Our work and challenges
We purchase high-quality print and digital resources to serve a diverse K-State community. Our librarians strive to acquire the research materials that are vital to the scholarly life of the university.
Our budget comes from state general funds, tuition, grants and private donations/endowments. Decreased funding from the state of Kansas means growing reliance on endowments.
Our work has become exceptionally challenging in light of two key factors:
- The exorbitant costs publishing companies charge for subscription-based journals.
- Flat and decreasing university budget allocations.
Collections costs and employee salaries make up approximately 90% of the Libraries budget. We have left 39 FTE staff vacancies unfilled in the last five years and used salary savings to offset subscription costs.
In addition, we
- Support open access publishing movements.
- Participate in state, regional and national consortia. These memberships often allow us to negotiate lower rates.
- Use interlibrary loan to supplement our collection.
The best way to make your department and individual research needs heard is to develop an ongoing relationship with the librarian devoted to your discipline.
Additionally, if you have questions about cancellations or other collection management policies, contact Joelle Pitts, head of content development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope the K-State community will read more about the serials crisis and its impact on our university. Then, if you’re a researcher or administrator, consider what you can do to push back and create a brighter future for research access at K-State and globally.