The following announcement from the Alabama Department of Archives and History is more evidence the economy is improving and politicians appreciate the value of libraries and archives.
The Alabama Department of Archives and History is pleased to announce the reopening of the museum and research room one Saturday per month, starting on November 13, 2010. The department will be open for researchers and museum visitors on the second Saturday of each month from 8:30 to 4:30.
The elimination of Saturday services and other programs in January 2009 resulted from severe budget cuts that led to the loss of 20 of the department's 55 full-time positions. Although the impact of budget reductions is ongoing, restoring Saturday services has remained a priority for the department.
The introduction of second-Saturday hours is made possible in part by one-time federal stimulus funding. The reallocation of staff resources to cover the duties of some eliminated positions was also required.
The museum and research room will be open on Saturday, November 13, and Saturday, December 11, 2010. Starting on January 8, 2011, special children's activities and tours will be added to the second-Saturday schedule.
Normal hours will remain 8:30 - 4:30 on the following schedule:
Monday: Museum and Staff Offices open
Research Room Closed on Mondays
Tuesday - Friday: Museum, Research Room, and Staff Offices open
Saturday: Museum and Research Room open, 2nd Saturday of each month only
Sunday & State Holidays: Department Closed
Alabama Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Avenue
P O Box 300100-0100
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
And, thanks to Ken Thomas and Bob Davis for bringing this information to my attention.