In a recent bargaining session with unionized librarians, UC administrators rejected the a proposal to recognize academic freedom for librarians. According to UC-AFT, negotiators for the university argued that academic freedom is “not a good fit” for librarians and claimed to have consulted Senate faculty on the topic.
Quite the opposite is true, and faculty from across the system have written to President Napolitano to defend academic freedom for librarians. Librarians are professional who work closely with faculty and students in support of research and teaching. It is a long-standing policy of the American Association of University Professors that librarians share the same rights of academic freedom as faculty and students.
You can support our colleagues in the library by adding your name to a petition defending their academic freedom.
Librarians have set up a blog to share their views.