Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

Effects of 1997 Budget Cuts on CAUL Libraries - (SU /2/97)

Page updated 3 June 1997

A survey of CAUL libraries was undertaken in early 1997 to assess the effects of the recent financial cuts to universities. The following is a first summary of the information provided by the libraries; all but one responded.

The survey was made early in the financial year, and not all libraries had a clear picture of their budgets. At the same time, it is acknowledged that there are likely to be further cuts during 1997 to staffing and services and collections, especially as the effects of, firstly, the salary increases in 1997 and subsequent years becomes more generally known on each campus, and as the inflationary increases in books and journals are more firmly integrated into the budget process. A similar and parallel survey later in 1997 will indicate more clearly the overall reduction in services and collections due to the recent government initiatives.

Summary information:

(1) Cuts to Budgets in Absolute Terms -- $7,050,000

19 libraries reported budget cuts in absolute terms.

(2) Cuts to Salaries (Absolute and some real) -- $6,312,000

21 libraries reported on reductions to their salary budgets as a result of absolute and real cuts, and many noted that the final cuts will not be known until salary increases are clarified.

(3) Cuts to Equipment -- $353,000

At this time, 6 libraries had reduced their equipment budgets.

(4) Cuts to Materials -- $1,326,000

8 libraries noted cuts in their materials budgets, but the final amounts will not be known until later in the year. Nominated cuts at this stage are:

(5) Cuts to Sundries (Other budget lines) -- $427,000

There were cuts by 5 libraries to other budget lines, such as maintenance, sundries, etc.; again there are likely to be further cuts during the year.

(6) Number of staff reductions to date -- 214.2 staff positions cuts

22 libraries have already cut staff numbers, and some of these signalled that further cuts will occur after salary increases are known. Staff include:

*a further breakdown is appended

(7) How libraries reduced their staff positions:

These staff reductions were done by a variety of means, including:

*further information below

(8) Enterprise Bargaining

24 libraries noted that their Enterprise Bargaining agreements had not been concluded, whereas only 7 reported that they had been. At the same time 5 reported that Enterprise Bargaining had not been taken in consideration yet in the 1997 budget, 9 reported that it was not yet applicable in their situation, and 15 had already done so.

*further information below

(9) How libraries have made cuts to their services already in 1997:

Libraries reported that they have effected reductions to services and operations in the following ways:

(10) Raising income targets

Libraries were asked to report on ways they are increasing income targets as a means of coping with the cuts; the following are some of the ways libraries are supplementing their funds:


Further information to items above:

*(6) Number of staff reductions to date

214.2 (22 libraries)

Levels of staffing

HEO1 = 2 Clerical 128.45
HEO2 = 22
HEO3 = 63.25 Professional 68.9
HEO4 = 30.9
HE05 = 9.3 Unknown 16.85
HE05/6 = 1
HEO6 = 9
HEO7 = 18.6
HEO8 = 15.3
HE09 = 6
HE010 = 20
CASUAL = 11.85 (can be a wide range of classifications)

*(7) How did you reduce staff?

*(8) Support for separation packages (voluntary and retrenchments)

not clear or not applicable = 15 libraries
from library funds = 8
centrally funded = 5
Once off grants from uni = 5
Partly by univ/part by library = 4
(uni = 75, lib = 25, with loan provisions for difference)
(uni = 40%. lib = 60%)
(uni = 50%, libr = 50%
Ray Choate
University Librarian
University of Adelaide
27 Apr 1997

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