As Chancellor Ballard expressed in the State of the University address, these next couple years will be difficult. The University could be facing cuts of as much as 20%. What will this mean for Joyner Library and Academic Library Services? We have no crystal ball to reveal what the future portends, but all of us in Joyner are working to ensure continuity of service and the availability of materials and resources despite potentially painful budget cuts.
We will possibly have to reduce the number of books, databases and journals that we receive or provide to our students and users. In the months ahead we will use our time to do that in a thoughtful, collaborative, and data driven process. Our Collection Development and Acquisitions librarians will carefully analyze usage and cost per use statistics before recommending any journal or database cancellations. Faculty will be consulted before cancellations are made. We will almost certainly buy fewer monographs next year, but we also promise to do our utmost to obtain the books that faculty specifically request.
Libraries within the UNC system have always cooperated, and ECU Library users have benefitted from this cooperation. The combined collections of the 17 UNC schools represent an invaluable and unmatched resource for research and study. Our Inter-Library Loan Department can often obtain a copy of a journal article within hours of the request and a book in two or three days. You can count on that excellent service continuing. Our first line of defense will always be communication, so I urge you to contact me or our Assistant Director for Collections and Technical Services, Eleanor Cook, if you have any questions.
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January 20, 2011. Joyner Library Hosts Inaugural Program Honoring ECU Faculty Authors