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The Yogi Berra school of library science

Anthony McMullen (Baron‐Forness Library, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 23 August 2011




The purpose of this paper is to provide insights into issues encountered in maintaining library technologies on a limited budget and with limited personnel.


The paper uses real world experiences to report on collection development decisions as they relate to electronic resources in an era of shrinking budgets.


The percentage of library budgets allocated for the acquisition of electronic resources has risen steadily in an online era. As state legislatures across the country cut funding, librarians must cut expenditures accordingly. With electronic resources comprising a large segment of overall expenditures, cuts in this area are unavoidable.


This paper examines the decision‐making process in the context of renewing or canceling underused electronic resources in an era of shrinking library budgets. It takes a humorous approach in suggesting that librarians need to look beyond emotions and base their decisions on facts.



McMullen, A. (2011), "The Yogi Berra school of library science", The Bottom Line, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 138-139.



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