Completely agree, Justin. This was exactly one of my questions when I was
on the Maine Library Commission, as I served on the subcommittee (along
with Joyce Rumery, Beth Edmonds, Helen Fogler, and Dick Thompson), that
interviewed and selected candidates when Jamie was hired in 2014.
Having worked in states that do have a mix of state/county funding
(Pennsylvania, and Maryland - often called 'library heaven', or at least 15
years ago it was...), I can attest that it makes a tremendous difference. I
talked to others and Jamie about this several times, and I'm always
surprised that it doesn't come up MORE often. It's a hill to climb, but
Of course, so many of our cities would see state aid as an opportunity to
decrease their funding, but that then becomes a local battle, as at least
the State aid provides continuity and a degree of certainty.
Maine is one of 12 (not sure how accurate that # is anymore) states not
providing direct state aid to public libraries. This map from MBLC seems to
date back to 2017 (according to the site page), but the underlying data
appears to be older. The ALA must track it somehow...
I would love to see the State Librarian take this on as a challenge.
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On Wed, Oct 5, 2022 at 9:02 AM Justin Hoenke <[log in to unmask]>
> 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)
> Library Director
> 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
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> 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
> Please try to make room in your schedule to attend!
> Thank you,
> Marijke Visser (she/her)
> Director, Library Development
> Maine State Library
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