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.

Read the petition HERE.

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

SLAM joins with other students at Harvard to demand NO LAYOFFS in Harvard's libraries.

Read more:

Crimson article on proposed layoffs

Crimson article on worker protest about layoffs

Op-ed by Geoff Carens: No Layoffs in Harvard Libraries

No Layoffs Campaign blog

Important links:

Petition for academic librarians

Petition for workers demanding HUCTW protect their rights

Petition of students demanding NO LAYOFFS!

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