Gov. Ed Rendell has announced that he is eliminating most state library positions, according to a story in the Central PA News. Fifty of the library's 57 positions would be eliminated, with one person transferred elsewhere in the state Department of Education, which oversees the library.
That would leave a staff of six, presumably to maintain public access to the facility, which the administration has wants to "try" to keep open. The library budget will be cut in half. The State Library houses an extensive general and legal reference collection and is perhaps the state's leading repository of Pennsylvania and U.S. government reports, from election results to postings of salaries of all state employees. It also contains a state-of-the-art rare-books room that preserves a collection of books and newspapers started by Benjamin Franklin.
hat tip: Brian Hare