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Monday, April 12, 2004

University of Arizona to cancel 3,000 journals

Mitra Taj, Library cuts new books from budget, Arizona Daily Wildcat, April 9, 2004. The University of Arizona library will cut journals and books by 16% over the next two years, in response to tight budgets and rapidly rising journal prices. Quoting Stephen Bosch, associate librarian: "Sixteen percent is going to be a big reduction. We’ve done the easy stuff to keep our heads above water. [The impact now will be] noticeable, if not painful. [The library is dealing with about 9 to 10 percent inflation per year.] If we have a set budget, after two to three years, things cost 20 to 30 percent more than when we started." The library expects to cancel 3,000 journals, drop 7,000 new book orders, and cut $250,000 worth of electronic databases. (Thanks to LIS News.)