Date of Award


Degree Name

Leadership Studies


College of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Barbara L. Nicholson, Committee Chairperson

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Bethel

Third Advisor

Dr. Kelli Johnson


The purpose of this study was to evaluate methods used by library administrators to maintain collections to support programs at Carnegie institutions classified R1, R2, D/PU: Doctoral/Professional Universities (formerly R3) with varying degrees of research activity and selected M1 (i.e., Masters Large) institutions, and compare those data.

Public institutions of higher education have seen mandatory state budget cuts for more than 20 years, with each year’s cut being larger than the previous. These statewide education cuts have affected academic libraries in a major way, resulting in purchasing cutbacks, decreased subscription renewals and cancellations.

Purchasing cutbacks have meant fewer physical book purchases and more journal cancellations, while hiring freezes and job cuts have resulted in more responsibilities for individuals in the library workforce; in some cases, duties have been outsourced to specialty companies, from maintenance operations to acquisitions processing, such as cataloging and even labeling.

These drastic cuts in library budgets have caused librarians and administrators to cut not only fringe elements in the budget, but to develop creative changes in the fabric of library functioning in order to remain operational, as well as maintain accreditation standards.


Universities and colleges – Administration.

Universities and colleges – Finance.

Libraries and colleges – Administration.

Libraries and colleges – Accounting.