Money Issues

R.I.P. for a bookstore

Here is an Article on how the little book stores are just not surviving in today\'s economy.

\"BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (CNNfn) - For bookseller Dan Di Domenico it isn\'t a \"new economy.\" It\'s no economy.

\"I\'ve been losing $1,000 a month for the last 10 months ... I\'ve let my inventory run low to pay bills. You just can\'t go on that way, you know?\" He plans to close his Bloomfield, N.J., bookshop, \"Daniel\'s Den,\" next month, ending a 23-year run.

It\'s not an unfamiliar situation for a small business. In 1998, the most recent year for available statistics, roughly 870,000 businesses ended operations, according to the Small Business Administration.\"  -- Read More

kinder, gentler collection firm

Mcall.com,in PA, is running a Story on a local library that has hired an Indiana collection agency (Unique Management Services ) that specializes in library work.

\"\"We\'re hoping to get back more of the money that\'s out there and the material that is owed to us,\'\' library Administrator Mary Kupferschmid said.\"

Are there other library collection agencies? They say this one is run by an ex-librarian! -- Read More

Put up or pull out, library tells users

ML Live has a Story on a little fight brewing in Michigan. Residents in one School District pay $1.6 Million a year for library services; their neighbors pay nothing. So managers are demanding all residents pay their fair share or possibly lose access to the library.

\"What we have said to them is, \'Look, we don\'t think this is fair. We would like you to join (our) district library.\' If they decide not to do that, we will terminate our contract.\"Sherry Hupp, Cromaine library director, said of the northern district residents. -- Read More

Library increases overdue book fines

Read this Story from the Ann Arbor News. Does anyone have any opinons on only using email for overdue notifications? It may save money but does it exclude many patrons, particularly on an economic level?

You\'d better make sure that\'s not a library book
languishing on the coffee table, forgotten for weeks.

Unless you\'ve given the Ann Arbor District Library your
e-mail address, you won\'t be getting an overdue notice.
As of March 6, the library stopped mailing notices to
customers, one of many cost-saving measures taken
since faced with an unexpected million dollar deficit. -- Read More

Schools, libraries miss out on Net funding

A Report from The Union Leader says that New Hampshire schools and libraries are missing out on more than $2 million a year in federal funds due to overwhelming paper work.

\"There is a tremendous amount of paperwork, and it changes\" annually, said Theresa Pare, a librarian with the New Hampshire State Library. The program is now in its fourth year, and none of the paperwork is the same as previous years, she said.
\"The application process has been horrendous,\" agreed Judy Fillion, a director with the state Department of Education. -- Read More

Police probe missing funds from library

Read this story here. From Ann Arbor News.

The Ann Arbor District Library\'s former finance director used library accounts to buy several thousand dollars
worth of personal merchandise and services, including a
dishwasher, medical care and vehicle repairs, authorities
alleged in court records.

Ann Arbor police and the library board\'s president on
Tuesday confirmed that an embezzlement investigation is
under way because of purchases Don Dely made with a library debit card andcharge account between 1997 and November of last year. No charges have been filed.

Board: Aging libraries need money (New York)

Will Gov. George Pataki and the Legislature approve the spending? Read about it Here. From the Syracuse Post-Standard.

The state board that oversees New York\'s public libraries
is recommending $90 million to pay for physical improvements for library buildings over the next five years.

The state Board of Regents said Tuesday that New York\'s 1,080 public libraries need $800 million for construction, while the state spends just $800,000
annually. The regents said their proposal, \"Libraries 2001,\"
would provide a \"first step\" toward meeting that goal.

Ontario Libraries Receive $8.4-Million Grant

Read this press release Here.

Ontario Libraries Receive $8.4-Million Grant to Provide Library Patrons With Increased Internet Access From Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gates foundation gives $1 million to libraries

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donates to Chicago\'s library system. Read about it Here. From the The Chicago Tribune

Chicago\'s library system will receive money and gifts totaling $1 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand public access to the Internet, Mayor Richard Daley announced Thursday.

Library gets $1 million for upgrades

The Library Legacy Foundation presented its first installment. Read about it Here. From the The Toledo Blade

The Library Legacy Foundation yesterday presented its first installment, a check for $1 million, to the board of the Toledo-Lucas County Library to help in paying for improvements to the system.

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