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Acquisition Budget Spending Reduction

Date: September 10, 2007

Contact: Brenda Walsh

Description: Thank you for providing feedback on the list of serials titles proposed for cancellation. Your input has been invaluable in helping us make difficult decisions. We have reduced spending on journals, books, and other information resources by approximately $850,000 for the next two years, $768,000 in books and journals and $82,000 in support areas like bindery and cataloging. This equates to an estimated 870 journals and 5,800 monographs. We have reduced spending because costs for journals, databases and books have continued to increase and the Librariesí Information Access budget has remained flat over the last six years.

For this process, we considered use data, cost increases, overlap among formats and/or content, quality of publications and citation information, as well as alternative means of access for low use materials. We contacted you in May and shared our draft list. Based on your input, we finalized the list below. For some of these titles, we will only be canceling the print subscription, with electronic access still currently available through various databases. Access to most resources will still be available through interlibrary loan.

In spite of these cuts, in FY07 the Libraries used $1.7 million in non-state funding (one-time purchases) to enhance library collections. These alternative funding sources (student fees, gift monies, and auxiliary funds) have provided new electronic information and converted print back files to electronic access. The Libraries committed $300,000 of student fee dollars for FY08 to purchase over 2,700 e-books and to fund a customer-driven e-book collection with access to over 40,000 titles across all disciplines.

The purchase of these new items highlights the Librariesí commitment to aligning collections and services with the evolving academic directions of the University. As the University begins another academic year, the Libraries, too, look forward to continuing our tradition of meeting campus and customer expectations.

If you have further questions, please contact your Library liaison.

For more information, please visit http://www.library.arizona.edu/documents/sst/UABudgetCuts.pdf