March 31, 2009 – Many of you have read the good news from Mark McNamee, Senior Vice President and Provost, and Dwight Shelton, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer about the decision of the university administration to make increased funding available for library support in 2010. This decision follows several months of listening by the administration to the VT community via councils, meetings, forums and letters, as faculty and students talked about their needs and how the Library supports them.
In addition to not having a budget cut the Library will see an increase of $300,000 in funding for 2010. This allows some flexibility in collection development. Collections and services evolve in all university libraries. Most university libraries initiate collection reviews each year to assess the match of subscriptions and licenses to the evolving needs of the community. This means the information that has been gathered in the current more extensive library review has been helpful as it has revealed areas and publications for which there may be lesser need. We have also heard strong expressions of support for some general resources that are popular with many here at Virginia Tech, and these are likely to be renewed if costs remain stable.
We are especially grateful to the members of the university community for conveying their interest in the library more widely than in their own units, and for their excellent participation in the review of resources. We are also grateful to the university administration for their affirmation of the strategic role the Library has in supporting the mission of the University.
Dean, University Libraries