Cody Stanley, Grand Forks, Published February 21 2014
Letter: UND library being evisceratedIn relation to the new assessment program starting at the University of North Dakota, President Robert O. Kelley recently stated in an article in the Grand Forks Herald, that “We are establishing a process that, over a multiyear period, will enable us to shift resources towards programs and support functions essential to our liberal arts foundation and our mission of teaching and learning, research, scholarship and creative activity, and service.”
I would like to know how Kelley can state that he wants to support UND’s liberal arts heart and soul, and yet allow the library budget to be cut by at least $500,000, if not as much as $750,000?
This is not a case of transitioning from physical to online materials; this is a shot at the heart of what it means to produce a liberal arts education. One cannot have a strong liberal arts core at a university and have this draconian level of cuts to the library.
This major contradiction between Kelley’s words and actions make one wonder what the real goal is with the “Program and Support Prioritization” process. What liberal arts program or department will be reduced or simply eliminated? It is a sad day to see the great Chester Fritz Library being slowly eviscerated by those who are tasked with protecting it.