January 11, 2007
Director, Communications & Public Information
Board to Restore Budget Cuts
BOSTON - "We are delighted that Governor Deval Patrick has restored the more than $1 million in 9C cuts made by former Governor Mitt Romney in November," said Dr. Em Claire Knowles, Chair. "With our state funding now restored to its original budget for FY2007, it is anticipated that the full Board will be reversing its recent action that authorized the use of approximately $280,000 from its Special Priorities and Projects Budget to make up the shortfall for online resources that had already been committed," she continued.
In addition, cuts to the nine automated networks that tie libraries together and support their catalogues and interlibrary loan efforts, and the subsidy to statewide delivery and funds intended to help small libraries join automated networks can be restored, said Robert C. Maier, Director. Also, by restoring the funding cut from the Talking Book Programs at the Perkins School for the Blind and the Worcester Public Library they will be able to continue their outreach and library service to the visually-impaired citizens of the Commonwealth.
Members of the Board, along with the Massachusetts Library Association, will now be working with the new Legislature and Administration to continue providing funding for adequate library service in the upcoming FY2008 Budget.
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.