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Carol Fitzgerald's "Libraries and Librarians Are Endangered Species" piece on The Huffington Post

Friday, June 25, 2010

Libraries and Librarians Are Endangered Species: What You Can Do to Help

In April my mother called to say a cost-cutting move threatened to close my hometown's local library. The town council of Cedar Grove, New Jersey needed to trim the budget by $600,000, and by eliminating library funding council members thought they saw an easy cut. There were no unions to deal with, and the library line item in the budget of $490,000 for the remainder of 2010 was large enough that it could wipe out a huge chunk of the budget deficit. As one councilman noted, the surrounding towns had libraries; people could use those...

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