Getting beyond the pain: understanding and dealing with declining library funding

Glen E. Holt (Formerly of St Louis Public Library, St Louis, Missouri, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

Aims to investigate the suggestion that the library‐funding crisis is real and that it is far more serious if one looks at it as a national and international phenomenon.

Design/methodology/approach

Surveys recent library literature to ascertain the current health of library budgets. Specific examples are used.

Findings

The changed focus in funding libraries reflects a change in civic values and institutional approaches to funding. Rather than rely on past strategies that once worked, new initiatives need to be developed.

Originality/value

Suggests five ways in which libraries can position themselves for better funding support in light of current public values.

Keywords

Citation

Holt, G. (2005), "Getting beyond the pain: understanding and dealing with declining library funding", The Bottom Line, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 185-190. https://doi.org/10.1108/08880450510632271

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Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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