October 31, 2014

University of North Texas Libraries Face Budget Crunch

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From the Denton Record-Chronicle:

The University of North Texas Libraries have been notified that they must absorb an additional $1.7 million in costs annually to pay benefits for library employees, a move that set off a flood of social media complaints and a new “Save the UNT Library” blog.

The viral online response came after Dean of Libraries Martin Halbert spoke to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday and held an open meeting about the cuts on Thursday morning.

Halbert sent an e-mail to all library employees Thursday afternoon saying the $1.7 million in costs would kick in immediately and were retroactive to Sept. 1. He said the costs would likely be deducted from materials purchases.

But Provost Warren Burggren told the Denton Record-Chronicle on Friday that no decision had been made about when the libraries would assume the costs of the employee benefits, and said discussions between the library and budgeting office have not begun. He sent an e-mail Thursday afternoon to the university community.

Much more in the Complete Article

From the NT Daily (Students Newspaper/New Web Site):

Halbert released a statement on Save the UNT Library’s website, saying all discussion is premature and that the provost had just returned from a trip abroad. Halbert will be out of the country until Nov. 30 for a conference.

Save the UNT Library’s Facebook page posted that Halbert said the libraries would absorb the shortfall through cutbacks to materials and purchases and by delaying future hires. All material budget spending was stopped Nov. 14.

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Resources

Direct to Save the UNT Library Blog

Direct to Save the UNT Library Petition (via Change.org)

Direct to Save the UNT Library Blog

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