As part of budget reductions in the Division of Academic Affairs for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Joyner Library’s collection budgets were cut by $725,077.
Implementing reductions of this magnitude is challenging, especially considering the severe reductions the Library made just two years ago, which resulted in reduced book purchases and cancellations of journals and databases in all subject areas. See Budget Information for 2009-2010. Subject librarians have sought and will continue to seek feedback from departmental faculty and other members of the ECU community as we evaluate resources and make cancellation decisions. Cancellation lists and other relevant information have been posted to the Collection Development Web page and linked below. We will continue to provide careful stewardship to our resources in the event that we face additional limitations. We appreciate your understanding as we, along with our colleagues at Laupus Library, make difficult decisions on behalf of the University.
In consideration of the prior cuts made to the book budgets, we strive to hold those budgets at last year’s levels. What that means is that all further reductions must be made at the expense of electronic resources and serials. During this period of constraint, we will:
Continue to evaluate indexing/abstracting services and database content for overlap, usability, and current need;
To the greatest extent possible, eliminate overlapping content both within our databases and across formats;
Strive to retain as much "unique" content as possible and try to provide alternative access for materials we are no longer able to provide locally;
Consider appropriate metrics in making cancellation decisions, including: usage statistics, cost ratios, citation practices, impact factors, etc.;
Incorporate feedback from faculty, staff, and students concerning the relative importance of resources in their areas; and
Work with our colleagues at Laupus Library to ensure that the needs of the entire campus are considered, particularly where expenditures from the Virtual Library @ ECU budget line are involved.