Hot Topics Winter ’09–Budgets

Budget Challenges & Issues

Reports from states (representatives in group): Florida, 25% budget cuts for public libraries, 12% cuts for Comm. Coll.  Ohio-deficit projected for next biennium.   Georgia, some (higher ed.) institutions have been hit harder than others.  Colorado, budgets getting tighter and tighter, 10% cut ordered by governor. 

There was also discussion of e-books vs. print, is it a good investment of funds?  Some libraries do not seem to have much use by students of e-books.  Access is key.  Arapahoe CC has e-books integrated in catalog through AquaBrowser. 

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