This is great! Here is what I have asked:
Funding for public libraries in Maine comes from a number of different sources. In the situation where I work, I get a bulk of my funding from a municipal source and then yearly I ask our surrounding towns if they want to continue to support the library. Every year it is a gamble to see which way these surrounding towns will go. There's a lot of uncertainty and worry that this funding will just magically disappear one day when a surrounding town says "no thanks we don't need a library". On top of that, there are many areas in Maine that don't have a "home library" so citizens of Maine are then forced to pay out of pocket to join a library.
One of the ways that this can be fixed is through funding directly from the State Library/State of Maine. We need to work on state library funding that will give everyone in our state access to all of the libraries all around. We need make sure that everyone in Maine can access every library in our state, and we need to make sure that all of our public libraries have stable funding that they can rely on.
My question to you: what are your thoughts on all of this, and do you think that if you are selected as the next State Librarian of Maine that you will devote energy to making this happen?
Justin Hoenke (he/him)
Gardiner Public Library
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Subject: [MELIBS-L] Meet the state librarian candidate via zoom (Oct. 7)
Good morning all,
The Library Commission and search committee for state librarian would like to extend an invitation to the library community to attend a presentation with the first candidate. The presentation will be this Friday (October 7), 2:15-3:15 via Zoom (login ingot below).
If you would like to ask the candidate a question please use this form to submit one in advance of the presentation https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJ6M-CTV7IF9_rJYxwctbKXInDeKDy-43yoUuhdoSNlcV7dQ/viewform. No questions will be taken live on Friday.
This process will be repeated for the second candidate next week and more details on the time and zoom information will be sent out early next week.
Please use this form to provide feedback to the Commission https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEpDXggsNE55PTxCIuSeTV8mnpbOcKDpqDYsLhz_gWsQthNA/viewform.
Please try to make room in your schedule to attend!
Marijke Visser (she/her)
Director, Library Development
Maine State Library
Topic: Candidate presentation
Time: Oct 7, 2022 02:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 890 2563 4737
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