We're done digitizing notebooks!
Open, collaboratively-developed metadata to support the future of space exploration.
Library Space Technology Network
An open, interoperable, community-supported thesaurus to unifies existing divergent and isolated thesauri into a single high-quality, freely-available open-source thesaurus.
Journal costs continue to rise (~7% inflation this year)
To take on new activities we have cut subscriptions, won grants, and developed project-based partnerships
Continuing to cut serial subscriptions is not sustainable
New subscriptions will be needed as Astronomy becomes more interdisciplinary and the CfA’s research focus evolves.
The Library needs to bring in more external funding and build relationships with new communities.
Hiring a CfA Archivist will help the library bring in external funding for new projects and resources so that stable internal funding can better support collection development.
Interest in the CfA’s history is increasing.
We have a unique chance to bring in resources from new sources, showcase the historic work done here, and call attention to the science that our researchers continue to do.
Impact of Updates on Library Budgets
Reducing Wolbach’s non-salary budgets and hiring a Trust-funded Archivist will bring the library’s non-salary expenses close to equity and make our salary budgets reflect the makeup of the CfA population:
Salary Budget Split
Non-Salary Budget Split
The distribution of costs associated with journal inflation will also be shared more equitably.
In FY21 we assume a 7% rise in Wolbach’s journal costs and request operational increases totaling 6.84%:
HCO 2.15% SAO 4.69%
Your support would be appreciated as I push for these changes.
Weeding (near future 2020)
These processes will be used to update Wolbach's Collection Development Policy and create a Collection Maintenance Policy
Creating isolated spaces within the library will:
New archival storage space
Immense potential if we hire a dedicated archivist.