State of the Library Budget, 2011

July 1, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

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:

  • 10% reduction in journals and databases (1,500 journals, 7 databases)
  • 33% reduction in book purchases
  • 22% reduction in library hours (39 hours per week including Parnassus and Mission Bay)
  • 20% reduction in staffing (12.45 FTE)

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:

  • 1.7 million views of the library managed websites
  • 3.2 million views of library-managed and paid-for electronic journals (12% increase)
  • 200,000 e-book visits (11.5% increase)
  • 200,000 database searches (other than PubMed)
  • 3,000 student visits per month to online courses (10% increase)
  • 1,555 online courses hosted (94% increase)
  • 2,100 UCSF students attending classes on research skills
  • 27,000 information/reference transactions
  • 550,000 visits to the Mission Bay/ Parnassus libraries
  • 10,000 views of digitized historical material

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

Karen Butter
University Librarian