only potentially destroy almost
> every facet of critical statewide library services; they speak to a
> philosophy dismissive of supporting individuals and communities. 
> While this budget is just the starting point for deliberations, it is a
> frightening portent of the potential implosion of our state's infrastructure
> for learning and economic development. 
> We must not let this stand. It is not just our funding over the next two
> years that is in danger -- it is the vital understanding of libraries and
> their role in offering education, providing meaningful and proven support to
> our economy and institutions of learning, and speaking to a state of
> vitality.  
> We need everyone to speak out for libraries. We need every library supporter
> to inundate their state representative and senator, the Governor, and the
> Lt. Governor with letters expressing the incredible damage these cuts would
> cause.We have a long and hard fight ahead of us, but it is one we must
> undertake.
> Here is what you can do...
> 1)      Call your state representative and senator and tell them not to cut
> library funding. Be prepared to make the case for your library and the
> impact it has on your community and students.For more information on library
> programs, see Issues and Taking Action.  
> 2)      Develop an awareness campaign within you community. See the "What My
> Library Means to Me Campaign." Start marshaling your resources and get your
> army of supporters mobilized for action. 
> 3)      Inform people around you --  administrators, community powerbrokers,
> student groups, PTAs. Show them how they can save state funding for
> libraries. Ask them to speak and write to elected officials. 
> 4)      Participate in Legislative Day. (There is still time to get a hotel
> room through tomorrow!) 
> 5)      Write letters to the editor; contact your local mediaabout library
> funding. 
> 6)      Above all: show up for duty!  This is a cause for each and every one
> of us, regardless of political affiliation.  We all want the same thing - a
> strong Texas with strong libraries.  If there was ever a time we needed
> library supporters to be proactive andaggressive in their support for
> libraries, THE TIME IS NOW.  
> Fight for our libraries.  
> Let's not undo a generation of progress!
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