Negative impacts of budget cuts for African Studies collections

Ruby Bell-Gam, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library‘s Collections Coordinator; Area Studies Team Leader, and Librarian for African Studies and International Development Studies has written a thoughtful essay in the Winter 2014 issue of ASA News that clarifies the currently depressed budget environment for many Area Studies collections in the U.S. As she points out:

…while the digital revolution has substantially increased opportunities for access to previously obscure area studies content and scholarly communication, some of its unintended consequences have been detrimental to area and international studies scholarship and resources. The relative autonomy and freedom for organic development that was enjoyed by area studies collections in the pre-digital age have given way to more centralized controls that do not always favor these areas.

The full title of the piece is: “Institutional Budget Reductions and Their Impact on Area and African Studies Library Collections and Services.”

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