Funding for Nebraska’s regional library systems has been limited for a number of years due to reductions in federal LSTA monies and in state general fund monies, as well as rising operations costs. The Commission has appointed a task force to make recommendations to the Commission on how to address this issue, in particular, how the current number of systems might be reduced. The first meeting of the group occurred Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Lexington Public Library.
Rod Wagner appointed the following members to the Regional Library System Configuration Task Force with the charge that it make its recommendations sometime during the first calendar quarter of 2014. Members of the task force are:
Francine Canfield, Baright Public Library, Ralston (representing State Advisory Council)
Deb Carlson, Lied Scottsbluff Public Library (representing State Advisory Council)
Jessica Chamberlain, Norfolk Public Library (representing Northeast Library System)
John Dale, Wayne (representing State Advisory Council)
Gail Formanack, Eastern Library System (representing Eastern Library System)
Denise Harders, Republican Valley Library System (representing Republican Valley Library System)
Vickie Retzlaff, Grant County Library, Hyannis (representing Panhandle Library System)
Kathy Thomsen, Lexington Public Library (representing Meridian Library System)
Dorothy Willis, Pawnee City (representing Southeast Library System)
The task force will continue its work with Rod Wagner and Richard Miller to develop its recommendations.