Canada: “Mount Allison University Proposal to Phase out Top Librarian Makes Students, Staff Want to Make Noise”
From the CBC:
Students and library staff at Mount Allison University [located in Sackville, New Brunswick] are challenging a proposal to phase out the school’s top librarian.
“The idea of thinking the role of head librarian could be replaced by non-academic personnel is a bit ridiculous,” said Linnea Bell, a fourth-year history student at Mount A.
Last week, Jeff Ollerhead, the vice-president of academics and research, proposed restructuring of top-level positions at the university, including that of chief librarian.
He recommended getting a dean to split responsibilities between academics and the library. Mount A would hire a manager with human resources and financial skills to assist the dean, he said.
This week, library staff published an open letter to faculty and students outlining their concerns.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.