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Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2023 09:12:44 -0800
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So I see a notice that UC Berkeley is closing three libraries and I 
became a bit concerned about the Mark Twain Project.  They are 
reportedly shuttering the Anthropology, Physics-Astronomy, and 
Mathematics Statistics libraries.  Once budget cutters start, they 
seldom stop...  Also, it's important to maintain a sports program over 
any  academic efforts.  From a 2020 report:  "Cal's Justin Wilcox is the 
seventh-highest paid coach in the Pac-12 this season with a total pay of 
$3,276,248."

From their Scholarly Resources: 2022-24 Budget Reduction Plan

Due to anextremely challenging budget situation 
<https://news.lib.berkeley.edu/2022-23-services>the Library must reduce 
its collections budget by $1.7 million over the next two years. Added to 
our recent reductions, this will bring the total collections budget 
reduction to $4.425 million since 2016 – an approximately 35% reduction 
of campus, state, and unrestricted funding for collections. In the 
current 2022-23 fiscal year, an initial $850,000 will be cut from 
selectors’ discretionary allocations which are used for print and 
digital books, media, datasets, and the like. In the following year, the 
remaining cut of $850,000 will come from a reduction in recurring annual 
costs such as subscription databases, journal subscriptions, ebook 
packages, and journal packages.

The Mark Twain Project is not mentioned in any of this, for what it's 
worth...

So it goes...

-- 
/Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/

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