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Lura Joseph, Mahomet, Ill., Published February 17 2014

Letter: It’s a bizarre situation at the NDSU libraries

I have been reading about the situation with the North Dakota State University Library, reported in The Forum. I am finding the whole situation very bizarre. I was a librarian at the NDSU Library from 1994 to 2001, leaving to take a position with faculty status and increase in salary. The librarians at NDSU were of the highest caliber. They were professional, knowledgeable, collegial, had an admirable work ethic, loved their jobs and had an excellent service attitude.

In the years since leaving, I have remained in contact with the librarians, many of the other library staff and many of the teaching faculty at NDSU. The librarians were the most valuable assets of the library; the physical collections being rather meager for a research institution.

While there, and in the years since leaving, I do not remember hearing one negative comment about the library staff from the NDSU faculty members, nor from NDSU students who I have encountered when visiting there and at conferences.

It is beyond my comprehension that the university would hire someone to get rid of such high-quality, valuable individuals. It also sounds like the process was inhumane and cruel. It is beyond imagining that 30 people deserve this sort of treatment. I commend The Forum for reporting on these circumstances.