A survey of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) shows that 41% of states report decline in funding for public libraries in the US. Resourceshelf blog has details about the survey.
To help libraries raise more money ALA developed a new "Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit"
In times like these, when many Americans have fewer resources, shortening library hours or reducing programs and services hurts those who have the least access to such resources outside the library.This toolkit contains resources and tools, including newsclips, op-eds and statistics to help library supporters make the case for libraries in tough economic times.
With the toolkit, ALA has attached interesting video about increased demand for library services. Take a look.