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Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy three years….from Mark Funk, MA, AHIP

Posted by Editor on August 5, 2009

From Doody’s Core Titles:  At the recent Medical Library Association annual meeting, the main concern I heard from almost everyone was about his or her budget situation. I’ve been in collection development since 1980, and while we faced budget problems in the 80s and 90s, this current downturn is far deeper, and according to some economists, will last much longer. Some say we should expect no relief before 2012. That’s a long time in the publishing and library world, and we should expect some changes. How might our environment change in the next few years?

Many libraries now purchase journal packages through consortia. While they have saved us some money, even price caps won’t help much with a budget lower than last year’s. The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) released a statement in January on the global economic crisis and its impact on consortial licenses. The Coalition predicts significant, widespread budget cuts for libraries and consortia, and expects these cuts to be prolonged. The statement asks publishers to be flexible in their pricing, and to seek creative solutions that allow libraries to keep their licenses without a major loss of access. Both the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the Medical Library Association endorsed this statement. The Association of Research Libraries also released a statement this year, reinforcing the ICOLC statement. Both statements called for price reductions and encouraged publishers to be open to midterm negotiations of contracts. It will be…Read entire post here.

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