State of the States

Funding is an issue in ALL New England States, but grant funds are responsible for the success of projects ranging from getting a toilet put into a small library in VT to hooking up with WebJunction for professional development needs. Representatives from all six New England States were on hand to detail some of their successes:
CT: 80% success rate on database access via IP address, Continuing Education via WebJunction
MA: funding for new library construction/renovation
RI: New chief librarian
VT: $38,000 in grant funding

Jim Retting from ALA spoke about some library trends, such as the graying of the profession and the large percentage of librarians hitting retirement age. He also spoke about how ALA has responded to member requests for advocacy assistance by creating the Advocacy Resource Center.