University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Announces Restoration of Library Budget Cuts
From a Letter/Online Post by J. Christopher Clemens, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Univeristy of North Carolina:
Many of you may recall that the budget for the campus libraries decreased last year as part of the University’s campuswide efforts to address budget challenges. After months of collaboration with several departments and the University Libraries, it is my pleasure to share with you that Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz has restored the $3.7 million cut from libraries’ funding starting in the FY 2022 budget. This $3.7 million is recurring funding and will be recurring funding moving forward.
Important work remains to be done. Inflation in the cost of library materials, specifically the licensing of academic journals, poses an ongoing challenge to university budgets everywhere, including at Carolina, and we are working to address this issue.
We deeply appreciate the dedicated efforts of Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and the University to restore this funding and we look forward to bringing you journals, databases, books and other materials that advance your research, teaching, learning and patient care.
You may have questions about items that were canceled in 2021 and about what happens next. I encourage you to visit our FAQ for more information or to reach out to the liaison librarian for your discipline. Liaisons can provide the status of specific titles and can help you locate and obtain publications you need.
Please know that the University Libraries is here to support you in all your endeavors. We are always eager to learn about your research, teaching, and study at Carolina and how you use library collections, partner with our expert staff or make use of library service and spaces to achieve your goals.
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