"My reaction is two-fold. On a personal level, I'm in the School of Architecture and my most regular use of Fine Arts was to check out DVDs. The huge advantage was being able, on a impulse, to go in and check out several videos that moment. I haven't checked out a single DVD in two… Continue reading UT School of Architecture Student
"A library is a treasure trove of knowledge, organized so that relevant material is within reach of any given research topic. Digital searches can never replicate that. One cannot search for what does not know one is looking for. Faculty and students are ever more pressed for time. Moving the library off campus will deter… Continue reading North Hennepin Community College Faculty Member
"Where would I have been without the Fine Arts and the Architecture Libraries at UCLA as an undergrad and then at UC Berkeley as a grad student? I found my way to the study of urban history (at these public universities) through art and architecture. How could I possibly begin to understand the deeply layered… Continue reading California College of the Arts Faculty Member
"I was on the library committee at my institution. We built MORE library space and have never regretted it. It is shocking that a flagship R1 of UT's standing would even contemplate this."
Dear Members of the FAL Task Force That we need a task force to settle the issue of the Fine Arts Library is in and of itself extraordinary. Reorganizing and repurposing FAL without consulting those most affected is mind-boggling. The university is not a corporation, nor are deans, presidents, and provosts CEOs. Faculty members are… Continue reading Letter from UT Prof. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History
"The debate over the Fine Arts Library ought to be one of accountability: how is it possible that a special collection library of national distinction that took decades to build has been destroyed without consultation? This is the crux of the matter, not whether books circulated or not. We have a number of special collections… Continue reading Statement by UT Prof. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History
"When I was looking at colleges last year, one of the things that excited me most about UT was the libraries. This is a slap in the face to those who do use the books, whether it be for studying or leisurely reading."