Chancellor Block distributed a campus update on the budget yesterday which indicates that deans and vice chancellors are to plan for a 5 percent across-the-board reduction in funding for the 2009-10 academic year. As I have mentioned in my previous postings, we have submitted scenario plans for a three, five, and eight percent reduction in our budget.
Last Friday I received a memorandum from Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh detailing this request. I am meeting with campus administration today to further explore the implications for the UCLA Library. In the detail attached to EVC Waugh’s memorandum the library is slated for a $438,623 mid-year reduction for 2008-09 and the five percent reduction for 2009-10 of $1,830,201. I must remind you that this is in addition to the rebalancing amounts that we must return to the campus to cover the Library’s portion of energy costs and deferred building maintenance as well as fringe benefits. We are also planning for the reinstatement of the employer contribution to retirement in April 2010.
The Chancellor also commented that there are many unknowns that could still impact the budget for next year. I will keep you informed of the impact on the Library as the story unfolds.