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Future of the UC Berkeley Library

Ved UC Berkeley har et udvalg om universitetsbibliotekets fremtid barslet med rapporten Report of the Commission on the  Future of the UC Berkeley Library.

Udvalgets anbefalinger er [smukkesere!!]:

Libraries—as both places and services—will be more, rather than less, critical to University

research and teaching in the next twenty years.

• The Library should be among the new Chancellor’s highest fund raising priorities, especially

technology upgrades, collection development, and improvement of the Moffitt Undergraduate


• The annual campus investment in the Berkeley Library should become predictable and should

reflect trends at peer institutions. The Library budget should be indexed to campus revenue or

some other appropriate metric that can be monitored.

• To ensure that the UC Berkeley Library remains among the top university research libraries in the

nation, campus will need to expend a one-time $5M to remedy past shortfalls in collection

funding by the state, and to increase the Library’s collection budget permanently by $5M

annually. Funding for other critical needs identified by the Commission will require

approximately $1.5 annually in addition.

• The number of Professional Librarians should be increased by 21 FTE and support staff should be

increased to an FTE strength that the Library determines to be necessary to fulfill the

recommendations of this report. This will require a total of about 465 FTE and an increase in staff

budget of approximately $6.5M.

• Reorganizing the Library staff into disciplinary ‘affinity groups’ will improve coordination of

expertise and facilitate consultation and collaboration with faculty and students.

• Campus should institute a regular academic review process for the Library.

• Campus should advocate for the expansion of remote storage facilities, either on the existing

NRLF site or some other site.

• The Library is the most prominent public face of the University both physically and virtually. We

endorse the Library website redesign initiative and recommend developing additional portals for

diverse user communities.

• The Moffitt Undergraduate Library should be transformed into a safe, secure, and attractive 24/7

study and research space.

• Consolidating and/or modifying some service delivery points, both in the Doe/Moffitt complex

and in the freestanding Special Subject Libraries, could reduce costs, increase efficiency, and

improve the quality of collection development and service delivery to both students and faculty.

• There should be closer collaboration between Educational Technology Services and the University

Library to develop next-generation research and learning tools and services. Investment should

be made in the development of ‘virtual carrel’ and digital ‘student learning portfolio’ tools for

online curation of research and delivery of course materials.

• The Library should work with other campus units to develop a digital literacy curriculum

available to all undergraduates. GSIs should play a central role in teaching digital literacy.

• Campus should invest in an office to help scholars disseminate their work broadly; to support and

educate faculty and students about fair use, copyright, and open access; and to promote a more

sustainable publishing ecosystem for scholarly communication.


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