February 25, 2018

U. of Idaho Library Realignment Criticized by Faculty

By LJ Staff

Some 75 faculty members at the University of Idaho (UI) have signed a
petition protesting President Bob Hoover’s moving the university’s library under
Information Technology Services (ITS) as part of a massive realignment caused by
a budget shortfall. As of March 15, the UI library no longer reported to the
university’s academic vice president or provost but to the vice-provost and
chief information officer. According to a letter that was distributed
university-wide, faculty members are concerned that the restructuring creates a
“framework for dismantling the library as an autonomous academic unit.” The
critics said that realigning the library offers no short-term cost savings and
seems to hinge entirely on the belief that library services will eventually be
driven entirely by technology. Dean of Libraries Ron Force said the show of
support from faculty was heartening.