Wednesday, June 23, 2010

In South Carolina, Advocacy Overturns Governor's Library Vetoes

photo of old booksBy Norman Oder Jun 22, 2010 (Library Journal)

In less than a week, South Carolina library advocates and their allies not only got Governor Mark Sanford's veto of state aid to libraries overturned, but did so at margins State Library Director David Goble told LJ were greater than any other override vote--thanks to legislators' recognition that library Internet access is a key to the economic recovery.

Last week, Sanford vetoed $4,653,933 in state aid to public libraries and $1,172,758 in stimulus funds to public libraries, a decision that "is immediately catastrophic to the citizens who use our public libraries," Goble warned. Librarians and advocates got on the phone and the computer, contacting their legislators via the state's version of CapWiz, an application provided by the American Library Association.

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