ERIC Number: ED336054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Status of Academic Research Libraries at Texas Public Colleges and Universities.
Greene, Deborah L.
A study was undertaken to document the impact of reductions in state appropriations on the libraries of Texas public institutions of higher education from Fiscal Year 1986 through Fiscal Year 1990 and to make recommendations for improving these libraries. Data were collected through a letter requesting information from each of the public general academic institutions including law and medical schools. All 34 institutions responded. Of those, only two reported decreases in library budgets for the period in question. Others reported increases in budgets ranging from 1 percent to over 41 percent. Forty-seven percent of the institutions reported decreases in the total number of library staff, while 32 percent reported an increase in staff. Forty-one percent of libraries reported being able to maintain library hours or at least bring them back to pre-1986 levels. However, responses from institutions indicated overall a steady decline in the rate of library acquisitions. The study also looked specifically at ways that law and medical libraries had been affected by the reduction of funds. The study includes recommendations, a copy of the survey letter, a list of respondents and four tables displaying subindexes and data. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Legislature, Austin. Senate Education Committee.