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Effect of Cuts on University Library Purchasing Budgets in FY 2010

In a recent message to the University, President Levin stated, "To accelerate our movement toward budget balance, we are now asking units to achieve this additional 5% reduction in non-salary expenses during the current year." Further cuts, as we know, will be announced for next fiscal year.

The Library has already reduced the number of its staff positions by 10% and reduced the collections purchase budget by 10% for the current fiscal year, FY 2010, in July.

The additional 5% reduction that is now being implemented will result in further journal and database cancellations and decreases in the purchase of books and other materials in print and all media. We will continue to handle these cancellations and purchases judiciously, with the following goals:

• preserving access to highly used unique resources
• minimizing possible impact on research and teaching
• collaborating and cost-sharing with campus partners and with consortia beyond Yale
• supporting campus priorities
• eliminating duplicate purchase of new print materials
• eliminating duplication across print, microform, and electronic formats
• maximizing use of BorrowDirect, interlibrary loan, and proximate library collections
• encouraging preference of electronic versions where it is user-friendly to do so

Faculty input is critical to this process. As we consider changes, we will inform our constituencies about specific cost-cutting strategies that are likely to affect their respective areas. Librarians are working with departments to ensure that information needs are met, making purchases where necessary, and drawing upon our many resources, including document delivery and interlibrary loan. We will continue working, individually and through consortial agreements, to negotiate lower annual increases for online databases and journals purchased in bundled packages.

We know you understand the importance of our need to observe University budget guidelines while maintaining Yale's research collections. We seek guidance and support during this process. If you have any requests or concerns, please contact your library liaison or subject specialist, listed at http://resources.library.yale.edu/online/selectors.asp or Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs.

Yale University Library
November 25, 2009