July is two-thirds over—in just a little over a month, classes will begin again. Summer is a slower time, or so our gate count would lead you believe. Still there is so much going on. We continue to buy books and journals. The reading rooms remain open, and students and community users are happy to find a quiet, welcoming place to study, read, and collaborate.
The last finishing touches on the new STEPP Learning Cove (on the second floor) are being completed, and the faculty, staff, and students for that program will shortly begin their “boot camp.” It will be wonderful having this dynamic program as one of Joyner Library’s partners in learning. The Teaching Resources Center is coming back together—renovations have added 50 additional seats, more computers, an instruction room, and a new, more visible service desk. I invite you to drop by for a visit soon, and be on the look out for invitations to the opening celebrations for both of these areas.
While we are excited about the new spaces and additional seating, we are also troubled by the drastic cuts that this campus and the Library will be facing this academic year and, unfortunately, for years to come. With permanent cuts amounting to more than 7%, on top of the nearly 20% reductions we have experienced over the last three years, we will have to very carefully examine and evaluate all of our services and resources. Even though our budget is decreasing, inflation, especially for serials and journals, has not abated, and we will need to begin cutting or eliminating journal titles, if not this year, then almost certainly in the following. We will be asking the entire campus to participate in this conversation, because Joyner Library is your library—the students and faculty of ECU.