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Lastest LOUIS Newsletter

The Aug. 8th 2011 issue of the LOUIS Newsletter is out, and it includes an update and assessment of the LOUIS crisis and our experiences with HCR 129, indicating that although we have not been able to procure funding, we did succeed in spreading awareness of LOUIS and its importance.

...this amazing community of academic libraries spent a grueling year accomplishing 3 goals: finding funding for FY 11-12, branding LOUIS and highlighting the resources/services and return on investment, and setting the stage to define a sustainable funding model for the future. Due to the hard work of so many, these goals have been achieved.

How can I say that that there were any successes since we still don’t have the level of Regent’s funding we had in 09-10? Let’s start with what I consider the best news of the year: unanimous adoption of HCR 129 by the House and Senate....

Statement from Sara Zimmerman

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Here is an email LOUIS Exec. Director Sara Zimmerman sent to LOUIS library directors on Thursday (June 23) which explains some things about the current status of the LOUIS Crisis and what HCR 129 means; all is verbatim except the addition of some hyperlinks:

Group, I wanted to give as accurate an update as I can at this time. There are still some uncertainties, but for now, this is what is going on.

As you are all aware there was a huge grassroots effort to get the word out about LOUIS. Many, many people in the academic library community stepped up and went well beyond expectations to make sure that the details of LOUIS were well known. It is my belief that these efforts paid off in our best interest.

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