Most electronic database resource costs are shared, each campus library pays a percentage of the cost based of FTE. However, individual campuses can purchase additional electronic subscriptions if the budget allows. Decisions on what is included in the statewide resources are made every year during the Library Directors Committee meetings. Students, staff, and faculty are able to make requests for purchase, either in person, through interactive library displays, or by using an online form.
Each campus library has control of their own budget for the physical items in the library and can determine how this money if spent. By the end of the summer session the Valparaiso campus library will complete an inventory of physical items. This will allow me to get to know the collection better and determine where the budget money would be most useful. For example, I completed a small weeding project over the winter break and have already determined that our technology collection needs updated materials. A percentage of the book budget for 2019-2020 will go towards upgrading this collection.