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"Masters of the Fax Attack" Save So. Miss. Library School

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A deluge of calls, letters, petitions, and visits from librarians to University of Southern Mississippi President Aubrey K. Lucas and other top administrators has saved the School of Library Science (SLS) from closing. Lucas reversed a recommendation from a campus committee and reported to a state higher education coordinating office that the program should be maintained.

Every program in every state-supported university in financially hard-pressed Mississippi underwent a program review during 1991. In the fall, a committee examined the SLS and recommended to Lucas that it be closed.

SLS Director Joy Greiner told AL that the president and other top administrators were "overwhelmed by the tremendous response from the library community." She added that one administrator described SLS faculty and students as "masters of the fax attack." She described the response of librarians, working singly and in groups, as "quite amazing," and cited the Mississippi Library Association, the state chapter of the Special Libraries Association, alumni, and even library educators at Louisiana State University for their strong - and effective - support.

"The president," she noted, "was very fair; but he needed to have a reason to overturn the recommendation. …