Due to state budget cuts, the Alabama Department of Archives and History has had to lay off staff and limit its operating hours. Beginning February 1, the archives will no longer be open on Saturdays. Six staff members will be laid off, and five more are leaving “through attrition.”
The agency had already stopped new book purchases and canceled its internship program, which hires and trains students from Alabama colleges. Some public events have been postponed or canceled. As is always the case when the state runs out of funds, some cuts are going to cost extra money in the long run.