Faculty Senate Resolution in Support of
Adequate Library Funding for New Programs and Centers
Whereas, the Mansfield Library is currently involved with reviewing New Program Proposals (Level II) and New Center Proposals (Policy Number 103) and the review form (Level II Regential Form) for them requires the signature of the Dean of Libraries; and
whereas, the addition of new programs and centers has potentially large impacts on library resources and services; and
whereas, the addition of new programs and centers, which have large impacts on library resources and services, without new funding to support their needs often result in the diminution of library resources and services available for previously existing programs and centers; and
whereas, the earlier the library knows about all new proposals (Level I as well as Level II) the better prepared it will be to analyze, discuss, and act on the impact of those changes on library resources and services.
THEREFORE, be it resolved:
- The Faculty Senate encourages the Mansfield Library to continue to carefully and critically evaluate the impact of all new Program Proposals and new Center Proposals on library resources and services. Level II Proposals from all schools and colleges (including the College of Technology) should be included in these reviews.
- The Faculty Senate requests to add an additional line to the Level II Regential form, following the signature area for the Dean of Libraries, to allow a statement from the library about the impact of the new Program Proposal and any financial estimate of additional library resources and services needed to adequately support a new program proposal or new center proposal (see attached form).
- The Faculty Senate requests that the The University of Montana administration resubmit proposals that have been significantly changed after the review process to the Mansfield Library for consideration of the impact on library resources and services.
- The Faculty Senate requests that The University of Montana administration provide adequate additional funding for library resources and services, in addition to regular inflationary increases, for the support of New Programs and Centers identified as having a significant impact on library resources and services.