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
- Mental Measurements Yearbook
- OECD iLibrary
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.