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Spaces, Relocation, and Subject Synergies When A Subject Library Closes

Jill Powell, [email protected]

Cornell University

ASEE National Conference, Louisville, June 22, 2010


Spaces, Relocation, and Subject Synergies When A Subject LibraryiesCloses Change

Jill Powell, [email protected]

Cornell University

ASEE National Conference, Louisville, June 22, 2010


Outline

  • Why changes to subject libraries?

  • Which ones?

  • Process


Why?

  • Financial crisis 2008

  • Lower endowment payouts (14%)

  • High prices for serials causes underfunding for other needed resources

  • Drop in ARL rankings for collections

  • Library Budget reductions – $1.7 million year 1; $1.1 million year 2

  • Strategic Plan focused on collections & selectors

  • Provost issued directives for committees


Slide from Leah Solla, Chemistry Librarian,

Cornell University, 2009


Which Libraries?

  • Those with most online collections

  • Those not required by accreditation

  • Those browsed/used the least in print

  • Those likely to fall together in a cluster

  • Those with aging buildings


Cornell University Libraries


Action Generating Revenue, Space

  • 100,000 Duplicate Books in Social Sciences and Humanities Sold to Tsinghua University, China for $895,000


Actions Generating Revenue or Saving Money

  • Amazon print on demand - $100,000

  • Closing subject libraries allow for some funding to go back to materials budget

  • ArXiv –financial support from 55 institutions

  • Collaboration with Columbia – sharing selector for Slavic studies


Process

  • Committee of stakeholders (faculty, students, librarians) to draft recommendations.

  • Library Board, Deans, University Librarian, Provost make decision

  • Communication and Response

  • Schedule for implementation


Implementation – Engineering Library

  • Librarians and services (collection development, reference, instruction, web presence) to remain

  • Study hall/computer lab to remain open 24/7

  • Run circulation reports – where to distribute collection

    • Reserves and reference collections

  • Convert as many journals to online as possible

    • Display/discard

    • Membership ID login

    • Print for small number; rest electronic


How to Distribute Books…


eBooks & Reference Collection

  • Publisher packages

    • Springer

    • Knovel, Morgan & Claypool

    • Safari Books; Books24x7

  • Patron/User driven Plan

    • E-book records from profiled publishers loaded into library catalog

    • 2nd session of use past TOC purchases the book

    • Some publishers delayelectronic version


Patron Driven eBook from Catalog


Website Enhancements


Customized Searching Features


Librarians’ Changing Role in New Environment

  • Collection Management

  • Reference

  • Instruction

  • Outreach

“Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine.”

- Robert C. Gallagher

Staubbach Falls, Switzerland, www.icteachers.co.uk


Questions?

Jill Powell, [email protected]

Cornell University


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