University of Kansas Librarians “In Solidarity with UC Librarians”

Our librarian colleagues from the University of Kansas library system have issued a letter of support for our fight for academic freedom.  Read their blog post, In Solidarity with UC Librarians, and see below the text of the letter sent to UC President Napolitano and the UC Board of Regents. UC-AFT is grateful for their strong show of support! The letter adds to the mounting evidence that the UC Administration’s stance on this issue is causing harm to the reputation of the university.

September 10, 2018

President Janet Napolitano
University of California
1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

Dear President Napolitano:

The librarians represented by the Library Faculty Assembly of the University of Kansas Libraries write in support of academic freedom for librarians in solidarity with our colleagues in the University of California system. Academic freedom is vital to the successful functioning of academic librarianship.

We depend on it when we publish scholarship critical of for-profit academic publishing practices; when we collect, curate, exhibit and provide access to controversial content; when we highlight marginalized people and issues in teaching information literacy. Without the protection of academic freedom, these and many other vital functions are undermined, to the detriment of our students, faculty, staff, institution, profession, and society.

We therefore urge you to instruct UC negotiators to grant academic freedom to university librarians as they rightly deserve and have requested.

Sincerely,

[signed]

Lars Leon, Chair
Library Faculty Assembly Executive Committee
University of Kansas Libraries
cc: UC Regents regentsoffice@ucop.edu

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