Month: July 2020

Library Budget Reductions Lead to the Cancellation of Resources

The University Libraries’ budget has been reduced by 15% for fiscal year 2021.

The Libraries cannot absorb a cut of this magnitude without reductions in the materials budget. In making these reductions, our priorities are to maintain our OhioLINK commitments and to preserve resources that are geared toward student learning and instructional support. With those priorities in mind, we plan to make the reductions outlined below:

  • Reduce the funds allocated for books and audiovisual materials and buying books and AV materials only on faculty request
  • Reduce the funds allocated for binding, materials preparation, and postage
  • Cancel selected journal and database subscriptions

Unfortunately, database subscriptions must be cancelled immediately because the subscriptions typically run on a fiscal year and providers require a thirty day notice of cancellation.  We have cancelled or will cancel the following databases:

  • Access Medicine
  • ATLA Religion Index
  • BCC Research
  • Birds of North America
  • Cochrane Library
  • CRSP
  • GeoRef
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook
  • OECD iLibrary
  • Refworks
  • RILM
  • UlrichsWeb

Journal cancellation decisions will be made later in August and September. We will attempt to consult with faculty on the journals to be cancelled; however, the magnitude of the cuts to be made this year when combined with the drastic cuts that have already been made due to earlier budget cuts gives us very little room for negotiation. We will increase funding for ILL to help us handle increased requests for articles from cancelled journals.

Jane Wildermuth New Head, Special Collections and Archives

Jane Wildermuth

We are pleased to announce that Jane Wildermuth will be the new Head of the Special Collections and Archives Department in the University Libraries. 

Jane has worked at the University Libraries for 22 years.   Her first seven years were as an Archivist in the Special Collections and Archives Department, providing reference and outreach services, teaching classes in the Public History program, and processing collections.  In 2006 she created and became the Department Head of the brand new Digital Initiatives and Repository Services Department, responsible for maintaining CORE Scholar, the Libraries’ institutional repository (archives for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital materials) and digitizing our historical collections.  In her new role, Jane will combine her experience in both areas as the talented staff and outstanding services of both departments merge under her leadership.

Speaking about this opportunity, Jane said, “I look forward to leading this new department for the University Libraries.  I have been afforded a wonderful opportunity to work with a hardworking and knowledgeable staff.  I am also excited to return to my roots and work with the archival and aviation communities.”

During her tenure at Wright State, Jane has been active in both the archives and the institutional repository communities.  She has served as both President and Treasurer of the Society of Ohio Archivists and currently serves on the Society’s nominating and marketing and communications committees. Since 2014, she has organized Ohio Institutional Repository Day, a semiannual event in Columbus for information professionals who manage online collections of digital material. As the first chair of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Management Committee in 2008, she worked with library professionals throughout the state to develop standards and practices for institutional repositories.  She also implemented the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons and the Digital Commons from bepress at Wright State.

In 2019 Jane was honored for distinguished service by the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO).  She received a TEDDY Award from ALAO’s Technical Electronic and Digital Services Interest Group. The TEDDY Award recognizes significant contributions to the technical, electronic or digital services fields.