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University provides free software to students, faculty

Library dedicates 13M to operations, 8M to services

The University Library’s $27,097,307 total budget is 79 percent comprised of student tuition and state general funds. StatLab Head Michelle Claibourn said the technological and software services the Library offers with part of that budget are helpful to researchers in the University.

Half of the University Library’s 2013-2014 budget, roughly $13.5 million, is going towards the purchasing and leasing of materials, selection and curation, metadata, digital and physical storage and materials preservation. A smaller amount, $7,858,075, is reserved for the services the Library provides, such as its online, information, and technological and research services.

The StatLab is a consultation service for researchers to work within the software provided to be able to manipulate it and present the data and analyses, Claibourn said.

“Many researchers here have found their data but don’t know what to do with it,” Claibourn said.

The work done at the StatLab is mostly data-heavy research, although the Geographic Information System software, which is used to make maps with gathered spatial analyses, is among the other technological services the Library offers.

“The Information Technological Service provides the software as the infrastructure for the library which gives the human connection,” Claibourn said. “[B]ut helping folks to learn to use technology isn’t new even within the library.”

The Library works to make many of these data systems available to students and faculty through the Hive, a portal that can connect students and faculty anywhere through a remote Windows desktop computer. The Library provides the service in part to save University faculty and students money by making these software licenses available and more affordable.