Library Cutbacks: A Modest Proposal
Posted by monster7of9
While I’ve busy with other things in life and work in the library, this blog has been not up to date with information I intended to post. I wanted this blog to talk about best practices using technology and discuss other library issues. However, the information delivered to me yesterday has prompted me to make this post.
“In these tough, economic times….” blah, blah, blah. We’ve heard this phrase countless times through out the day and we are feeling not just the pinch but a serious purple nurple. While the news was already proposed some time ago about a 5% pay cut, we have more cost cutting items like the elimination of 142 full-time and 124 part-time library positions. Other county measures are being taken to reduce the budget’s shortfall of about $400 million dollars but I’m just focusing on just the library since this will have a more direct impact to my family and myself.
Coming from a business major background, I understand the needs of the company trying to stay afloat through tough economic times. Controlling cost is the main struggle for companies on a daily basis. The cost of office supplies, equipment, and staff are things that can be controlled internally. When the hammer comes down on cost saving measures, staff /personnel must be reduced in payroll or the number of staff members reduced overall. Since most of the budget goes into paying staff salaries which could range from 60% to 75% any reduction of these percentage and poof!, the company is back in black. Cutting jobs are always the first line of controlling expenses because of the immediate effects. However, when it comes to the library services, you are cutting off your nose to spite the face. This is not to say to those who work in more high demanding and dangerous county positions should not be exempt but the library offers a service to the public like no other.
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