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WHY? THE PLAN! MORE OF COMMENTS THE PLAN A “Cost of Things” Committee began meeting in October 2000. Like many other libraries across the Articles – the current issue of HS/HSL United States, the Unplugged, the library newsletter, Health Sciences and Human There was representation from focused on cost issues and the campus Services Library (HS/HSL) Resources Management for cost newspaper ran an article on library costs and the exhibit (Samples of newsletter at the University of data; Library Administration for on the table) political and organizational Maryland, Baltimore implications; Information and is faced with rising costs and flat Instructional Services for “odd budgets facts” research expertise; and Web Design Team for multimedia skills “Very impressive - and somewhat “An outstanding “Show Me the Money!” shocking. exhibit! You’ve was selected as the name for the Nice work.” managed to get exhibit – it was a catchy phrase, part UM School of the message out Medicine Faculty of popular culture with much humor and scarcely any vitriol.” Texas Tech The Committee began looking at ways to capture the attention of our users and decided to approach the information in a variety of ways: We had heard of other libraries who had done comparison studies of library costs vs. real world goods Traditional Display Cases -- these included journal covers as well as a variety of relia including hiking Ugly lime green factoids -- boots, toy refrigerators, and models these were placed all around of bikes HS/HSL -- on tables, across “BRILLIANT! computers. Some were placed ” We felt we needed to reach users on the back of stall doors in the Anonymous on a level they understood restrooms! (Factoid list on table) This seemed to be a light-hearted way to examine a serious subject Bulletin boards -- highlighting different cost facts, the bulletin Acknowledged by the board had hanging paper money, Engineering library at Cornell pictures, and other readable items University as the inspiration for Library users don’t their current online exhibit! understand the problems and don’t have the time to delve (http://www.englib.cornell.edu/ “SHOW ME THE MONEY” displays/stickershock/) into the complex issues Committee Members The exhibit opened Richard Behles, Chair in February 2001 Brad Gerhart Dale Prince Beth Jacoby Paula Raimondo Alexa Mayo M. J. Tooey Jane Murray Frieda Weise Did you know that... The average cost of an HS/HSL medical journal is $663. Libraries pay more for journal subscriptions than do individuals. For example: Science--Indivual=$62, Library=$340. The average cost of a computer workstation is approximately $2500.00. There are over 200 computers in the HS/HSL, a third of which are replaced every year in order to keep up with technology. The average cost of a new medical book is $109. Journal costs in science and technology have risen 293% over the last 15 years. The cost of replacing a lost or missing item in the collection is $350.
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