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University of Missouri libraries face cuts to academic journals because of budget shortfalls

“The failure of a proposed student library fee and a potential decline in enrollment means University of Missouri libraries will have to cut back on subscriptions to academic journals and databases, Rabia Gregory, chairwoman of the Campus Library Committee, wrote Friday in a memo to campus department heads.The libraries have worked to find temporary solutions to a $1.3 million shortfall this year and anticipate another $1 million gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1, Gregory wrote. Because final budget figures will not be available until late April or May at the earliest, she wrote, departments are being asked to rank their priorities for retaining subscriptions before the summer break.” (via Columbia Daily Tribune)

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Couple gives $1.6 million to MU libraries, scholarships

“A $1.5 million estate gift will add to the University of Missouri libraries endowment for rare books and special collections. Columbia residents Jan and William Trogdon also pledged to give the university $100,000 for scholarships in the MU School of Health Professions. MU held a news conference at Ellis Library on Friday to discuss the Trogdons’ donation. “Books are important artifacts in our culture,” William Trogdon, an author and MU alumnus, said in a written statement. “My love for books — their look, feel and even their smell — is something inherent within me. This passion that exists for Jan and me, as well as our love for Ellis Library, has made this a very easy decision.” (via Columbia Daily Tribune)

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Missouri libraries facing funding crisis

“With less funding and increased costs, Missouri libraries face a major challenge. Libraries across the state are already experiencing funding cuts, which could potentially worsen with Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed budget for 2016 that includes nearly $6 million less in funds, or an estimated 80 percent reduction, for libraries statewide. The governor’s decision to withhold state aid for libraries is currently creating a revenue shortfall for Mid-Continent Public Library of about $400,000, said Mid-Continent President and CEO Steve Potter. With Nixon’s proposed budget for next year, the shortfall could be as much as another $200,000.” (via Examiner)

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Rift opens over destruction of moldy books

“The destruction of almost 190,000 books, journals and documents has created a rift between a University of Missouri faculty committee and the school’s director of libraries. Committee members contend Jim Cogswell, director of libraries, did not inform them of the destruction of about 188,000 books, despite assurances they would be updated as efforts to save the books and documents continue. Cogswell admits communication should have been better but maintains he acted correctly.” (via Columbia Daily Tribune)

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Missouri libraries struggle to stay open

“Could public libraries be a thing of the past in Missouri?    Lawmakers are battling whether or not to with hold more than $6 million from the public library budget, and local libraries are already seeing an impact. Canton Library officials say roughly 60 people come into the library every day, mostly for the free internet access.  Because of state cuts, internet costs rose almost 600 percent for the Canton library, which is forcing the library to consider all its options.” (via WGEM)

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