Pressure has continued to build against the threat of layoffs for workers in Harvard’s library system. Workers, students and faculty aired their grievances at a Speak Out organized by the No Layoffs Campaign on March 27th with support from activists in Occupy and the Student Labor Action Movement. In an important next step, the emerging coalition concerned with the future of Harvard’s libraries has come together to organize an open forum on library restructuring, solidifying the alliance between workers, students and faculty opposed to the cuts to library staff and services.
For those unable to participate in person on Tuesday, April 10th at 5 pm, questions, concerns, and issues with the libraries can be submitted online at the Library Forum Website.
The Library Forum will be hosted independently by a coalition of concerned students, workers and faculty. Please help cover the costs of by contributing here.
The Harvard Library Transition Team has been developing plans for a new
integrated Harvard Library, using the business model of “shared services.”
The aim of the library restructuring appears to be simple cost cutting
rather than meeting the needs of our research community, as evidenced by
the threatened layoffs of library workers at Town Hall meetings in January.
Decisions are being made without any meaningful consultation with faculty
and student researchers and the library staff who support them.
Can the university reduce library staff and still meet its commitments to
researchers in the wide variety of disciplines represented at Harvard? Come
participate in a conversation with students, faculty, library
professionals, and library support staff who are concerned about the fate
of the Harvard Libraries.