An editorial in today's Visalia Times-Delta summarizes how Tulare county in northern California has ended up dealing with cuts in funding:
"The solution finally adopted spreads the pain around, and it hits everywhere. Every branch will lose some hours. The main library in Visalia will lose a day, Thursday. The county bookmobiles will shut down entirely."
The editorial goes on to say:
"What we're left with is basically an imperfect solution that shows everybody how critical the situation is. There is a good side to that, though, because now everybody in the county will be affected by the cuts to the libraries, and everybody in the county will be seeking to relieve them. If Visalia had not been affected, there would have been little incentive for folks in Visalia to appeal for the opening of branches in Alpaugh, Pixley and Ivanhoe."
How are your local public libraries dealing with funding cuts? Are they closing branches and if so, which ones? Or, like Tulare county, are cuts being distributed across all library service areas? Which seems more fair? Is one approach better than the other? And finally, can funding crises really lead to better long term solutions?
Let me know what you think -- leave a comment!