One of the less noticed effects of the current recession on libraries has been the cutting of educational benefits. Our consortia has been amazing at offering varous continuing education workshops for member libraries, but they’re having to cut back on what they can offer. This is partly due to their own budget situation, but also fewer and fewer people have been able to get our of their libraries to attend.
This is tragic, but it’s also something that’s incredibly hard to campaign for. Our services have to come first, as is only right, but it’s still a problem when one of the best means of improving those services is taken away. And beyond that, we are a part of a community of libraries, and attending various events outside of our own buildings is the best means of networking with others in that community.
Everyone loses, but normally no one knows that there’s anything wrong.