Thursday, May 10, 2012

Clearwater Public Library Director: Letter to the editor on MLC funding

Barbara Pickell, Library Director of the Clearwater Public Library System
Barbara Pickell, Library Director of the Clearwater Public Library System, has published and excellent letter to the editor about Gov. Scott's veto of funding for the multitype library cooperatives (MLCs) on the Clearwater Patch website. Here are some key excerpts:
What libraries do best is share.

One book is purchased and many people can get to read it. But at heart, we are all local agencies, serving our individual city or county, school or academic institution.

The Florida Multi-type Library Cooperatives, or MLC’s, help us step beyond our local boundaries by helping us share our resources more effectively. The MLC’s are 501©3 non-profit organizations, but their basic operation was supported by the State of Florida because the state saw the benefit of trying to make every item in the state available to every person in the state.

This year, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed funding for the MLC’s. There was no reason given for this veto, and it was totally unexpected. This will mean that these five library support organizations will be struggling to survive for one more year. Some are in deeper trouble than others, but all will have to reduce services.
Read the whole letter.

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