[ SHOWGSD-L ] Crowley -- on closing the AKC library

  • From: "pmick12" <pmick12@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 08:41:37 -0400

From Jim Crowley:

 I would like to clear up apparent misunderstandings that are circulating 
regarding the status of the AKC Library and Archives, both of which are my 
responsibility.



As the Delegates have been advised for some time in the quarterly financial 
reports, there is a concern about the future of both core and alternate 
revenue. To ensure the healthy future of both AKC and the Sport, management 
is looking at every possible revenue source and cost saving. Every 
department and program has been reviewed in terms of benefit to the 
constituents, efficiency, and staffing levels. As to the Library and 
Archives:



The AKC Library

The AKC Library was started in 1934, and AKC has every intention of 
preserving and maintaining this valuable asset and resource. The Library is 
NOT being closed. It will be available to researchers and to the public just 
as it has always been. The Library information and catalog continue to 
appear on the AKC web site, and I will be the contact person given.



What has changed is that there will be no full time employee sitting in the 
library every day. The usage of the Library has steadily declined in recent 
years, undoubtedly due to information now readily available on the internet 
in general and the AKC web site in particular. Days, and in some cases weeks 
go by without anyone, other than AKC NY employees visiting the Library. At 
one point, three employees were needed in the Library. This was reduced to 
two, and then to one, as usage fell. It is now apparent that it makes little 
sense to maintain a full time operation, which few use only occasionally, 
when the same level of service can be provided on an as needed basis for a 
fraction of the cost.



The 18,000 volumes in the Library will always be maintained. The Library 
will also continue to accept donations.



The AKC Archives

There has been absolutely no change in the status of the AKC Archives, and 
none is planned. If anything, programs in this area will be expanded.  Among 
the things that distinguish AKC from all other registries in the US is its 
long history and unique traditions. These are not only being memorialized 
and preserved by our archivist, but they are being made readily available 
through digitization and by allowing access on the AKC web site. There will 
also continue to be a concerted effort to work with our clubs, and 
particularly our Parent Clubs, to preserve their history, and the history 
and development of their wonderful breeds.



I do appreciate the Delegates that contacted me for the facts, when the 
rumors began, particularly about the AKC Archives. To clear up the 
inevitable misinformation, feel free to pass on or to cross-post this 
communication.



                                                                             
                                                               James Crowley

                                                                             
                                                               AKC Executive 
Secretary

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