Scholarly Resources: Process

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Process and timeline

Goal

Achieve a sustainable budget that supports research and teaching at UCB, in the face of current budget reductions, ever-increasing costs, and the campus need for new types of materials. Fairly distribute cuts among disciplines. 

Context

We will seek ways to meet our new campus-mandated budget target by a) seeking new sources of funding, and b) reducing expenditures on scholarly resources. We are reviewing vendor discount agreements; renegotiating Berkeley's UC consortial cost-shares and commitments; engaging in regional, national, and international partnerships to facilitate broad access to, and effective stewardship of library resources; discontinuing some subscriptions; and reduced spending for monographs. 

Timeline

May - September 2017: Library management develops goals, principles, and rationale for assigning cut targets among The Bancroft Library, and the subject specialty libraries for the Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Life and Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and East Asia.

October - January 2017: UL MacKie-Mason advises campus leadership. Library selectors are provided support as they create plans to meet their group targets. Serials being considered for cancellation will be identified after careful, evidence-based balancing of need and costs. Proposed lists of cancellations will be cross-reviewed for interdisciplinary needs.

February - mid-March 2018: Faculty are asked to review and provide feedback to subject librarians on proposed cancellations.

mid-March 2018 - May 15: Cancellation lists will be finalized.

June 1: Plans will be implemented.