Our last post about Saving Ohio Libraries caught the attention of library directors both in and out of Ohio. Carl A. Antonucci, Jr., Director of Library Services at Capital Community College in Connecticut contacted us about the budget cuts in his state as well. An article posted on the Connecticut Library Consortium web site, “when […]
Ohio libraries are on the offensive to save a proposed 50% budget cut by Governor Ted Strickland. According to a June 22, 2009 article in Library Journal, Governor Strickland is trying to close a $3.2 billion gap in the state’s budget by June 30, and financial support for libraries is on the chopping block. Suzanne […]
Jennifer Hinton, one of our amazing client services representatives, is excited to help the Dallas Public Library launch their new Teen Centers on 6/16 at the Dallas West Library. The new Teen Centers are made possible through a $500,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation. The grant funds laptops, materials, digital cameras, workshops and programs all for teens. Each Teen Center also features Tutor.com’s Live Homework Help® service to help kids connect to a tutor whenever they get stuck. Jen will take some pictures at the event and we’ll post them next week.
Last Friday I had the privilege of participating on a panel on the topic of Selling Yourself: Marketing Online Resources at the Connecticut Library Association’s annual meeting in New Haven. I presented along with two dynamic women in Connecticut’s library world, Mary Hogan, director of the Miranda Creative.
Tutor.com has been closely following the developments with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) since it was first announced. The amount of information now available about ARRA is overwhelming. To help libraries navigate through the legislation, we hosted a webinar last week featuring Mark Schneiderman, Senior Director of Education Policy for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Anna Kimsey, Senior Associate at Dutko Worldwide’s education practice, and Ronald Tomalis, former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education.
You know the stats. Library usage is up. Way up. According to a recent New York Times article libraries across the nation are seeing 10-30% more patrons over last year. The reason of course is the dismal economy. Libraries are answering this call with innovative and timely programs even as their own budgets are cut. Here’s a few that we think deserve special attention.