Dr Sue Anderson, President, Oral History Australia, has issued an urgent appeal to all historians to protest against the Government cuts to the budget of the State Library of South Australia
The South Australian State Library is facing a $1.87 million reduction in funding over the next year and this is a massive hit to its already depleted budget. This latest budget cut is in addition to more than a decade of major reductions in staff and finances. All of these poor decisions have reduced services and opportunities to the South Australian (and wider Australian) community.
Thirty five positions will be lost if these cuts are implemented and this is in addition to numerous part-time and casual positions that have already been shed. It is obvious, despite the rhetoric coming from government spokespersons that the sustainability and services of the library will be compromised.
State Libraries are about more than books. They are about preserving stories of Australians. These cuts come at a time when more and more people require Library services. Just one example is the enormous pressure on the Library and staff to make the archives accessible for such events as the commemoration of World War 1.
I urge all oral historians to protest these cuts. Please join the Oral History Australia South Australian/NT petition: Minister for Arts Jack Snelling http://www.premier.sa.gov.au/ministers/jack-snelling-mp: STOP CUTS TO OUR SOUTH AUSTRALIAN STATE LIBRARY
Dr. Sue Anderson
Oral History Australia