[APG Public List] FW: [TX-ETGS] Proposed Texas Budget Demolishes Statewide LibraryPrograms
jeanettedaniels8667 at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 21 21:55:58 MST 2011
I thought you might be interested in this message from one of my friends in Texas. Hopefully, this is not a national trend.
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
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.
--- On Thu, 1/20/11, Scott Fitzgerald <scottfitzgerald at tyler.net>
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
From: txgen-bounces at rootsweb.com
[mailto:txgen-bounces at rootsweb.com]
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
>From my county librarian:
--- On Wed, 1/19/11, Texas Library Association <gloriam at txla.org>
Proposed Texas Budget Demolishes
Statewide Library Programs
The first draft of the State's budget proposal for 2012-13 affects every
statewide library program.
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
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
>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
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
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
army of supporters mobilized for action.
3) Inform people around you -- administrators,
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
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
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!
This email was sent to vrsg68 at yahoo.com
by gloriam at txla.org
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