As many of you know, Governor's Christie's budget proposes cuts to the following budget lines: Library Network Aid, Per Capita Library Aid, Virtual Library. Additionally, the budget proposes moving the State Library under the auspices of Rutgers University, and there is a bill pending (A2555) to eliminate the 1/3 of a mil minimum funding for municipal libraries. For more details on these threats see NJLA's Legislative Alert.
We are working with the library community to develop an advocacy plan to address these threats. As our advocacy efforts develop we will be in touch with SJRLC members through our listserv, webpage, blog, and all channels at our disposal.
UPDATED! For now, here are three things you can do:
- Point supporters to this
http://capwiz.com/ala/nj/home/ and ask them to contact
their state reps and the Governor to fight for funding.
Capwiz makes it EASY!! Also, you can sign up for
legislative alerts (and encourage other to do so too) here:
- Encourage your friends, family, and customers who
support library service to
http://www.ilovenjlibraries.org/ so we can continue building
our base of support.
- Bookmarks! http://njla.pbworks.com/Library-Champions-Bookmarks and www.bccls.org/buckles/advocacy (tthanks to Heidi Cramer for providing)