Harvard spokesman disses libraries

In an article in the Harvard Crimson about recent budget cuts, Harvard Business School spokesman Brian C. Kenny:

said the staff cuts were made strategically and that they came mainly from areas that do not directly affect students, such as alumni relations, fundraising, libraries, and IT.

“The guiding principle for the dean and school leadership throughout the year has been that we need to take every measure to preserve the core work of the School—teaching and faculty scholarship,” Kenny said.

Wow. Just wow.

I wonder if anyone asked students if libraries affect them? Our business school library is chock full of students every time I stop by.

How exactly do you “preserve faculty scholarship” without access to existing scholarship? And once those faculty publish their scholarship, does Kenny expect them to collect and preserve it themselves?

I get that libraries have to take their fair share of cuts in these tough times. Stanford libraries certainly took our share.
But to suggest that libraries don’t directly affect students? Again — just wow.

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