Welcome Letter

Brian E. C. Schottlaender

Welcome to the Winter 2011 issue of Domain. In this issue, we are pleased to introduce you to some fascinating people, including collectors Barbara Luce and Ben Evers, and J.R. Bachman, a recipient of our Undergraduate Research Prize. Last month, several friends and supporters joined us for a fantastic trip to visit the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. We have a recap of the trip and some photos to share with you. Thanks to those of you who were able to join us.

On a more challenging note, the Libraries have been told to prepare for significant budget cuts in the next year, due to the State's continuing fiscal crisis. The campus is expecting a cut in the vicinity of $60 million and the Libraries, which have already had to absorb some $5 million in cuts, are planning for at least a $3 million cut. Unfortunately, we can't continue to absorb significant cuts without consolidating and closing some of our libraries. Consequently, we are planning for the likely closure of  the Center for Library Instruction & Computing Services (CLICS), International Relations & Pacific Studies (IR/PS), and Scripps Institution of Oceanography libraries, and could conceivably begin these closures this summer. The Medical Center Library is slated for closure on April 1. What this means is that we would consolidate select collections and services from these libraries into the Geisel Library building and the Biomedical Library building. As challenging as this process will be for all of us on campus, the Libraries just completed a strategic planning process that clarified our goals and priorities and helped us map out a process to achieve them.

For more information about the Libraries' budget situation:

Sincerely,

Brian E. C. Schottlaender

The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

UC San Diego
Libraries Strategic Plan
2011-2014

Like other academic libraries, the UC San Diego Libraries are experiencing unprecedented challenges-technological, organizational, and cultural-that present us with the opportunity to re-envision the way we provide services and resources to our users. In addition, California's severe fiscal crisis has led to repeated and significant budget cuts to the University of California, UC San Diego, and the UCSD Libraries. Together, these factors have spurred the Libraries to plan for and implement truly transformative change.

Click here to see our latest Strategic Plan

Exhibits & Events

January - May 2011
Ansel Adams at UCSD
Main Floor, Geisel Library
Presented by Mandeville Special Collections Library
For more information, call (858) 534-2533.

March - June 2011
Fabulous at 50: 50 Years of Collecting
Main Floor, Geisel Library
Presented by Mandeville Special Collections Library
For more information, call (858) 534-2533

April - June 2011
The Art of Science at UCSD
Science & Engineering Library, Geisel Library
For more information, call (858) 534-2480

March - April 2011
Papers to Pixels: Libraries & Technology
Social Sciences & Humanities Library, Geisel Library
For more information call (858) 822-2346

Domain Editors

Dolores Davies
Glenda Winders

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