These workshops aim to help students and faculty familiarize themselves with various databases and provide basic tutorials regarding research.
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.”
An OER is any resource that professors can use in the classroom free of cost to students
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.
MU’s struggle to attract freshmen has led to budget shortages and closed residence halls.
Without funding from the proposed library fee, the libraries may have to decrease their hours.
“They’re supposed to be a support function, but somehow they are dictating academics … so what value is (the) system supposed to play?” council member Jung Ha-Brookshire asked.
“Racism at the University of Missouri will not be a simple fix,” student Danielle Walker said.
The vote is a decision between two negative outcomes.
If passed, the fee could raise $13 million at its highest rate.
“This unresolved situation erodes our ability to perform faculty duties of teaching, research and outreach,” the statement read.
"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 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 would start at $5 per credit hour and eventually increase to $15, creating nearly $13 million in new revenue for the libraries.
The exhibit will include presentations and events through Oct. 31.