Information has now been posted online about the bill that
would require counties to study the possible consolidation of libraries.
S.B. 348, authored by Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield, would
establish a planning committee in each county to prepare a library services
plan. Each committee would be required to implement one of the following
models for libraries in their counties: A consolidated countywide library
sytem, a consolidated system of two or more counties, two or more
independently governed library systems in the county, or two other options
dealing with a multiple county alliance or federation of independently
governed library systems.
The Indiana State Library would help the counties prepare and
implement the plans. The committees would be required to conduct public
hearings on their plans, and the
plans would have to be submitted to the State Library
by July, 2010. If a committee would fail to adopt a plan, the state
would adopt one for the county. The State Library would also have to give
its approval to each plan before it is implemented.
The bill, which was discussed at last week’s meeting of the
westchester Public Library Board, has been referred to the Senate Committee
on Local Government. As of this morning, no date had been posted as to when
the bill will be heard in committee.
The information about the bill is available at