November 29, 2020

Ball State University’s Bracken Library Faces Faculty Concerns Over Budget

From the The Star Press (Muncie):

Ball State University faculty are urging the administration to rescue the main campus library, Bracken Library, from what they describe as a “financial crisis” that “needs to be addressed fast.”

The administration says the library’s budget is not in a crisis.

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“The library’s budget has been flat for over a decade, which has put Ball State at considerable disadvantage compared to peer institutions, and has compromised faculty’s ability to keep their courses rigorous and to conduct research,” Yaron Ayalon, Faculty Council chair, told The Star Press.

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The Faculty Council this month unanimously adopted a resolution urging the administration to increase the library’s annual expenditure on library materials — which it said has had no permanent budget increase since 2003-04.

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Ball State spokeswoman Kathy Wolf told The Star Press: “The request for an increase in funding for the library will be considered, along with all other requests for new funding, in the budget development for fiscal year 2019-20.”

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