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NOVEMBER 2002 Volume 4 Number 4

Book Funds Restored

Working in cooperation with the Office of Policy and Management, the State Library has been able to restore $288,265 in book funds. The budget adjustments passed by the Legislature in June had resulted in an unprecedented 34% cut to the book budget. The magnitude of the reduction became clear as the Library prepared to cancel more than 500 titles. By reallocating some unexpended capitol equipment funds the Office of Policy and Management was able to offset the cut. The book budget is still below its FY02 level and some cancellations are inevitable. However major long-term damage to the collection has been avoided. State Librarian Kendall Wiggin acknowledged that this is only a short-term fix, but one he is very grateful to OPM for.

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