We have been moved and honored to hear from so many members of the Carolina community eager to help, support and advocate for the University Libraries.
It is important to understand that the Library and the University face multiple related issues. The University’s efforts to address its budget challenges have brought immediate budget cuts. High costs and excessive inflation are ongoing problems for scholarly publishing and for library and university budgets everywhere.
Advocate for Carolina’s libraries
The most important need is for a sufficient and sustainable budget to support the research, teaching, learning, and healing mission of UNC-Chapel Hill. Until library budgets keep pace with annual inflation for library materials, we will have to continue to cut journals that students, faculty and staff desperately need.
You will be most effective if you can be specific about how the University Libraries directly supports your research, teaching, learning or clinical practice. How do you use library resources? How do your students use them? What benefit does a world-class library with world-class resources bring to you? Consider sharing details, stories and specific examples.
Act to transform scholarly publishing
If you are a researcher, there are many, many things you can do to transform scholarly publishing. These changes are the only real way to protect library budgets from cuts, costs and high inflation over the long term.
- Take ownership of your scholarship by retaining copyright to your publications.
- Publish in open access journals or deposit your research in an open access repository.
- Interrogate the tenure and promotion process that drives scholarly publishing.
- Start conversations about open access, open science and open data in your departments, labs and working groups.
- Review the scholarly publishing contracts for your association and consider transitioning your journal to open access.
- Invite a librarian to speak to your department, lab, working group or class about sustainable scholarship.
Learn more about ways you can take action to transform scholarly publishing.
Give to the University Libraries
Acquiring scholarly materials is only one way of many that the University Libraries supports research, enables student success and preserves the unique history and culture of North Carolina.
Your support ensures that the University Libraries will be able to innovate even in the face of challenges and to set a new standard for research libraries in the digital age.
Please consider making a gift to the University Libraries.