CBC Ottawa – Budget cuts at Health Canada gut research libraries: “Health Canada plans to cut the science library budget by 50 per cent and reduce staff members from 26 to 10 at the department’s libraries over the next three years. All six libraries are located in the Ottawa area”
“To ensure scientists have the same level of access to journals, Health Canada plans to create an electronic library in collaboration with the National Research Council at a cost of $41.8 million over the next five years.”
It seems ridiculous that a science library is facing such drastic cuts. I think science journals are on average more expensive, but that’s just more reason to give them a bigger budget. And access to journals is not the same as access to librarians.
Ok, I’m just not up for a rant right now…I’ll let you all think on it yourselves.