Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Conclusion

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Conclusion

Article excerpt

When we go through an economic downturn, sacrifices are inevitable. Budgets get cut, funding runs dry, volunteer efforts slow down and jobs are eliminated. For non-profit-driven organizations like libraries, the damaging effects of these cuts can be mitigated by long-term planning, effective budget management, membership in a consortium and most importantly, a creative, open-minded approach that uses employee ingenuity to stretch every dollar to its absolute limit.

While librarians have seen and survived many economic downturns, our current economic crisis poses new challenges. This economic slump, possibly the worst since the Great Depression, is also the first of this magnitude to occur in the Internet age. While the economy has slowed, the rapid development of new Internet technology has not. The technology needs of library patrons keep pace with consumer technology, and while library budgets may fall short, the demand for library technology services grows. …

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