Libraries In Jeopardy If JMRL Funds Cut

Albemarle County has put the Jefferson Madison Regional Library on alert; it may have to cut its funding by up to 10 percent. Read more
Burt

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jan 19, 2010
If Albemarle is the top funder, who better to dictate the hours. Hey Tony, go in the back room and cry. Everybody needs to share in the pain of these cuts. Business as usual just doesn't cut it right now.
Former cville

Blacksburg, VA

#2 Jan 19, 2010
What a mature response by their board. "Give me what I want or I'll take the toys home!" Their first budget reduction in years and the immediate response is to close branches? Looks like they have the community interest at heart.
Get Over Yourself

Crozet, VA

#4 Jan 20, 2010
The only board who doesn't have the community's interest at heart is the BOS with their zero-based budget idea. County governments are not corporations that can discontune a commodity when its not profitable. The library board has been underfunded for quite a long time and cutting services is its only option. Besides, we don't need no stinking literacy in this county, we have Republicans in charge. Poor Crozet, under the Masterplan they were promised a needed new library and now they might lose the only one they have. That's one way to encourage a designated growth area.
Scottsville Resident

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jan 20, 2010
I'm sorry but this doesn't make sense. How does a 5-10% reduction in funding from one source (and this isn't 5-10% of total library funding only the portion coming from Albemarle county) equal the complete closure of 2 branches? I need to see more hard figures for this to make sense. This sounds more like a threat by Townsend than a true consequence of the budget cut. Also the info that all funding goes to one central pot and this is doled up by circ stats sounds suspect. How much does Nelson contribute for their library and how much does Nelson's library receive? And I understand that Albemarle helps pay for the city libraries and it should since county residents can easily use them, but I want to see funding numbers for Nelson and Louisa.

And I'm sure the employees of the Crozet and Scottsville branches love hearing Townsend threatening to close them down. What are the librarians and support staff supposed to say to the residents who they've built relationships with?

I think funding for acquisitions should be the first cut before services. That is usually where libraries look first. That's what the UVA libraries did when their budgets were cut.

I hope NBC29 continues to cover this story. I think a lot people (including me obviously) will be interested.
Living in Scottsville

Palmyra, VA

#7 Jan 22, 2010
The full text of Anthony Townsend's press release can be found on JMRL's website: http://www.jmrl.org/pdf/BudgetCrisis.pdf Additionally, JMRL's five-year plan is also available at their website.
Funding for acquisitions has been cut first. It happened when state funding was reduced. JMRL depends heavily on funding from state AND county, not just the counties they serve.
Buckethead Sid

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jan 28, 2010
I reckon thats a real shame for all them fellers what likes to read them there books and stuff.
thinking free

Rocky Mount, VA

#9 Jan 28, 2010
Buckethead Sid wrote:
I reckon thats a real shame for all them fellers what likes to read them there books and stuff.
The shame is on you.

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