ARL Budget Roundup: Large Academic Libraries Face Cuts in Collections, Staff, Hours

Source: Norman Oder, Library Journal, April 30, 2009

* Endowment losses, budget pressure
* Materials costs go up anyhow
* One library vice-chancellor position gone

A variety of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are experiencing or facing budget cuts, and as Charles Bailey, publisher of Digital Scholarship, noted in DigitalKoans (which pointed LJ to most of this), that suggests that other cuts are widespread.

Libraries are freezing open positions, cutting back on travel and other expenses, and, most painfully, implementing or considering cuts in the collections budget, which, even if static, would be strained by rising costs. (See LJ’s Periodicals Price Survey, 4/15/09.)

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