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1 Muddle Through or Start from Scratch: Can Economic Crisis Create Deep Change in Research Libraries? The Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series University Libraries of K. U. of Leuven  Leuven, Belgium April 8-10, 2010 Charles B. Lowry, Ph.D. Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries ARL

2 Muddle Through or Start from Scratch?

3 2009 – 2010 FY Budget Budget <5% decrease 5%-10% decrease >10% decrease FlatIncrease One-Year Response* <5% decrease N= % decrease N= >10% decrease N= No cuts N= Total N= *19 institutions responded to only one of the two surveys Comparison of Budget Impact FY and FY Total Responses = 109

4 North American Research Libraries in Fiscal Crisis Increases 21% Flat 11% Reductions 68% N=10 N=62 N=19 Has your library budget income remained flat, had reductions or increases in FY ? Total Responses = 91

5 North American Research Libraries in Fiscal Crisis Budget Change N Range Minimum Range Maximum MeanMedian Decrease %-22.00%-5.00%-4.49% Increase %+6.90%+3.00%+2.59% If your BUDGET experienced a reduction or increase, enter the % net change.

6 Muddle Through or Start from Scratch? Increases 15% Flat 22% Reductions 63% N=20 N=57 N=14 Has your library endowment income remained flat or had reductions/increases in FY ? Total Responses = 91

7 North American Research Libraries in Fiscal Crisis Categories N= N=59 Future N=72 N%N%N% Staffing and/or Operations 3163%3559%3244% Staffing, Operations and/or Acquisitions 1837%2441%4056% Reduction Impact on Budget Categories

8 Muddle Through or Start from Scratch? 11% 38% 51% What is your expectation for future reductions this fiscal year? Total Responses = 90 Planning for further reductions. Have been told there may be more reductions but do not know the magnitude at this time. Do not expect further reductions at this time.

9 Muddle Through or Start from Scratch? Transformational Times/Global Context– Incremental or Fundamental Change? Regional Consortia Bi-Lateral Projects ARL as a Convener

10 Muddle Through or Start from Scratch? Eliminating/Reducing Investment in Routine to Undertake New Work Collection Development Public Services Technical Services

11 Muddle Through or Start from Scratch? Redefining Large-Scale Strategies for Delivering Information Who’s collection is it anyway? New Models of Service Delivery Digitization of Legacy Collections Branch Libraries

12 Muddle Through or Start from Scratch? Multi-Institutional Collaboration Hathi Trust 2CUL Project Google Books Settlement Cooperative Collection Management Trust ARL New Models for Automation

13 Questions? Charles B. Lowry


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