Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


Memorandum from the North Carolina State University Libraries


  As one of the United States' outstanding land-grant universities, North Carolina State University offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers bachelor's degrees in 92 fields of study, master's degrees in 101 fields, and doctoral degrees in 58 fields, as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Fifty-five research centers, institutes, and laboratories support more than 400 faculty, 900 graduate students and 200 undergraduates. The university has a total of more than 6,000 employees, including approximately 1,600 faculty and extension field faculty.

  The university has an annual budget of approximately $820 million and an endowment valued at more than $312 million. NC State is ranked first in total research expenditures in the 16-campus University of North Carolina system, and second in total state and local research funding among national research universities. NC State's expenditures for research and sponsored programs exceed $440 million.

  Located in North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh, NC State anchors one corner of the Research Triangle Park, which houses more than 140 organizations dedicated to innovative research and development. Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill mark the other two points of the triangle.

  The NCSU Libraries consists of a central library and branch libraries for design, natural resources, textiles, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of 302 full-time-equivalent employees, the Libraries has over 3 million volumes, acquires more than 47,000 print and electronic serials, and has a total annual budget of more than $23 million (US), with approximately $8.5 million allocated to collections. The NCSU Libraries is a founding member of SOLINET and a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources of more than 13 million volumes, and collections budgets totaling more than $29 million.


  The NCSU Libraries submits the following memorandum, (Annex) as evidence in the Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into scientific publications. The Triangle Research Libraries Network recently discontinued its consortial license agreement with Reed Elsevier for the ScienceDirect product. The Provosts of the three TRLN institutions that were parties to this decision submitted this memorandum to the university community.

February 2004

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