Took a call last night at 5ish from a Daily Tar Heel reporter, Greg Steen, about the state budget cuts and how they might affect the Academic Libraries. I did say things about digital access and how with digitization the wealth held in the Libraries are easily accessible to all the citizens of the state especially K-12 students and teachers and of course citizen researchers.
Here’s the article and here’s what I ended up having said (I actually said all this too):
Paul Jones, clinical professor in the School of Information and Library Science and in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, expressed concern that a lack of resources will affect others besides students and professors.
â€śOne of the strengths of our library has been the outreach to public schools and citizen researchers,â€ť Jones said.
â€śWhen you buy those books, youâ€™re investing in knowledge that ripples through the state, not just knowledge in one guyâ€™s mind.â€ť
Jones said he believes that having to search for resources will distract professors from completing their duties.
â€śHow do you want professors spending their time: trying to finagle ways of getting books or actually reading those books and developing ways of teaching in the classroom?â€ť