Alaska: New Data Shows Impact of Budget Cuts at the Univ. of Alaska Anchorage/Alaska Pacific Univ. Consortium Library
From The Northern Light:
Data from the UAA/APU [University of Alaska Anchorage/Alaska Pacific University] Consortium Library faculty and graduate student survey shows that the library is not meeting minimum expectations of the library in several areas. The undergraduate student survey showed that students felt their minimum expectations were being met.
“That to me is an unfortunate result, but it is exactly the result we were going to predict after cutting the library’s budget for three years,” Stephen Rollins, dean of the Consortium Library, said.
Cuts to the library budget have impacted staff positions and online offerings from the library. In fiscal year 2015, the library budget was cut by over $400,000. This was followed by steeper cuts in FY16 and FY17 of $602,423 and $741,320 respectively, according to the Consortium Library website. For FY18 the library faced a smaller reduction of $80,471.
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