MLA: 70% expecting budget cuts

Habe ganz vergessen: Die MLA hat ja auch ein Statement on the Global Economic Crisis and its Impact on Health Sciences Library Collections herausgebracht (Fettdruck durch mich):

In this time of economic constraint, however, health sciences libraries are confronted with daunting challenges to maintain the collections and services that are needed to support their institutions’ information needs. Budget pressures in the current economic environment are forcing some community hospitals to close their libraries, severely decreasing or eliminating access to vital information and resources. Libraries in most academic health centers are also facing severe cutbacks resulting from declining state support, declining clinical revenues, decreased gifts and endowments, and increased competition for a smaller number of research grants. A recent AAHSL survey found that many academic libraries had mid-year budget reductions in the current fiscal year, and that nearly 70% are expecting budget cuts for the coming year, some of which could be 10% or higher. In many cases, these are permanent cuts to library budgets, and, with few exceptions, libraries will have to reduce collection budgets as part of their cost-saving strategy.

Abbestellungen sollen unbedingt vermieden werden:

Both librarians and publishers/vendors share a common desire to avoid temporary or permanent cancellations of valuable information resources. AAHSL and MLA members seek to partner with publishers and vendors to negotiate licensing terms supporting continued access to as much content as possible in this difficult economic environment.