*Fact: CDL subscriptions cost UCSC significant amounts of money.
Resources (e.g. databases and journal subscriptions) licensed through the California Digital Library (CDL) are not free.
The CDL negotiates and licenses some of our largest database and journal subscriptions. While the CDL does sometimes contribute funding, every campus pays a cost share in the purchase. Costs for CDL materials rise annually. The annual inflation rate is anywhere from 3% to 7% per licensed resource.
Because of this inflation, we need to make cuts somewhere in our collection every fiscal year—even in years when the collections budget is not reduced. In effect, every year is a budget-cut year for the collections budget unless new funds are received that cover the inflationary increases. When we receive large reductions on top of the annual increases to our expenses, our options are severely limited. This is the situation we are in now.
*Fact: The Library is considered an academic support division and it was not spared large cuts.
The Library has received three substantial cuts to its permanent collection budget since 2009. Overall, the University Library's total budget (operations & collections) has been reduced by 37% since FY 2008/2009.
*Fact: Articles accessed through Google Scholar, a journal website, from course reserves online, and eBooks are all materials that are accessible due to library subscriptions.
When you're on campus, it may look like articles you find in Google Scholar or on a journal publisher's website are all free and openly accessible. However, most of the time, these materials are only accessible because the Library pays to subscribe to these resources. Our subscriptions allow our users to freely and easily access these resources without logging in first.
Additionally, the UCSC Library has one of the highest circulation counts of materials (e.g. books) in the UC system.
*Fact: Most Google Scholar articles are only accessible due to library subscriptions.
The University Library allows Google Scholar to include our database and electronic holdings in their search results. As long as you are an affiliated faculty, staff, or student of UCSC, any UCSC-owned or -licensed content (e.g. journal articles) is available to you through Google Scholar. Google Scholar may help you find articles, but you are only able to read these articles because of the library's subscription to the journal.
Once you step off campus (unless you log into the Off-Campus Access server), or if you leave the University, you will not have access to the full text of most of the articles found in Google Scholar unless you pay a fee. When we cancel subscriptions, access to those cancelled titles through Google Scholar becomes for-fee too.