The Impact of Library Funding Cuts at North Carolina State University
When Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, Susan Nutter, chose to work at N.C. State instead of UNC-Chapel Hill or Duke, she did so because she saw a library system that had potential to “lead the state.”
However, after 14 years and more than $7 million in budget cuts to the University’s library system, Nutter said a lack of funding could have a devastating effect on that goal.
NCSU Libraries was forced to reduce its budget this year by almost 5 percent, or $1.3 million, due to state-appropriated cuts handed down by the state legislature.
As a result, the department eliminated 14 vacant positions, as well as 13 filled positions. There was also a $23,600 cut to NC LIVE, a service that provides online access to books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
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The article goes on to discuss the possibility of reducing library hours at the D.H. Hill or the James B. Hunt library (or both) in 2015.
See Also: Editorial: Campus Forum: What Would You Cut From NCSU Libraries? (via The Technician)
See also: North Carolina State University: “NCSU Libraries Faces Budget Cuts, Difficult Choices” (November 1, 2013)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.