ERIC Number: ED157523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of the Economy on Libraries and the Impact of Libraries on the Economy of New York State.
Johnson, Shirley B.
New York's library system, which helps to attract desirable information related industries, is endangered by inflation and budget stringency. Library costs have increased more rapidly than the general price level. Technological improvements, cost-saving in the long run, require initial capital outlays. The growth of book collections must keep pace with the information explosion. Public libraries receive a declining share of local expenditures making urban libraries particularly vulnerable, and reductions in Federal support have been felt in New York more than in most states. Service may be reduced or it may be supported through private philanthropy or user fees. Elite reference collections should charge fees to users such as the information industry, thus converting some library costs from "external economies" to costs born by firms which can readily afford them. If there is no alternative financing, user fees may be necessary. The cost of maintaining excellence in libraries is much less than the cost of not doing so. (Author/JAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Position Paper prepared for the New York Governor's Conference on Libraries; Page 8 may be marginally legible