Your Voice Does Make a Difference

This just in from American Libraries, Wed, 06/30/2010 - 04:17:

"While New York and New Jersey libraries (as well as those in Boston, Los Angeles, Charlotte, and countless points inbetween), have fought off draconian cuts for months, South Carolina's library community had a narrow window of opportunity to win an override of Gov. Mark Sanford's devastating veto of $4.65 million in state aid and $1.172 million in stimulus funds for public libraries. However, State Librarian David Goble marshalled advocates through traditional and social-network channels, and they connected with lawmakers so persuasively that Sanford's veto was overturned five days later."

The SC Legislature has done all it can do with the state's budget but there's still time to affect the federal budget. If you haven't contacted your federal representatives in support of libraries yet, do so today.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.