The Gauntlet / Library resource cuts hurt our research institution reputation
lterrat's bookmarks 2017-01-19
"From 2012–2016, the University of Calgary cut $2,140,558 in academic resources from its collections, with another $1.5 million cut in the 2016–17 fiscal year. This means that valuable resources for both faculty and students from journals like Taylor & Francis and Oxford University Press are no longer available.
While the U of C libraries claim they will pursue other means of accessing journals, it is difficult to justify the loss of these packages. It’s even harder to justify these cuts when U of C administration makes such a big deal about being a top research university.
But research isn’t just about fancy buildings and large grants. Research is the boots-on-the-ground work done by faculty and students every day. And that gets a lot harder when research resources are being cut at such a rapid rate.
Faculty and students are all negatively impacted by the loss of these academic journals that provided valuable resources for a range group of subjects. The most recent round of cuts included most notably 887 journals from Taylor & Francis packages concerning disciplines from sociology to geography to history."