June 20, 2021

University of Arkansas: Petition to ‘Save’ Library Fills Up; Effort at UA Nets 4,000 Signatures”

From the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

Rows and rows of shelves now sit empty on the third and fourth floors of the David W. Mullins Library at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Rows and rows of shelves now sit empty on the third and fourth floors of the David W. Mullins Library at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Most books and other printed materials have been moved to a storage facility about a half-mile from the main campus, with printed materials in the largest campus library down from about 1.2 million to more than 210,000, Kelsey Lovewell, public relations coordinator for UA’s libraries, said Thursday.

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But a petition effort seeking to “save” Mullins Library, started in late June, had more than 4,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

Noah Nelson, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, said he signed the Change.org petition with the comment: “If you take 86% of Mullins Library’s collection away, you no longer have Mullins Library. Shouldn’t that percentage be much lower?”

Read the Complete Article (Including Comments from Rick Anderson, University of Utah

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