Budget Planning Input for FY06
Submitted by Tina Chrzastowski
PSED Division Coordinator
November 30, 2004
Priority One: Collections Focused on Electronic Resources
Our collections, and primarily our electronic collections, are the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division’s top budget priorities for FY 06. We were disappointed in the current year’s budget allocation for collections and electronic resources, and we hope that in FY06 we will be able to provide better support for these important materials. The Library’s Graduate and Professional Student Survey, conducted in early 2004, clearly shows that our users prefer and expect electronic access to our collections. In addition, use statistics show that an estimated 3.5 million PDF files were downloaded by UIUC researchers from licensed electronic journals in FY2004. We hope that this loud and united voice, from our most active user group, is heard by the Budget Group and that collections, particularly electronic access to collections, are given the highest priority in FY06. The support for this priority should include additional funding to ER14 and for continued library-wide funding for electronic backfiles. We further recommend that use statistics play a role in funding decisions.
Priority Two: Support for Electronic Resources including Staffing
In order to provide needed support for electronic resources, PSED believes that staffing and resources for electronic access to collections must be given a very high priority in FY06. We support proposals that put more resources into, for example, electronic reserves, electronic reference services, ER Tech support, the acquisition and cataloging of electronic resources, and the implementation of federated searching and a local link resolver. We believe that all library positions that become open in FY06 be thoroughly reviewed and, if warranted, be reassigned to support our critical electronic resources infrastructure.