Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Depressing

Just finished putting the words "This service will end on June 30, 2010 if the proposed budget cuts are approved" or "This service may end on June 30, 2010 if the proposed budget cuts are approved" next to the links to all of the online databases our patrons (and we librarians) will or might lose access to if the current hatin'-on-libraries-and-schools NJ state budget passes.

Literally, scores of databases. Virtually every one we now offer. If the budget goes through, we'd be lucky if we could hang on to a tenth of what we now offer.

Extremely depressing to contemplate.

And that's just the databases this budget would strip from us. Which is just the tip of the iceberg.

We included this link. I hope enough people kick up a fuss to get this thing changed.

10 comments:

  1. I'm sure there's at least one of my company's products on the chopping block. :(

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  2. Unfortunately, it's not just New Jersey. The libraries here are filling with people trying to use the computers to find work, as hours are cut and buildings close.

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  3. That sucks. I hate that all local governments seem to be cutting services right now.

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  4. Bah!! Who needs adequately funded schools and libraries? That'd just lead to an informed and educated populace and we can't have THAT, now can we? They'd get all uppity, don't ya know.

    Same thing is happening in my state where the governor is, quite literally, blind. Let's just slash funding to schools and libraries, then spend ten times that much on incarcerating unmotivated, illiterate dropouts. Smart, no?

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  5. gah, that is depressing? I thought you joisey gubberment workers could squeeze some mob money to keep the techy stuff open? Where's your real influence here?

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  6. crap. Gah, that is depressing should have a . not a ? by it. I saw it too late. Must need a joisey proofreader.

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  7. That completely blows! I will spare you my soap box rant.

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  8. Between the libraries & the schools, these across-the-board slashes are poorly thought out.

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  9. Hmmm... sure seems like NJ plagiarized the California-stickin'-it-to-the-public-park-system-and-fucking-over-education Budget.

    Sorry, man. That truly, truly, sucks.

    Of course, after they gut your services it will be your fault when the youth of the nation is illiterate and uninformed.

    Or wait, is that me?

    p.s. *smooches* thanks for the kind words on hubby. He is still trucking along like a champ. I done good in the hubby department.

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