Local Government Reform Report Calls For Consolidating Libraries

The blue-ribbon commission recommends the consolidation of all library districts into county-based systems.

A wide-reaching set of recommendations issued Tuesday by the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform calls for the consolidation of a number of public institutions, including libraries. The blue-ribbon commission appointed by Governor Daniels recommends the consolidation of all library districts into county-based systems. Interim director of the Monroe County Public Library Sara Laughlin says that recommendation would be moot in Monroe County.

The report, titled “Streamlining Local Government: We’ve got to stop governing like this,” indicates that 400,000 Hoosiers in 38 counties currently live outside a library district. Laughlin, who is past president of the Indiana Library Federation, says she anticipates many smaller library districts will resist the change.

Laughlin says many smaller districts enjoy the ability to make their own decisions. She says smaller libraries have a hard time meeting standards because of limited budgets, but she adds county-wide consolidation could help smaller libraries that are plagued by poor building conditions and inadequate technology.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook