Life is a Mystery

29 April 2009

Coping with shrinking budgets

I am “lucky” enough not to be housed in an institutional setting these days. Institutions are going through painful responses to shrinking resources and I’m sure the leadership of institutions everywhere are suffering sleepless nights as they try to find a humane course through these rapids. I was very impressed, today, when I stumbled on the site the MIT Libraries has created to help its community understand the impact of budget cuts. It is not easy to share information about reductions in service or challenges of budget planning without whining. I wish more institutions would be this up-front about the course they have chosen and the impact of changes. Communicating clearly is leadership. Other examples can be found at some of the other ARL institutions communicating about budget impact.

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Eric Celeste / Saint Paul, Minnesota / 651.323.2009 / efc@clst.org