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Scholarly Resources: Collections Budget Reduction

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University Librarian Jeff MacKie-Mason

University Librarian
Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

We welcome your comments:
scholarly-resources@lists.berkeley.edu

Colleagues,

As we alerted you in October 2017, The University Library, like all units across campus, faces a sizable cut in budget for fiscal year beginning in 2017-18. To meet this target we set Library targets for salary savings (through retirement, open positions, or positions moved to one-time strategic gift funds), operational savings, and a $1.5 million reduction in expenditures to purchase or license scholarly resources.

Providing access to scholarly resources is one of the Library’s core services. We are a public good that benefits the entire Berkeley community—connecting researchers with materials, regardless of discipline, department, or school—so a cut this large affects us all. We adopted a temporary strategy for fiscal year 2018 to give us time to plan a more permanent approach and to share and discuss it with campus . Plans and lists went out February 6 and discussions continued through mid-April. Results of this planning process are now available and being implemented. I'd like to thank all of you who took the time to send us your comments. See Reductions for facts and lists, and Questions.

As always, our mission is to serve, so we regularly invite input from faculty, students, Library staff, and other campus stakeholders.  If you have comments you would like to share, please send them to scholarly-resources@lists.berkeley.edu.

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason
University Librarian
Chief Digital Scholarship Officer
Professor, School of Information and Professor of Economics

What are scholarly resources?

Scholarly resources are materials that are needed by UC Berkeley faculty and students including but not limited to books, journals, archives, audio and visual recordings, data files, databases, and other collections in either print or digital format.