Patty Fonesca writes:
Take a look at what Ohio’s public libraries are doing to garner support since we are facing up to 50% funding cuts:
Save Ohio Libraries on Facebook already has over 1,800 members
One library did this to draw attention to the issue: http://www.toledolibrary.org/
One library has a countdown clock: http://new-carlisle.lib.oh.us/
Ohio Library Council is recommending the use of social networking sites: http://www.olc.org/SaveOhioLibraries.asp
Here at the Champaign County Library, we are using Facebook, our website, emails to patrons, etc. Also, a patron is setting up a desk here at the library to assist others in learning about what they can do to help support the library. We are providing contact information for our legislators, talking points, etc. The most effective tool will be if we can use all these methods to get grassroots, heartfelt support from the people who count on us every day.
The propposed cuts announced just last week will be decided by July 1st, so we must use every means possible to preserve funding.