The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library faces a $6.8 million shortfall for 2011 if the budget proposed by Erie County Executive Chris Collins stands. Library hours will be reduced from 332 to 205, and up to 200 librarians and staff will be laid-off. The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Board of Trustees Chairwoman has responded to criticism of the lack of advocacy by Library administrators and trustees to restore funding. (see http://www.lisnews.org/buffalo_public_library_director_and_board_trustees_refuse_advocate)
In related news:
The Cheektowaga Board has adopted its own resolution to restore funding to the libraries. http://www.metrowny.com/news/102-Town_board_fights_back_on_library_cuts.html
Library staff and supporters organized a rally on November 6 to advocate for funding restoration. Erie County Legislators and City of Buffalo Common Council members spoke at the rally. An online petition has also been created: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savebecpl/
News coverage regarding the Rally:
WBFO (local NPR affiliate): http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wbfo/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1722868/WBFO.News/Reimagine...
Buffalo News: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/erie-county/article244003.ece
YNN (Time Warner): http://buffalo.ynn.com/content/top_stories/523051/supporters-rally-to-protest-library-cuts/