Dear Georgia Southern University faculty, staff and students: Today we received the following announcement from Merryll Penson, Executive Director of Library Services at the University System of Georgia’s Office of Information and Instructional Technology, regarding how state budget cuts are leading to the October 1 suspension of the GIL Express Courier service and the cancellation of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts from the suite of GALILEO databases. Ms. Penson’s message follows.
Bede Mitchell, Dean of Henderson Library
>>> Merryll Penson <merryll.penson@USG.EDU> 9/18/2008 9:54 PM >>>
GIL Express Announcement
The recent decline in state tax revenue collections has forced the
University System of Georgia to plan for budget cuts for the current
fiscal year. Given the level of these cuts, there is insufficient
funding available to continue GIL Express operations, at least where
on-line requesting and delivery of books is concerned. The costs were
also increasing due to high fuel costs. Over 85,000 books were shared
among USG libraries during FY08. On-line requesting and delivery of GIL
Express books, therefore, will be suspended beginning October 1, 2008.
This suspension will allow continuation of most GALILEO electronic
resources for the current fiscal year.
Only on-line requesting that requires books to be shipped to another
library is being suspended. Patrons can still check out books from any
University System of Georgia library with a current and valid
institution issued-picture ID. A current and valid government issued
picture ID such as a driver’s license or a Georgia ID card, a US
passport or a US military ID are also acceptable. An example of a
walk-up request: A Georgia Tech student can walk into Georgia State’s
library and check out books from their collection as a walk-up (also
called on-site) transaction.
The CSA Illumina set of GALILEO databases/indexes will also be
cancelled effective November 1, 2008.
We hope this will be the end of any changes in the GALILEO/GIL
services for the remainder of the fiscal year. In the meantime, be
assured that our staff and the staff of other University System
libraries will continue to work with you to help you meet your
Merryll S. Penson
Executive Director, Library Services
Office of Information and Instructional Technology
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
2500 Daniells Bridge Road
Athens, GA 30606
Please note: new address and new phone number