The news that University of California San Diego may have to close its Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library is alarming news, indeed. Losing the expertise of the staff, some of whom would lose their positions, as well as losing the integrity of a collection of such historical and research significance, would affect the the oceanographic teaching and research community far beyond California's borders. Although selected parts of the collection would remain available, both digitally and in a proposed consolidated science library, the use and management of those materials in a cohesive marine science collection with dedicated staff, would be adversely impacted. The prospect is sad to contemplate.
Learn more: Nature news article; Library Journal report. Save the SIO Library now has a Facebook presence, and Deep Sea News posted a Scripps Library update yesterday.