Magazine article American Libraries

GSLIS "Disestablished" at UCLA; Task Force Acts to Save MLS, Ph.D

Magazine article American Libraries

GSLIS "Disestablished" at UCLA; Task Force Acts to Save MLS, Ph.D

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Already reeling from gutted budgets and the ongoing threat to library education at UC/Berkeley (AL, Apr., p. 286), California librarians were further staggered by the surprise announcement that UCLA's Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) would close, effective July 1, 1994. Despite this surfeit of bad news--or perhaps because of it--GSLIS faculty, students, staff, and alumni and librarians across the state quickly mounted the UCLA/GSLIS Task Force to Save Our Programs and Our Profession.

"We're pragmatists. We want to save our degree programs," Maureen Russell, cochair of the UCLA/GSLIS task force and president of the GSLIS alumni association, told AL. Russell, who works in UCLA's ethno-musicology archives, explained that the university can "disestablish" administrative units such as GSLIS, but only the Academic Senate can do away with a degree program.

Responding to deep cuts

The university's restructuring plan, announced June 3, would eliminate or significantly downsize the schools of social welfare, nursing, architecture and urban planning, public health, and library and information science and create a school of public policy. All the units would cease to be autonomous schools, but the bachelor's degree in nursing and the library degree programs are to be dropped. The restructuring is a response to deep cuts in state support suffered by UCLA since 1990. Some 109 administrative and 31 temporary faculty positions will be eliminated.

Some of the affected schools have reacted with bitter denunciations of the administration. …

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