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ERIC Number: EJ839615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-15
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Library Referenda 2008: Libraries Build the Case for Voter Support
Dempsey, Beth
Library Journal, v134 n5 p68-71 Mar 2009
Despite the recent turmoil in the U.S. economy, most libraries that were tracked by "Library Journal" won their referenda at a rate just slightly lower than 2007. Nearly three-quarters of operating referenda passed. Building referenda under $10 million passed at a whopping 85%, with those over $10 million batting slightly better than 500. Among the larger requests was a spectacular win by Atlanta-Fulton Public Library. Its request for a $275 million bond for the most extensive library building program in Georgia's history was approved by voters at a rate of two to one. In California, the Palo Alto City Library will build new and expand existing libraries with $76 million approved by nearly 70% of its constituents. And in Idaho, the Boise Basin Library District won a fight for its very life when voters supported the library with 81% of the ballot. The economy's health impacted voter support in different ways. With economists continuing to predict that things are likely to get worse before they get better, the chances of catching voters in a good mood in 2009 (or 2010...) are slim. Libraries with referenda on the ballot this year are likely to face a populace worn thin by corporate bailouts and an uncertain future. In this article, the author discusses what libraries can and should learn from the libraries that fought and won in 2008. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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