[Irtalk] Rethinking the library proves a divisive topic at many liberal arts institutions @insidehighered

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 14:46:16 SAST 2014

Several library directors at liberal arts institutions have lost their jobs
as they clash with faculty and administrators over how much -- and how fast
-- the academic library should change.

None of the dismissals, resignations or retirements are identical. Some
have resulted from arguments over funding; others from debates about
decision-making processes or ongoing personal strife. *One common trend,
however, is that several of the library directors who have left their jobs
in recent years have done so after long-term disputes with other groups on
campus about how the academic library should change to better serve
students and faculty.*

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