A friend at Wellesley sent me this memo from its faculty-staff organization.
From: Steven Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Another arts institution has been targeted for elimination. In an
attempt to cut costs during the recession, UCLA has decided to shutter
its long-standing Arts Librarypermanently. As many of you may know,
this library has particularly strong holdings in non-Western materials.
Here is the text of our petition and a short explanation of the current
UCLA Library Management, behind closed doors and without consultation with
the UCLA community, has decided to close its Arts Library, potentially as
soon as January 2010.
For decades, the Arts Library has served faculty, students and the Southern
California community as an essential cultural resource. In terms of research
and scholarship it supports some of the nation's best programs in the arts,
architecture, art history, film, television, theater and the humanities.
With over 270,000 volumes and unique collections, the Arts Library is a
singular institution in Los Angeles, a burgeoning center for the arts. It
must be preserved.
We understand that the UCLA Library must meet a nearly $2 million shortfall.
However, the permanent elimination of an critical UCLA institution must not
be the solution to a short term budget crisis.
Associate Professor of African and African American Art History
UCLA, Department of Art History
405 N. Hilgard Ave.; PO Box 951417
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1417