Magazine article American Libraries

LSU Library School Faces Loss of Autonomy

Magazine article American Libraries

LSU Library School Faces Loss of Autonomy

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At an April 14 faculty forum, Louisiana State University Chancellor Michael V. Martin announced major changes in the school's organization that would affect the School of Library and Information Science. Effective July 1, he explained, the school is to be incorporated into a new and as-yet-unnamed college that would also include the current College of Education and School of Social Work. Martin said in the April 15 Baton Rouge Advocate that the plan was not in response to a pending $34-million budget cut from the state.

Although there had been indications that a campuswide reorganization plan was under consideration, the announcement took many faculty by surprise. "None of the deans were involved in the decision-making process," SLIS Dean Beth Paskoff told American Libraries, "or knew about any details before the end of March."

LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope said in the May 6 Greater Baton Rouge Business Report that the faculty's negative reaction to the plan was stronger than any he had ever seen. The plan still must undergo scrutiny by both the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Board of Regents before it is finalized, which leads Cope to think that full approval may take longer than the proposed July 1 deadline. …

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