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Page history last edited by Nalini Singh 1 year, 8 months ago

photo of inforum stacks by gordon belray

Save the Inforum Library collection

Advocate for due process, collegiality, and transparency


The purpose of this wiki is to empower our stakeholders and the academic librarian community with information regarding the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information administration's decision to dismantle and disperse the Inforum Library's specialized collection across the other University of Toronto Library System (UTLS) libraries.


AUGUST 6, 2019: INFORUM COLLECTION MOVE SLATED FOR AUGUST 8 & 9, 2019.  See new timeline post for more details.





poster saying 'a library without books is not a library'THERE'S STILL HOPE 


The Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas at Austin recently faced the same scenario: their academic library collections were slated to move without due process.  This email (March 16, 2018) alerted the wider community to their circumstances and advocacy efforts. Since then, their provost has listened to the objections of the Fine Arts students and faculty to these changes to their library and has decided to halt moving more FAL collections (see provost's response, April 6, 2018). More about the Save UT Libraries campaign.




The University of Auckland has also been in the news recently.  Administration plans to close some of its subject specialty libraries, such as the Fine Arts Library, the Architecture Library, and others have been met with vociferous student protest. In this article, students said that they were not part of the consultation process.


AUTHORSHIP: The authors of the wiki are the three full-time Inforum librarians ­– Kathleen Scheaffer, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian; Nalini Singh, Reference Services Coordinator; and, Elisa Sze, Collections & Public Services Librarian.  The professional assessment of these librarians are rooted in over 40 years of collective experience serving Inforum users.


DISCLAIMER: The content of this site was drafted by librarians working directly with the Inforum collection. These materials were drafted by them in their capacity as appointed U of T librarians. The views expressed on this site do not reflect the views of any organization or entity associated with the drafters, unless otherwise expressly stated.


Images used on this page
"Inforum stacks" photograph by Gordon Belray

"Flyers posted outside the Art Building" photograph by the Save UT Libraries! campaign, https://saveutlibraries.com/#jp-carousel-100 


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