January 19, 2022

Budget Reduction: University of Washington Libraries Posts Update on Subscription Review Process

From the U. of Washington Libraries:

Given the pre-COVID budget shortfall and a 4.6% budget reduction to UW Libraries, the Libraries has been actively reviewing subscriptions in response to the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget allocations. At this time, the Libraries has the ability to cover most of the budget reductions by using one-time endowment funds; however in order to meet the difference, we have an initial cancellation target of $125,000 in database and e-journal subscriptions for this fiscal year 2020-2021.

With the intention to be transparent with our budget and decision-making process, we are posting a list of planned cancellations at Research Guides: Database Subscription Review 2020-2021.


In anticipation of a flat or decreased budget for next fiscal year 2021-2022, we are beginning planning for a secondary subscription review for the Spring 2021.

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