Wendy Lougee spoke about her CLIR publication on diffuse libraries—libraries that are more integrated into the work of the university. This can work in concert with libraries as place; it expands our role and value to the university. Lougee pointed to many examples of how diffuse libraries work but suggested that there are no organizational structure models as yet that support these new concepts.
There was a good deal of discussion regarding access to information (government and non-governmental) that is deemed to support terrorism. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has been requested by the Department of Homeland Security to draft guidelines for what may be considered "sensitive" information. ARL considered whether it should make a statement regarding this issue. There was concern of overreaching on definitions of "sensitive" and that scientific organizations had not yet agreed on a position to take on this issue. ARL agreed to make a statement that acknowledged there are issues concerning access to certain types of information in the current environment and that it would be difficult to implement within higher education; that if this class was to be defined, that it be done narrowly and after discussion with the science community; that there be review mechanisms and time limits on a review of this body of literature.
The strategy for collections will be to attempt to reduce our ScienceDirect costs by $500,000 and balance the remaining cost between full-text and article delivery. We will look for $50-75,000 savings from bindery costs through the new RFP; investigate any savings potential from moving from Ovid to FirstSearch because of Ovid's interface charges; evaluate RLG databases now that costs have shifted in the tech services area to OCLC, making the packaged deal for databases less advantageous; look at database indexes that may overlap; use gift funds to cover New Brunswick monograph purchases and approval plan. These collections reduction strategies include the permanent budget cut as well as the loss of the $1.1 million that we had this year as one-time funding and carry over from last year.