Libraries Explore Big Ideas to Overcome Small Budgets

Tough times are taking a toll but spurring innovations in handling collections

Pauline Lubens for The Chronicle

Thomas C. Leonard is university librarian at the U. of California at Berkeley. His budget was cut by 18 percent last year, and he has lost 30 full-time employees.
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At many university libraries, the toxic economy has eaten away at staffing levels and at collections-and-acquisitions budgets. It has deflated endowments and disrupted plans to build new facilities and upgrade equipment.

But in response, librarians...

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