SOAS management are proposing to cut nearly 25% of staff at SOAS Library, as part of the One Professional Service (OPS) restructuring 2018/19.
SOAS Library is the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and one of the world’s leading academic libraries, heavily used by students, academics, and the general public. These cuts would have a devastating impact on Library services and threaten the future of this internationally important collection.
The proposed cuts include half of all Subject Librarians (including those supporting collections in Anthropology, Ancient Near East, Art History, Economics, Finance, Gender, History, Jewish studies, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Migration, Politics, Religion, and Sociology), as well as key posts in the Library’s Customer Services (including the entire evening/weekend team), Bibliographic Services (cataloguing staff), Electronic Services, and Archives & Special Collections. These staffing cuts would have huge consequences for all areas of Library operations, from day-to-day user support to long-term collection development.
There is further information about the proposed SOAS Library cuts and our campaign on the campaign’s Wakelet website. Including a point-by-point response written by Library staff to the claims made by SOAS Registrar, Paula Sanderson, in her December public statement (+ Q&A) on the proposed cuts. Please also follow the campaign’s Twitter account: @SaveSOASLibrary and Facebook page: SaveSOASLibrary.