SPARC/ACRL Forum

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SPARC/ACRL Forum

  1. 1. “ The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be” so “ When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It.” SPARC-ACRL Forum July 11, 2009  Chicago, IL Charles B. Lowry Ph.D. Executive Director Association of Research Libraries ARL www.arl.org
  2. 2. The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be Transformational Times
  3. 3. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey
  4. 4. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey Has your library already experienced base budget reductions/take-backs in FY 2008-2009? Yes 55% No 45%
  5. 5. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey Do you expect reductions later? Yes No 40% 60% Yes No 18% 82% Already experienced budget reductions No budget reductions N=22 N=33 N=8 N=36
  6. 6. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey What was the percent impact on the total budget reductions/take-backs? Minimum .04% Maximum 10% Standard Deviation .0227
  7. 7. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey Indicate the percentage impact on Staffing, Other Operations, and Acquisitions: Staffing Only 31% Operations Only 16% N=15 N=8 N=2 N=8 N=5 N=3 N=8 Acquisitions Only 4% Staffing & Operations 16% Staffing & Acquisitions 10% Operations & Acquisitions 6% All Three 16%
  8. 8. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey Indicate which of the following staffing modifications have been required. Check all that apply. Hiring Freezes 68% Eliminate Vacant Positions 58% Staff Layoffs 12% Early Retirement Program 12% Staff Furlough(s) 4% Give backs of salaries* 4% Salary Reductions 2% Other 20% *as charitable contributions to the university N=34 N=29 N=6 N=6 N=2 N=2 N=1 N=10
  9. 9. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey 2009 – 2010 Budget Planning Expect Increase 11% Do not know at this time 9% Reductions expected 69% N=7 N=9 N=9 N=56 Expect a Flat Budget 11%
  10. 10. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey Expected Reductions: Of the 69% expecting budget reductions: Don’t know amount to expect 20% 2 to >5% reduction expected 25% 5 to 10% reduction expected 50% N=11 N=14 N=28 N=3 <10% reduction expected 5%
  11. 11. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey Best Date for Second Survey: 3% later 2010 4% November-January 41% July - October 52% May - June
  12. 12. The Current Fiscal Landscape of Research Libraries: Report on the ARL Survey
  13. 13. Collaboration Transformational Times
  14. 14. Integrating Digital Scholarly Resources are good AND libraries must also continue to play their traditional role of planning for preservation and archiving. Adapting the Research Library Mission
  15. 15. Questions? Charles B. Lowry [email_address]

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