Discussion of library budget requests for 2022
Departmental budget requests will be due in August. For capital outlay items we are considering the following requests:
Computer hardware: $3,000 -- This will allow for purchasing four computers per year on a seven-year replacement cycle.
AudioVisual: $14,000 -- This is the same amount as the current year. This pays for physical A/V items such as movies and audio books.
Books: $45,300 -- We are requesting the same amount as the current year. This is for physical print books for all age groups.
Furniture & Equipment: $26,000 -- This amount is for end panels for our shelving ($23,000). Having end panels on our shelves provides a much more finished appearance, and is the standard in libraries. We also are requesting $3,000 for three new outdoor benches so patrons can sit outside and utilize our Wi-Fi.
For Current Expenses we plan to request increases in a few accounts based on need and usage. We are requesting $1,080 for Workstudy, $500 increase for Travel & Conferences, $1,850 increase for eBooks/eAudioBooks, $1,140 more for Databases to cover Newspaper Archive, $2,000 for Supplies & Materials.
For Salaries we plan to request $10,500 for Part-time Employees to get us back closer to previous funding levels.