The following video of a collections subcommittee of the Task Force on the Future of UT Libraries was record at the U. of Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 and made available on YouTube earlier today.
Four panelists speak to a range of key issues that have already had a profound effect on the libraries, issues that continue to drive the evolution of how faculty and students conduct research and teaching at UT Austin. Perhaps most importantly, we ask what it will take to ensure that UT Austin remains a top Research-I library in both the short term and the long term. Our libraries face immediate and urgent challenges: the library budget has remained flat for nearly a decade while the cost of journal subscriptions has continued to rise annually. This reality has seriously impacted the library’s ability to collect, not only in traditional fields but in emerging fields. As faculty face ever-mounting pressures to publish, it is imperative that they have the support of a top research library. We will be asking the UT community what that support needs to look like to ensure that our libraries remain a campus gem.
This first meeting defines some of the main issues that currently present challenges to maintaining collections for UT Libraries (and all university libraries) and provides some sense of how UT is addressing these challenges.
- Lydia Fletcher (Physical & Mathematical Sciences Librarian, UT Libraries)
- Jonathan Kaplan (Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern Studies)
- Colleen Lyon (Scholarly Communications Librarian, UT Libraries)