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Hours Change at the Dallas Public Library

I just received the following notice from Carol Roark, the Manager of Special Collections (Texas/Dallas History, Genealogy and Fine Books) at the Dallas Public Library. They’ve had a change in hours. I note that the hours aren’t all that long any more. The last time I was in Dallas, I remember researching into the evening […]

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State Historical Society of Missouri Hours & Services Cut – Missouri History Speakers’ Bureau Discontinued

The following announcement has been posted by the State Historical Society of Missouri: Due to a 25 percent withholding in its fiscal year 2010 state appropriation, the State Historical Society of Missouri is decreasing its hours open to the public to Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m., effective immediately. The Society will no longer be […]

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Massachusetts State Library May Close to Save $

The Massachusetts Governor’s Office announced at a press conference on Thursday, October 29 that Governor Patrick is considering closing the State Library of Massachusetts as a cost-saving measure. Open to the public since 1826, the State Library has developed comprehensive collections in the areas of government documents, law, Massachusetts history, and public and current affairs. […]

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The Victoria (B.C.) Genealogical Society Loses Their $17,000 Annual Grant

The following teaser is from an article in the November 3, 2009 edition of the Victoria News, about the loss of a $17,000 annual grant by the Victoria Genealogical Society. It’s feared that their library may be in serious trouble without the cash… And when a library closes, Heather Jones says everybody’s stories go with […]

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Shortened Hours at the T. Elmer Cox Library

The recession continues to take it’s toll on genealogy research facilities. The hours at the popular T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library in Greeneville, Tennessee have been shortened by almost half. The T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library, which has been temporarily closed since Oct. 12, plans to re-open on Wednesday, Oct. 28, […]

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Update on the Library of Michigan Petition

The following was received from the Federation of Genealogical Societies: Within the genealogical community, the Library of Michigan has long been recognized as one of the premier state libraries in the country. The cohesive Library of Michigan collection with over 180 years of Michigan history, literature and culture records and reflects the lives of not […]

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Hands Around the Library Rally Held at the Library of Michigan

Check out the article, pictures and video about the “Hands Around the Library” Rally at the Library of Michigan. I found the following paragraph enlightening: Unfortunately Governor Granholm was not in her office that day. While we were there trying to convince her to continue to spend the $2 million on the library, she was […]

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Rally to be Held at the Library of Michigan August 5

As I have blogged before, the Library of Michigan is scheduled to “go away,” and supposedly save the state a lot of money… Genealogists aren’t taking this lying down – and a rally in support of the library is scheduled for August 5. See the following info. from Shirley Hodges. If you live in Michigan […]

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Michigan Governor Eliminates the Michigan State Library

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has signed an executive order eliminating the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and thus cutting about $2 million in associated, annual costs from the 2010 budget. The order includes the following changes: • The Library of Michigan and state librarian will transfer to the Department of Education – eliminating […]

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So Sad to See Sam Weller’s Bookstore Go…

As I blogged a while back, venerable Sam Weller’s Bookstore in downtown Salt Lake City has announced that they will be closing the Main St. bookstore at some time in the near future – and moving to an undisclosed location where they can be more competitive the Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon.com… Competition and […]

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The Connecticut State Library has 15 Staff Members Taking Early Retirement

David Lambert just Twittered that the Connecticut State Library has fifteen staff members taking early retirement including the Archivist. I wonder how this will effect library services? According to recent news reports, Connecticut is struggling with budget cuts that heavily impact it’s library systems.

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Shall We Cut the Budget for the Genealogy Library?

Budgets are tight and cuts are being made. The genealogy library in Edgefield, South Carolina has come under the budget microscope. The following excerpt is from a much longer article on the county council meeting gives some idea of the tight cash situation cities are dealing with. Edgefield, SC—Edgefield County employees may soon have to […]

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The Historical Collection of the Bridgeport Connecticut Library to Have Hours Cut to 3 days Per Week

BRIDGEPORT [Connecticut] — A tight budget is forcing one of the best-known departments of the Bridgeport Public Library to be partially shelved. After July 1, patrons of the library system’s main Burroughs and Saden Library will have only three days a week to use the Historical Collection. The Library Board, under budgetary pressure, has pared […]

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Minnesota Historical Society to Cut Staff & Hours

According to reports, nearly half the Minnesota Historical Society staff might be laid off or see their hours cut this summer. State funding cuts of about $2.8 million in each of the next two years – along with what will most likely be a 2 million dollar per year drop in charitable giving, book sales […]

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Municipal Bonds Have a NEGATIVE Outlook According to Moody’s

The New York Times is reporting that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a negative outlook to the creditworthiness of all local governments in the United States. Folks, this is first time this has ever happened. Now what’s that got to do with genealogy? I believe that it may have a lot to do with our […]

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