Support for Adequate Resources for CSU Libraries

AS-3000-11/AA/FGA (Rev)

ATTACHMENT 1 TO AS-3000-11/AA/FGA (Rev)
ATTACHMENT 2 TO AS-3000-11/AA/FGA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of California State University (ASCSU) acknowledge the
recent findings summarized in the report entitled “CSU Libraries: Revisiting the Standards”, submitted to the CSU Council of Library Directors on December 3, 2010. The key findings of this report include: that CSU libraries continue to be more heavily utilized by students and faculty than libraries at other institutions; that CSU libraries remain seriously understaffed, with only one campus meeting the current FTES staffing guideline established by the Policies and Standards for CSU Campus Library Facilities
of the CSU Administrative Manual; that seventeen CSU campus libraries lack adequate assignable square ft. as prescribed by current guidelines; that system-wide collections remain at 64% of the size prescribed in current guidelines; and that only two libraries meet collection standards based on current FTES; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm its commitment and support for adequate and sustainable funding of CSU Libraries e.g., AS-2535-01/AA “Support for Library Funding” and AS-2779-06/FGA (Rev) “Library Resource Needs for All Undergraduate and Graduate Programs”; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU commend CSU administration for continuing to recognize the value of library resources and services by repeatedly including requests for additional library funds within the annual CSU proposed budget package; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize that CSU Libraries serve not only as informational resources
but also as physical environments where students, faculty and staff work collaboratively to promote learning and research; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm the centrality of libraries to any system-wide effort at student
retention and success; faculty development in teaching, scholarship and research; and advancements in outreach and service to our communities; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Chancellor, CSU Campus Presidents and Provosts/VPAA, CSU Council of Library Directors, CSU Campus Senate Chairs, Chair and Vice Chairs of the Budget and Education Committee of the California Senate, Chair and Vice Chairs of the Budget and Higher Education Committee of the California Assembly, The President Pro Tempore and the Republican Leader of the California Senate, The Speaker and the Minority Floor Leader of the California Assembly, and The Governor of California.

RATIONALE: A fully operational library lies at the very heart of the academic enterprise. CSU libraries must be properly staffed and properly supported if the CSU is to fulfill its mission of teaching, research, and community engagement. Recent budget reductions have impaired the ability of CSU libraries to execute their strategic plans and to fulfill their daily obligations. Currently, 17 libraries have space deficits totaling nearly 1.2 million assignable square feet (ASF), a significant increase from a deficit of about 500,000 ASF in 1998. Although recent additions have increased system-wide collections by two million volumes, as of 2009 CSU libraries held 11 million volumes less than required by the formulas outlined in the Policies and Standards for CSU Campus Library Facilities of the CSU Administrative Manual. 63% of CSU libraries have fewer librarians than comparison institutions; and these staffing shortfalls are disrupting the ability of CSU libraries to provide information technologies and support for learning management systems. Contrary to common perception, the proliferation of electronic resources does not diminish, but in fact augments, the need for qualified and available staff to assist students and faculty.

Approved Unanimously – March 17-18, 2011



 
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