Support Academic Librarians!
Harvard Librarians are undergoing a staff reorganization to create "the flagship library of the 21st." Librarians and library workers were asked to participate in the process by contributing new innovative ideas in the course of talks over the past year. We were then informed in the most recent Town Meeting, that a smaller workforce was required, this would be achieved within the current fiscal year, our jobs would no longer exist, and we would be required to apply for the new jobs that would be created. If Harvard is leading the way for all academic libraries, it is a dire prediction indeed. College and university librarians and library workers, contribute to the advancement of scholarship of the academic community. We assist students, faculty and scholars in locating the resources they need without evaluating or critiquing them. We support innovation and change in the academic libraries, but ask to achieve it in a way that respects our contributions to the profession and to the academic community. We would like to establish guidelines at the American Library Association Level for library reorganizations in academic libraries that govern the pace, participation, procedures, and information sharing, so that excellence, institutional memory, and experience are preserved along with innovation, streamlined procedures and technological advances.