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July 1, 2011
The state budget signed by the Governor of California imposes a $650 million cut to the University of California for the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year. To prepare for the ongoing downturn in the state economy, the campus has asked the Library to plan for its share of the reduction.
Combined with the FY11/12 cuts, the proposed cuts will account for an overall $1,699,499 (36 %) reduction in state support for UCSF Library operations over the past 4 years.
Working with the Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communications, we have taken the following steps to meet this reduction:
At the same time we are faced with significant use of our digital and physical spaces. During the past year, we have seen the following use of Library-provided resources:
We understand the budget issues facing the University are ongoing. At the same time the Library is working to maintain essential services and resources within the funding constraints and to maximize its flexibility to address budget cuts. Over the next year the UCSF Library staff will focus their efforts on how best to serve the UCSF community with significantly reduced resources.
We encourage faculty comments about the impact of these reductions on your work and practice and welcome suggestions for optimizing services under current fiscal constraints.
Please post your comments to this website or email either of us directly.
Lee Ann Baxter-Lowe
Chair, Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communications