The Information Technology Commission of the Student Senate recently voted to commit $19,000 in student technology fee monies to supplement library resources. This came about as a result of conversartions Chair Aaron Brewster and Interim Director Chris Cox have had regarding the library's flat materials budget (no increase since 2001), the increase in materials prices each year and our struggles to continue to offer the resources students and faculty need to conduct research in their disciplines.
The $19,000 will be used to fund two new databases. $6,000 will be used to fund the one-time archive fee for Arts & Science Collection V of JSTOR, adding an additional 120 journals to an already large archive of onine journals in a variety if disciplines. The other $13,000 will be used to fund the one-time archive fee for ArtStor, which is also being supplemented by funds fromthe departments of Art, History and Geography. ArtStor currently contains nearly 500,000 images documenting artistic traditions across all times and cultures and embraces architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual and material culture. Images found in the database are of high quality, and can be linked in D2L, used and presentations, and as teaching materials, accessible 24/7.
Thanks so much to the students for funding these resources! The entire campus will benefit from your generosity.