Re: budgeting media

Barb Bergman (
Mon, 2 Apr 2001 12:53:16 -0700 (PDT)

I have no formal media budget. Each academic department gets an allocation
that can be spent on any type of library material. At the end of the
academic year, unspent money reverts back to a general fund for the
library. Then Reference and I duke it out for the leftovers.
Not a system I'd recommend.

As Gary already mentioned, this faculty-driven system has created a strange
collection with subject areas either lacking or having an overkill of
resources. It's becoming very obvious as we're having many faculty retiring
and the new ones are coming in saying, "Why don't we have Title XYZ?

Something else to ponder:

I was just talking to a media librarian at a another state university and
was told:
The departments are not allowed to use more than 25% of their allocation to
purchase non-print materials. This means that departments that rely heavily
on videos, such as Dance, find it necessary to go to the media librarian
and ask him to use part of the media budget so they can order enough videos
to meet their real needs.


Barbara J. Bergman Porter Henderson Library
Media Librarian Angelo State University
ph: (915) 942-2313 Box 11013, ASU Station
fax: (915) 942-2198 San Angelo, TX 76909
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