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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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