Collections Budget Update
The UAlberta Library is committed to keeping our campus community and colleagues updated on changes to the collections budget in light of the post-secondary funding changes from the provincial government, as well as the impact this will have on the resources to which we provide access. The permanent reduction to collections base budget funding for this fiscal year is 12.5% which amounts to approximately $3 million.
The Collection Strategies Unit (CSU) is prioritizing changes that will permit the greatest retention of unique material so as to minimize impact.
Last fall, the following measures were implemented to help us manage the collections budget in the longer term:
- eliminating duplication of print books whenever possible, either against e-books or multiple copies of print. The Library has been e-preferred since 2013. We will follow current Guidelines to determine cases where exceptions will be permitted. The exception to this change is books that are part of the textbook lending program, print purchases for which will resume when campus reopens.
- eliminating duplication of print journals whenever possible, either against e-journals or multiple copies of print across unit libraries.
- restricting new subscriptions and large one-time purchases (eg. digital archives)
The next phase for FY 2021 will involve reviewing various categories of ongoing expenditures (e.g., databases, e-journal and e-book packages, remaining print journals) and making cancellation decisions based on data and consultation. We will also reduce the number of print books purchased by the library.
None of these measures are absolute as there are always specific circumstances to consider, but these points will guide our general direction going forward.
You can expect to hear more about changes to the collection here in the upcoming months. As reductions continue, consultation with faculty may be undertaken to inform more difficult decisions. Your feedback is always welcome and will be taken into consideration.
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