As most of you know, the Governor of California has recently proposed a $500 million cut to the University of California’s budget for the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year. To prepare for an anticipated $60 million cut, the campus has asked the Libraries to prepare for a $3 million budget cut, on top of the nearly $5 million in cuts the Libraries have absorbed to date.
The attached document describes the budget reductions suffered by the Libraries since 2008/09 and outlines the actions the Libraries will need to take to absorb an additional $3 million cut in 2011/12. This document has been shared with all campus Deans, Academic Affairs’ Department Chairs, the College Provosts, the Academic Senate leadership, the presidents of the Associated and the Graduate Student Association, and the Libraries staff in order to pave the way for the serious discussions we will need to have in order to downsize and rethink what we do and how we do it. The budget cut scenario outlined for 2011/12 includes further cuts to the collections budget and reducing the number of library buildings we staff and support from six to two.
I welcome your input on how we implement these changes over the next year, in order to focus on what will best serve our university community with significantly reduced resources.
Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian