So, perhaps saving the Art Library isn’t as easy as the title of this post suggests. But, shouldn’t it be that easy? Whether you’re an Art History Major, lover of quiet study spaces, Art Library employee, or just generally don’t appreciate the Administrative oversight of student, faculty, and staff voices in the Art Library’s imminent closure, please sign the petition for the reasons outlined below:
1) Keep the Art Library in the Center for the Arts; keep art books near art class. Just as Hall-Atwater, Shanklin, and Exley surround the Science Library’s collection, the Center for the Arts should surround the Art Library’s collection, creating a hub for Arts’ students.
2) The Art Library is a sanctuary for academic study that the Administration cannot replicate within Olin. This cherished study space fosters a unique, close-knit, and intellectual community not only for students of the Arts, but for all students.
3) The Art Library has in its collection some of Wesleyan’s most valuable items, which may not receive adequate oversight if moved to Olin. We must continue to prioritize the Arts by housing the collection in a physical space which appropriately celebrates its purpose, rather than confine the collection to a monolithic repository.
4) The closure of the Art Library and consolidation of the collection will result in the loss of a dozen student jobs. This reduction of student jobs proves particularly alarming on an already competitive campus with regard to student employment.
5) We, as members of the Wesleyan community, assert our right to be involved in Art Library decision-making. This plan is a purely administrative decision that is going forward without any input from students, faculty, or staff.