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Dear Department Chairs and Library Representatives:
I am writing to let you know about a change to how University Libraries will manage monographic funds (or what we call one-time acquisitions). This year we will pilot one shared fund for monograph orders. We believe this funding structure will help us all manage our monographic collection needs more efficiently and do a better job of helping you acquire the materials you need for teaching and research.
Overtime changing collections needs and inflation has diminished the overall funds available for monographs. Here are some facts that have made us consider this new approach.
We have only committed to try this out. If it doesn’t work, we certainly will try another approach. We welcome questions throughout the year and will report back in May on how this has worked. For additional information, including frequently asked questions, please our shared mono web page: www.library.kent.edu/sharedmono.
Please direct question to Kay Downey, interim head of collections & technical services (email@example.com) or to your subject librarian.