NEWS RELEASE

Funding Cuts Impact Massachusetts Libraries and Networks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2016
Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us

Funding Cuts Impact Massachusetts Libraries and Networks

State funding cuts of nearly 25 percent to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)'s Technology and Resource Sharing account (line item 7000-9506) have caused a reduction in funding to the nine automated library networks.

Automated library networks are key to sharing library resources across the state, giving residents access to 53 million items.

"No library could ever afford to own all the materials its patrons need," said Dianne Carty, director of the MBLC. "Thanks to resource sharing through the networks, everyone has equal access to holdings at all public libraries in the Commonwealth."

Network 9506 Awards in FY 15 9506 Awards in FY 16 Reduction of Award YOY*
Cape Libraries Automated
Materials Sharing (CLAMS)
$135,549 $98,087 $-37,462
Central/Western Massachusetts
Automated Resource Sharing
(C/W MARS)
$451,419 $328,503 $-122,916
Metro Boston Library
Network (MBLN)
$252,413 $200,621 $-51,792
Minuteman Library Network
(MLN)
$283,510 $208,320 $-75,190
Merrimack Valley Library
Consortium (MVLC)
$147,600 $120,999 $-26,601
North of Boston Library
Exchange (NOBLE)
$179,333 $152,397 $-26,936
Old Colony Library Network
(OCLN)
$152,692 $116,443 $-36,249
SAILS $167,892 $118,753 $-49,139
Total $1,770,408 $1,344,123 $-426,285

* = year over year

Libraries pay a membership fee to belong to a network. The account for Technology and Resource Sharing is used in part to offset the cost of network membership. Because of this drastic cut, libraries will either experience an increase in their network membership fees or a scaling back of the services their networks are able to offer.

Small libraries (serving a population of 10,000 and under) may be hit the hardest. Last year, many additional libraries received funding from the MBLC's Small Libraries in Networks Program for the first time. Funding to this program has been reduced by 12 percent. As a result, the MBLC anticipates that many small libraries will find network membership beyond their means.

The chart below includes the number of libraries that have received assistance through the Small Libraries in Networks Program, the number of items residents receive from other libraries through resource sharing, and the network funding reduction.

Senate District # of Libraries in District Network(s) # of libraries assisted by the Small Libraries in Networks Program Items residents borrowed through resource sharing (Interlibrary Loan) in FY 14 2013 Population Funding to Networks
cut from FY 15-FY 16
Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden 53 C/WMARS 26 172,161 154,237 $-122,916
Bristol and Norfolk 9 SAILS-6
MLN-1
OCLN-2
N/A 265,060 185,437 SAILS=$-49,139
OCLN=$-36,249
MLN=$-75,190
Cape and Islands 20 CLAMS 13 441,141 170,679 $-37,462
Fifth Middlesex 6 MBLN-1
NOBLE-4
MLN-1
N/A 181,244 179,073 MBLN=$-51,792
NOBLE=$-29,936
MLN=$-75,190
First Bristol and Plymouth 7 SAILS 2 97,960 164,326 $-49,139
First Essex 7 MVLC 2 213,098 189,461 $-26,601
First Essex and Middlesex 16 MVLC=15
NOBLE=1
11 263,775 183,677 MVLC=$-26,601
NOBLE=$-29,936
First Hampden and Hampshire 9 C/WMARS 3 186,944 303,456 $-122,916
First Middlesex 6 MVLC-5
C/MARS-1
2 115,156 170,517 MVLC=$-26,601
C/WMARS=$-122,916
First Middlesex and Norfolk 3 MLN N/A 393,042 176,189 $-75,190
First Plymouth and Bristol 9 SAILS 3 177,257 172,257 $-49,139
First Suffolk 1 MBLN N/A 6,388 645,966 $-51,792
First Suffolk and Middlesex 4 NOBLE-2
MBLN-1
MLN-1
N/A 237,178 825,122 NOBLE=$-26,936
MBLN=$-51,792
MLN=$-75,190
First Worcester 7 C/WMARS 3 136,592 244,766 $-122,916
Fourth Middlesex 5 MLN-3
MVLC-2
N/A 269,936 183,112 MLN=$-75,190
MVLC=$-26,601
Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester 26 C/WMARS 16 278,241 185,786 $-122,916
Middlesex and Suffolk 4 MBLN-2
NOBLE-1
MLN-1
N/A 244,648 833,860 MBLN=$-51,792
NOBLE=$-29,936
MLN=$-75,190
Middlesex and Worcester 14 MLN-4
C/WMARS-9
MVLC-1
7 319,545 197,218 MLN=$-75,190
C/WMARS=$-122,916
MVLC=$-26,601
Norfolk and Plymouth 5 OCLN N/A 197,238 174,929 $-36,249
Norfolk and Suffolk 6 MLN-5
MBLN-1
1 176,847 750,625 MLN=$-75,190
MBLN=$-51,792
Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex 12 MLN-7
SAILS-5
3 410,044 256,820 MLN=$-75,190
SAILS=$-49,139
Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth 10 OCLN-7
SAILS-3
2 331,528 215,087 OCLN=$-36,249
SAILS=$-49,139
Plymouth and Barnstable 6 SAILS-1
CLAMS-2
OCLN-3
N/A 199,208 160,708 SAILS=$-49,139
CLAMS=$-37,462
OCLN=$-36,249
Plymouth and Norfolk 8 OCLN 1 199,261 166,581 $-36,249
Second Bristol and Plymouth 5 SAILS 1 145,059 162,222 $-49,139
Second Essex 5 NOBLE=4
MVLC=1
1 135,101 169,123 NOBLE=$-26,936
MVLC=$-26,601
Second Essex and Middlesex 4 MVLC N/A 171,491 172,928 $-26,601
Second Hampden and Hampshire 11 C/WMARS 4 129,281 202,313 $-122,916
Second Middlesex 4 MLN N/A 379,428 265,342 $-75,190
Second Middlesex and Norfolk 7 MLN-6
C/WMARS-1
1 238,664 198,519 MLN=$-75,190
C/WMARS=$-122,916
Second Plymouth and Bristol 8 OCLN-3
SAILS-5
2 125,448 181,697 OCLN=$-36,249
SAILS=$-49,139
Second Suffolk 1 MBLN N/A 6,388 645,966 $-51,792
Second Suffolk and Middlesex 3 MLN-2
MBLN-1
N/A 142,394 704,294 MLN=$-75,190
MBLN=$-51,792
Second Worcester 8 C/WMARS 4 180,807 301,736 $-122,916
Third Essex 6 NOBLE N/A 85,474 169,303 $-26,936
Third Middlesex 9 MLN
MVLC
2 450,870 204,672 MLN=$-75,190
MVLC=$-26,601
Worcester and Middlesex 11 C/WMARS 7 143,182 166,968 $-122,916
Worcester and Norfolk 14 C/WMARS 7 121,822 175,543 $-122,916
Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex 28 C/WMARS 20 122,731 163,910 $-122,916

About MBLC

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.