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CAIS - UNIMAS Institutional Repository
By
KORINA IBRAHIM
CAIS
UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SARAWAK
Budget Cuts
The act of reducing budgeted
expenditures
– Online Dictionary
• libraries are cutting on book budgets
• canceling serials subscriptions
• and letting go of databases
Budget cuts weaken libraries’
purchasing power
Staff cuts
“The quality of a library
rests not only on the quality
of its collections but on the
expertise of its staff. A staff
reduced both in numbers
and in its average level of
experience contributes to
decline of service quality”
- Leon Litwack
Chair
Committee on Library
Academic Senate,
1996-97.
Decline of overall service quality
•reduced hours of opening in main library
•reduced hours in branches
•reduced hours at service points
•reduced the number of rostered service points
•reduced research/reference support to faculties
•reduced reader education
•using technicians instead of professionals
•no longer displaying new journals
•put cap on free interlibrary loans, then introduce
charges
•introducing charges for interlibrary loans
•closing branch libraries and merging into main
library
• increasing interlibrary loan charges to
users
• increasing interlibrary loan charges to
other libraries
• selling online services to borrowers
• providing services to other institutions
• increasing fee-based services to
outside users
• charging for database prints
• charging for training (for example for
Information Technology training
Raising income targets !
Malaysian Situation
Deal with it !!!
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CAIS
•Prepare for cuts before they happen
•Making cuts to the collection budget
•Continue developing for the future
Draw Principles and Reductions Strategies
Have a
collection plan
in place
Know how the collection reflects the library’s purpose and policy
- identifies strengths and weaknesses of the collections.
-demonstrates that funds are being spent wisely
-collections meet the university’s teaching, learning and research
information needs
Book Collection Review
Usage Statistics
Collection Mapping
Program Mapping
Collection Analysis
Collection
Development
Plan
Principles and Reductions Strategies
Incorporate
feedback
from F/I/C,
staff, and students
metrics in
making
cancellation
decisions
Reduce
monograph
purchases
Reductions
retain as
much "unique"
content
Cancel
serials
subscriptions
Evaluate
indexing/abstracting
services and
database content
Eliminate
overlapping
content
Printed Matl
Printed Ser
eSerials
Online DB
Media
eBooks
Which of these budget categories is our #1 priority?
Developing a Strategy for making Cuts
• Who will make the decision?
• What type of cuts will be made?
• Decide on a process!
• Communicate the rationale!
Nature of the cuts
• One time
• Short term
• Long term
•Prepare for the future of library services
•Choose between print or electronic resources
•Develop an organizational structure and staffing plan that
will guide the Library for the next five years
•Identify additional opportunities for efficiencies in existing
workflows.
-Dr. Michael Stephens
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of
Library and Information Science
Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois.
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