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How do libraries deal with declining resources? What are other alternative sources of funding for academic and research libraries? This issue of C&RL News has a variety of suggestions for dealing with budget cuts and for seeking additional sources of revenue.

Dawn Bick and Reeta Sinha have developed an objective method for making serials retention decisions when the budget requires that subscriptions must be cut. Norman Stevens returns to the pages of C&RL News with an innovative idea for increasing funds for library acquisitions by asserting that faculty start-up costs should include an allocation to the library for the acquisition of collections needed by new faculty. Other items to note are: the report on ACRL programs at the ALA Annual Conference includes highlights from the discussion on “Economic Crisis: Danger and Opportunities for Libraries” sponsored by the Universities Libraries Section; the expanded “News from the Field” reports of large gifts to libraries from alumni, athletic organizations, and the student body; and Carol Henderson gives us an update on the funding of the Higher Education Act, which may provide $5 million for HEA II-B library fellowship and training programs—a 668 percent increase!

While perusing the highlights of the “Economic Crisis” report, take a moment to review the other programs featured in this issue. If you were unable to attend the conference or if you had a conflict and had to miss a program, I think you’ll find an interesting collection of reports. From Moon Unit Zappa on freedom of expression to gender differences in library use to information literacy about the environment, ACRL programs offer thought-provok- ing fare.

Another conference report I think you will find interesting is Pat Wand’s insights on the White House Conference on Library and Information Science. Pat anticipates your questions and offers some suggestions for us to keep the momentum of the conference going.

—Mary Ellen K. Davis Editor & Publisher

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