what are we going to do

Anita Cholewa anita at MOZART.CBS.UMN.EDU
Tue Oct 22 10:32:37 CDT 1996


In line with the U. of Mich., the Univ. of Minnesota has
decided to go to "value-centered management" in which each
dept./unit will be charged for the space it occupies.
While the administration has said "it" will pick up the cost
for such facilities as the libraries and other such cross
discipline resources, it is by no means clear that it will
do so for the musuems.  It has already been suggested to us
that we charge researchers for the cost of mailing loans.
We tried to charge for remote access to our vascular database
but NSF told us we wouldn't be able to obtain their funding
if we did such a thing.  With decreasing monies being spent
on herbaria (and other biological collections) by administrations
and outside agencies saying we can't charge for anything where
does that leave us.  I think some serious PR is definitely needed
here.  Non-taxonomy researchers must somehow be made to under-
stand our importance to their work.  We have been silent (or
at least we haven't shouted) for far too long outside our own
community.
A.F.C.
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