NS universities propose culling library stacks

December 4, 2012

Nova Scotia's public universities have proposed culling their library collections and shipping some of their lesser-used materials to a central repository where they will be stored in a climate-controlled, secured facility until they are needed. The idea of a central library storage facility is one of the proposals submitted for consideration under the NS government's $25-million University Excellence and Innovation Program. Earlier this year, the province's advanced education department invited universities to submit proposals for projects that would see the institutions work together and reduce costs. In the initial round of proposals, the department approved approximately $700,000 for a feasibility study for the library repository, another study on collaborative data services, and an analysis of university spending. Another $712,453 was approved for 7 energy-related projects at 6 institutions. Proposals for a second round of funding consideration were due last week. Chronicle-Herald