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With libraries cutting back because of budget problems, what will hurt the most?

As Montgomery's politicians and Excel wizards enter the new year focused on unforgiving budget math, the county's readers are learning more about what ongoing library cuts mean for their local branches and daily routines. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  January 3, 2011; 8:37 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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option 6, nothing libraries should be utilizing paperless technology

Posted by: WhatBubble | January 3, 2011 1:24 PM

Shorter hours.

Like any nonprofit, the bulk of library operating costs are employee-related, not material-related.

Thus "going paperless" makes as much sense as "slashing the pork" in terms of making a real difference in costs. It's just a soundbite.

The only way to make up the difference in real terms is furloughs, layoffs, salary/benefit reductions, etc. This usually results in fewer staff-hours available and therefore shorter operating hours.

Posted by: MiuBot116 | January 5, 2011 9:35 AM

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