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Petitioning Harvard University Library Executive Director Helen Shenton and 2 others
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Harvard University Library Executive Director
Helen Shenton
Harvard University President
Drew Faust
Harvard University Executive Vice President
Katie Lapp

Students Demand No Layoffs at Harvard Libraries!

The Harvard University Library Executive Director Helen Shenton just announced a plan to restructure the Harvard library system and make it more "efficient."

She plans to fund this by laying off some workers and restructuring the jobs of others. She threatened to cut jobs by “voluntary and involuntary means,” leaving library workers anxious by refusing to provide details about the plan and recommending that they upload their resumes online.

Unemployment rates are still at record highs, making it nearly impossible to find new jobs, especially for older workers. At the same time, Harvard’s endowment just jumped 21% to $32 billion.

Harvard's libraries are not overstaffed: in fact, they're still recovering from staff cuts three years ago. Our university has the money to keep all of its workers employed.

A petition started by a library worker notes that “college and university librarians and library workers contribute to the advancement of scholarship of the academic community.”

As members of the Harvard community, we care both about the academic quality of our libraries and the ethical quality of our university. Thus, we demand that Harvard not lay off library workers while it has the money to keep them and that any restructuring of the librariestake place with consideration for the workers who staff them.

We students, faculty, and staff join Harvard library workers in demanding: NO LAYOFFS AT HARVARD LIBRARIES.


Letter to
Harvard University Library Executive Director Helen Shenton
Harvard University President Drew Faust
Harvard University Executive Vice President Katie Lapp
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Harvard University Library Executive Director Helen Shenton.

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No Layoffs at Harvard Libraries

The Harvard University Library Executive Director Helen Shenton just announced a plan to restructure the Harvard library system and make it more efficient and high-tech. She plans to fund this by laying off some workers and restructuring the jobs of others. She threatened to cut jobs by “voluntary and involuntary means,” and terrified library workers by refusing to provide details about the plan and recommending that they upload their resumes online.

Unemployment rates are still at record highs, making it nearly impossible to find new job nearly impossible, especially for older workers. At the same time, Harvard’s endowment just jumped 21% to $32 billion. Harvard has the money to keep all of its workers employed.

A petition started by a library worker notes that “college and university librarians and library workers contribute to the advancement of scholarship of the academic community. We assist students, faculty, and scholars in locating the resources they need without evaluating or critiquing them.”

We are students who care both about the academic quality of our libraries and the ethical quality of our university. We demand that Harvard not lay off library workers while it has the money to keep them and restructure its libraries with consideration for the workers who staff them.

We students join Harvard staff members in demanding NO LAYOFFS FOR HARVARD LIBRARIES.
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Sincerely,