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Library Limbo

Inside Higher Ed – “The layoffs of eight library staff members — some with decades of experience and only a couple of years away from retirement — have faculty members at the University of San Diego up in arms. Critics call the administration’s actions an affront to the Roman Catholic teachings of the university. Administrators said a reorganization of the university’s Copley Library was necessary in an increasingly technological world, and eliminating some positions made way for the creation of new positions that ensure the library will stay on top of current, digital trends. Those who lost their jobs devoted many years to the university; four are over the age of 58 and two have worked at the library for more than 25 years. But their jobs include positions such as inventory control official, night supervisor and reserves manager — positions that the library doesn’t see as essential in a digital age. At the very least, faculty critics say, the library workers should have been retrained for new positions.”

2 Responses to “Library Limbo”

  1. Find Tutors
    September 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Here in Indiana, we can’t keep libraries open let alone worry about retention of librarians. It is saddening.

  2. Sherrie
    September 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    This is a very sad situation.

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