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Letter to the Dean of Science, UQ.
Petition Background (Preamble):
Concerns regarding the collections to be discarded, and how it was to be done, were raised by academics, technical staff, and myself on behalf of an interested student group. Those staff I have spoken with, and I, were assured that all books to be 'discarded' would be duplicates of old textbooks, journals accessible electronically, "superseded editions, non-scholarly material, out-of-date dictionaries and encyclopaedias, and so on."
With regards to the materials discarded, I was informed, "Had it been of lasting worth, it would not have been discarded."
I have now learned "Despite assurances that they would only discard items that were available as electronic resources, 88 % of what they threw out amongst QE journals are not available electronically and almost none of them have holdings elsewhere in Australia" and that "library staff have discarded the majority of palaeontology and geology literature" despite the fact that "we were told point blank that palaeontology was done at UQ".
These and similar comments and actions are of great concern to staff, students and alumni of this faculty, and the greater body of the University.
The Letter to the Dean of Science, UQ. petition to Prof Stephen Walker Executive Dean of Science, UQ was written by Tamara Fletcher and is in the category Education at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: uq, university of queensland, library, biological, dorothy hill