These workshops aim to help students and faculty familiarize themselves with various databases and provide basic tutorials regarding research.
Budget Chairman Jack Blevins: “It’s a lot more focused to what students want.”
User Engagement Librarian Grace Atkins: “We understand that hours are the priority, and we are trying to get them back.”
MU Libraries spokeswoman Shannon Cary: “The library has purchased automatic check-out machines to help deal with decreases in staff.”
The petition is gaining speed with over 2,000 supporters as of Thursday evening.
MU Libraries are searching for more funding and have raised $6 million so far.
Without funding from the proposed library fee, the libraries may have to decrease their hours.
Matt Gaunt, director of advancement for MU Libraries: “I think a lot of undergraduates don’t know what they’re missing. You don’t understand what kind of services and information literacy skills are being developed by students at other universities.”
After months of controversy, students decided that funding the library should not be entirely their responsibility.
Their opinion conflicts with MSA Senate, which passed a resolution endorsing the fee.
The vote is a decision between two negative outcomes.
"Your libraries are the ONLY academic division on campus that does NOT have a designated student fee."
While students understand that the library needs funding, some feel that administration has put the responsibility fully on them
Students will vote for the fee on Nov. 9.
Ellis Library, the Counseling Center and graduate students all deserve prioritization.
“The library is the cornerstone of this great institution of higher learning,” Head said.
“The chancellor can’t impose this fee on you,” MU Libraries Director of Development Matt Gaunt said. “The library can’t impose this fee on you. The students are the only ones who can implement it.”
The fee will be voted on by students during the MSA presidential election in the fall.
MU lacks world-class library facilities, and the proposed fee would be a great step toward fixing that.
The sophomore received funding from an MU committee for the project.