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How are NC libraries’ business partners affected by our budget constraints? How are NC libraries’ business partners affected by our budget constraints?

Budget Constraints Affect Both Sides of the Gap “Costs go on whether or not Budget Constraints Affect Both Sides of the Gap “Costs go on whether or not the bindery is full of work or only partially operating. ” Dudley A. Weiss, Executive Director – Library Binding Institute 1952 -1982 In the Bindery… In the Library… Ongoing manpower costs Reduction of manpower Ongoing operating costs Fewer volumes bound Capital expenditures, R & D Compromised collection maintenance

We contribute to the overall economy of the states in which we have operations. We contribute to the overall economy of the states in which we have operations.

 • Improve products and services while holding costs. • New products and services • Improve products and services while holding costs. • New products and services

What can we do to close the gap? What can we do to close the gap?

State of the Market l Nationwide Funding Trends w Little to no budget increases State of the Market l Nationwide Funding Trends w Little to no budget increases w Painful situation everywhere u Texas u Oklahoma North Carolina Serials Conference

Government Funding l Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Funding w Support ALA’s effort Government Funding l Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Funding w Support ALA’s effort to get a new version passed that will increase funding levels for libraries w Management meeting with Government leaders to discuss state of the industry w March 6, 2003 - Voted on and overwhelmingly passed in the House w Must continue building support and momentum to get bill to the Senate floor

That’s fine, but what about me? l Renewal Business Pricing w Flat to minimal That’s fine, but what about me? l Renewal Business Pricing w Flat to minimal increases over the last two years for most Pro. Quest products w Handled on a case by case basis l New Business Pricing w Flat to minimal increases for new products over the past two years w Some product prices reduced and more content added l One-Time Purchase Options w Easier to come up with than subscription monies w Utilize gift funds w Products – EEBO, APS, Ethnic News. Watch: A History, PQ Historical Newspapers, Acta Sanctorum w Spread the one-time purchase out over three years interest free

Conclusion How do we ease the pain? l Push for Funding l Must be Conclusion How do we ease the pain? l Push for Funding l Must be flexible in pricing; Renewal, New Product, One-Time l Listen to our customers and work within the budgetary limits l Continue to assist the library in moving forward