Friday, July 10, 2009

More Economic News

Well, the economy continues to hurt every aspect of life. For genealogists and historians, the news seems particularly bleak, this week, as more and more libraries are cutting back hours, laying off staff, and reducing access.

Just last week, the Gwinnett County Library announced a reduction in public hours at each of the branch libraries. The libraries will close on Sunday and Monday, and reduce hours the rest of the week, for a savings of 28 hours per week, per library. On the national level, Ohio libraries have announced closures and staff reductions, and in this morning's e-mail the Sutro Library, the major genealogy library in San Francisco announced early closures.

I realize there are no easy answers for this economic crisis. New ideas need to be explored to continue to provide long term funding for greater access to libraries and other research institutions.

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