Libraries face disconnection

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By Raissa Tetanish

The Record

SPRINGHILL The chief librarian in Cumberland County is concerned about what might happen if the province decides to cut its Internet funding for regional libraries.

But Beth Clinton said the Cumberland Regional Library is always prepared.

We never know whats coming in terms of funding, so were always prepared for what may happen, said Clinton .

The province recently told all public libraries it is considering pulling its funding for Internet service.

That service isnt just for people using the public computers. Its also used for our circulation and cataloguing and we cant really do without those services if the funding is cut, she said.

With seven branches throughout the county, the Cumberland Regional Library spends $20,772 on connectivity services.

The Cumberland Regional Library has been using the automated services since September 2000.

Though Clinton said shes concerned about this funding announcement, she said it hasnt been confirmed.

She also said shes concerned about funding in general.

If they cut this funding, its an added burden for us. If the government doesnt give us adequate funding to make up for this, that funding has to come from somewhere else, she said.

It's going to come through service cuts.

The province is also thinking about cutting its funding for travel costs for chief librarians.

Clinton said there are usually two meetings per year for chief librarians throughout the province, and that they are sometimes two-day meetings.

Most of the time they are held in Halifax, which is the most central location.

We get together to work on things such as reciprocal agreements and services, like our downloadable audio program, Clinton noted.

If the travel expenses are cut, Clinton said thats just one more thing to worry about.

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Library

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Halifax

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