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U. of Wisconsin Library Dean Resigns over IBM Contract

Magazine article American Libraries

U. of Wisconsin Library Dean Resigns over IBM Contract

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U. of Wisconsin library dean resigns over IBM contract

Because the university simultaneously negotiated a $4 million deal with IBM and courted a $5 million gift from the company, D. Kaye Gapen's service as a consultant to IBM while she was dean of libraries at the University of Wisconsin/Madison may constitute a conflict of interest, according to charges made Sept. 7 by State Senator Lynn Adelman. Those charges and a series of fiscal troubles replete with innuendos about the dean's ability and credibility (AL, June, p. 481) led to her resignation on Sept. 21.

Gapen told Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs David Ward that she was resigning the directorship, which she has held since 1984, because of her "inability to provide effective leadership in the midst of the spotlight that has been trained recently on library affairs."

Though Gapen remains on staff as a senior academic librarian, she was unavailable for comment in mid-October. Other university officials say they have no comment on the matter until completion of an investigation by Arlen Christianson, professor of law at UW/Madison and former deputy U.S. attorney.

Christianson's investigation should be completed in three to six weeks, Ward told AL, and will look into possible violations of university rules in connection with the purchase of a $4 million IBM mainframe by the Administrative Data Processing office and a proposed $5 million grant from the company for a computer imaging project in the GLS, which Gapen promoted heavily. …

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