“Library services and programs are being rediscovered,” Idaho Commission for Libraries Director Ann Joslin told the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this morning, citing “increased library use in the current economic downturn.” She said, “In fact, this is a spike in the existing 10-year growth of library use. We see library use increasing because Idahoans are finding the programs and services they need in print, in person and online, often with knock-your-socks-off service. … Idaho libraries are more relevant than ever to individuals, to communities and to our state.” Nevertheless, the governor has recommended a 10.3 percent cut in the commission’s budget next year; that’s a cut of $381,200.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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