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When libraries face budget challenges, why are branch closures off-the-table?

Guest blog by Ken Roberts of Ken Roberts Library Consulting. Ken was a presenter at the recent Future of Libraries Institute. Libraries spend most of their money on four things – staff, buildings, collections and technology.  Chairs become wobbly if their four legs are not balanced and public libraries become wobbly when their priorities are […]

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Are We Giving Away the Future?

Steve Coffman, vice-president of LSSI, makes a provocative argument in American Libraries this month. Consider this: Public libraries spend only 11 cents of every budget dollar on books or materials of any kind. The percentage of the budget is also trending down, from 25% in 1942, to 16% in 1989 to 12% in 2010. But […]

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