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Library Budget: Cuts Force Cancellations and Downgrades

A Message to the SWOSU Community

Dear colleagues and students,

Due to a 16.4% decrease in the FY24 budget allocation for library books and databases, SWOSU's librarians have made the difficult decision to downgrade three core full-text databases, cancel selected discipline-specific databases, reduce book purchases, and cancel periodical subscriptions. In total, the budget allocation for library resources in FY24 is $509,000, compared to $609,000 in FY23.

Please see the Resource Cuts & Downgrades tab above for details on the impact of this cut, as well as cuts made in previous years. Instructors, please see the Action Items for Instructors tab for steps we recommend you take to ensure that links to library databases continue to function in your course materials.

We deeply regret the necessity of eliminating and downgrading resources upon which instructors and students rely. We are sincerely grateful to the departments that are assisting the library by sharing database costs. Without their support, the cuts to databases and journals would be even more severe.

In response to this drastic budget reduction, SWOSU's librarians have initiated new discussions with the university's leadership about implementing a small student fee to support library resources. Eighty-two percent of Oklahoma's public higher education students pay a per-credit-hour library fee, including 46% of students attending RUSO institutions. The fee we have asked leaders to consider would raise students’ per-credit-hour costs by less than one percent. If you support stemming the loss of library resources by implementing this recommendation, we would appreciate you letting SWOSU's leadership know.

Be assured that in spite of repeated funding cuts, the library’s faculty and staff remain dedicated to supporting SWOSU’s instructors and students.

The Faculty of the SWOSU Library


Mr. Jason Dupree, MLIS
Library Director
Mr. Phillip Fitzsimmons, MLIS
University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian
Ms. Katherine Loving, MBA, MLIS
Collection Management & Technical Services Librarian
Ms. April Miller, MLIS
Access & Outreach Services Librarian
Mr. Frederic Murray, MLIS
Instructional Services Librarian
Mr. Jon Woltz, MLIS
Systems & Electronic Resources Librarian

Sidebar: Cuts to Services & Staffing

Repeated cuts to the budget for databases, books, and periodicals impair the library's core mission: supporting SWOSU's curriculum and providing quality resources for student and faculty research. But other key library services have also been severely impacted by budget cuts:

  • 25% cut in faculty and staff positions:
    • 2 librarians
    • 2.5 staff
  • Stafford Archives chronically underfunded and dependent on grants.
  • Closure of the Sayre Oscar McMahan Library.
  • Elimination of programming for guest speakers and presenters who request payment or honoraria.
  • Other services and operations reduced or eliminated:
    • Equipment maintenance contracts
    • Interlibrary loan courier service
    • Video transcription service
    • Periodical binding
    • Replacement and/or repair of worn out equipment and furniture

Cuts to Library Resources, 2014-2024

In FY14, the library received $881,044 (inflation adjusted) for databases, books, and periodicals. In FY24, the library received $509,000 — a 42% decrease.

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