December 8, 2006
Director, Communications & Public Information
Board Outlines Cuts Necessitated by Governor Romney's 9C Cuts
Faced with more than $1 Million in cuts to its FY2007 budget following 9C cuts made by Governor Romney to balance the State Budget, the Board has regretfully authorized changes to its FY2007 budget.
"Although no cuts are pleasant, the small cuts made in administrative costs can be absorbed," said Robert C. Maier, Director. "However, the cuts to the Library Technology and Resource Sharing (Account 7000-9506), along with to the Talking Book Programs at the Perkins School for the Blind and the Worcester Public Library, will have real devastating consequences in providing library service to the citizens of the Commonwealth."
"In order for the Board to make up an $800,000 cut in Library Technology, the Board authorized the use of approximately $280,000 from its Special Priorities and Projects Budget that had been earmarked for statewide projects in order to support contracts for online resources that have already been committed," said Maier. In addition, cuts to the nine automated networks that tie libraries together and support their catalogues and interlibrary loan efforts were made, and the subsidy to statewide delivery and funds intended to help small libraries join automated networks, were curtailed. "These programs cannot be funded unless these 9C cuts are reversed," said Maier.
Members of the Board stated that they would be working with the Legislature and new Administration to restore these cuts as soon as possible.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.