- The number of residents with a borrower's card increased 23% since 2006.
- Use of the Library's website increased 44% in the same time.
We all know that the world has changed since 2006-- one of the worst financial crises in 80 years took hold of everyone's budgets and still has a tight grip four years later.
As a result, the Library tightened their belt since 2006.
- staff salaries decreased 4%;
- the number of staff decreased 11%; and
- Dollars spent on materials (books, DVDs, and CDs) decreased 27%.
So why have the Library's total operating expenditures increased by 9% between 2006-11? If libraries are about people, information, books and DVDs, then why the increase in expenditures?
It turns out that the Library's operating budget is part of a much larger budget-- the City of Jacksonville's. Between 2006-11, the City of Jacksonville increased the costs that it charged the Library for services such as running its website (no more card catalogs-- just the web!).
For example, the Library is charged for all the services that the Public Buildings Division provides. So, 21 buildings, lots of maintenance-- right?
The amount the City charged the Library for "Indirect Cost Allocations" increased 193%. That's an increase.
Find out what is happening to your Library and why-- Come to the first meeting of Check It Out: Independent Library Funding.