January 19, 2022

UK: Oxford University Students Want Fired Librarian Reinstated After Harlem Shake Video Recorded in Library

From The Independent:

Outraged Oxford university students have called for a librarian to be reinstated after she was fired for letting students make a Harlem Shake video on her watch.


In their spirited take on the clip that has become an online sensation, a group of around 30 students danced in fancy dress on the college library’s tables, chairs and in the aisles. One wore an American football helmet, while another dressed as a member of Pussy Riot.


St Hilda’s student Ellen Gibson told university newspaper Cherwell: “The situation seems ridiculous. The librarian had nothing to do with the protest; she just happened to be there at the time.”

The JCR {Junior Commons Room] passed the motion that the decision to fire Ms Nash was “hugely unjust”, claiming: “It is difficult to see what she could have done to prevent around 30 legitimate St. Hilda’s students from entering the library.” Should the President’s appeals to both the library and the governing body fail, she will take the issue to the library committee next term.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.