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Jeff: 

I don't work in a hospital library or an academic institution but this is my advice based upon years as a librarian in an industry that was consolidating (oil & gas). Do not go with management's mind set of trying to make your position or your library "smaller."  As long as your job and your library cost them money, you can never be cheap enough in their minds.  You are overhead to them. 

Your services and your expertise are not something that can be whittled at by management. Every profession has downtime and slow times of the year. This time is used, as someone suggested, for things like professional development, collection development, committees, budgets, housekeeping, etc. Again, do not spend your energies trying to make your services cheaper, use your time to justify all of the great work that you do.

Best of luck, 
Libby Black 

Elizabeth "Libby" Black, MLS, MBA, AHIP
Corporate Librarian
Peoples Health 
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