Below is an excerpt from today’s Krafty Librarian blog:
This May the Medical Library Association and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries released the “Statement on the Global Economic Crisis and its Impact on the Health Sciences Library Collections.”
Budget pressures are hitting academic medical libraries as well has hospital libraries. Yet as the statement says, these libraries are “pivotal to the success of all health care organizations.” The libraries’ collections and services support the institutions information needs including providing information to medical professionals for patient care. However the economy and budget pressures have forced many libraries to make substantial cutbacks resulting in smaller collections of regular and online resources and fewer library staff to provide services. According to a recent AAHSL survey “many academic libraries had mid-year budget reductions in the current fiscal year, and 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 libraries budgets.”
If large academic medical libraries are feeling the pinch, you better believe the smaller hospital library is in a vice grip. I almost wonder if they were our canary in the tunnel. And in some instances I can say yes. Yet at other times I often wonder why a hospital hasn’t already cut their library. As a medical librarian and one whose previous job was working in a community hospital this may come across as a pretty odd statement.
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