The falling Canadian dollar and the impact on research libraries

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), of which the University Library is a member, is actively bringing to public attention the tough times currently being experienced by research libraries in universities.  Across the country, research libraries are individually and collectively experiencing severe budget pressures as a result of the weakening Canadian dollar combined with the extraordinarily high costs of international scholarly journals.

CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as Library and Archives Canada and NRC-Knowledge Management. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

Read CARL’s pain language communique about journals costs and the falling Canadian dollar here.