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Library Budget Preparation Process

A & B Budget

The University Librarian and staff meet to discuss budget priorities. The Director confers with the Head of Technical Services and the Library Secretary before finalizing the budget. The Director confers with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to request funding. Funding is received in one lump sum.

Funds for G- and F-funded student workers are negotiated with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Student workers are used to support every functional and service area of the Library, including weekend and evening hours.

The addition of new programs requires the library to acquire additional resources (e.g., journals and books) to support these programs. Historically, the library has not received additional funds when new academic programs are added. For the first time, two years ago, the library received a one-time $14,000 budget to support the master’s program in Education. The Library receives no systemwide funds. It both lends and borrows books and resource materials within the system campuses for students, faculty, and staff.

Operational challenges are the result of the budget, which has been decreasing since 1989. Future plans are to discontinue subscriptions for journals which receive lesser use. The library needs one more staff position to maintain weekend hours.

The Library is a “shared resource” with Hawaii Community College. No operational budget is provided to the library by HawCC to support the needs of HawCC students and staff; however, HawCC provides one nine-month librarian position.

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