Consolidation FAQ

Is consolidation related to the recent budget issues?

No, the need (and planning) for consolidation has been in place for years. The budget issues only reinforce why we need to continue to be proactive in this process. The alignment of services, collections, and spaces to reduce the physical footprint of collections space on campus has provided the Libraries an opportunity to collaborate with departments to reimagine how teaching, learning, research, and the libraries intersect.

Doesn’t consolidation without closing a library go against the goal of reducing the physical footprint?

Consolidation is a broader or more comprehensive concept than just physical space. It takes into consideration the four following facets, and decisions are made in conversation with departments.

  1. Concentrate print collections using a comprehensive print management program.
  2. Repurpose spaces vacated by print collections for academic uses and collaborative activities.
  3. Redeploy staff expertise to deliver a more robust continuum of support to users, and strengthen library liaison roles to support campus priorities in research, teaching, and learning.
  4. Establish a new service model that integrates support for new forms of scholarly communication and related needs.

Is the 2014 Consolidation Working Group’s report a final decision on which libraries will be consolidated?

No, the recommendations are only suggestions and guidance to facilitate consolidation discussions and planning.

Who makes the final decision(s)? Just the Vice Provost, Provost, Chancellor, etc.?

Final decisions are directed by the Provost and the Chancellor, but include broad input from the departments and the libraries being impacted, as well as consideration of the needs and strategic direction of the General Library System.

Where are materials moving?

Where items are sent depend on their focus, type of material, usage, as well as what location has the space to absorb the materials. See more information on accessing consolidated collections here.