Some of you may have read the message below on the CAUT Librarians list. I think it is good idea for everyone on the APLA listserv to be aware of what is taking place at the University of Toronto Inforum Library. The issues of lack of due process, consultation, and transparency are particularly troubling.





From: Harriet Sonne de Torrens <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Harriet Sonne de Torrens <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 12:33 AM
To: CAUT Librarians List <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: University of Toronto Inforum Library - A Serious Concern


Dear Colleagues,


We are writing to inform you about a situation that has arisen at the INFORUM library at the University of Toronto. Without any consultation or collegial discussions with the three librarians employed in the library, the Dean of the iSchool and a few of the faculty unilaterally decided to dismantle the library collection. The Inforum library collection is a professional collection that serves information specialists, alumni, faculty and students.  The recent decision was made when two of the three librarians were on research leave (see timeline, ).  Students, faculty and librarians at the University of Toronto have expressed their concern over the shocking way in which this decision has been handled. There has been a complete disregard for the professional expertise, opinions and rights of the professional librarians who maintain the collections and work with the students and faculty.  Students have signed a petition expressing their concern, see .  Individual librarians in the UofT Library system have written letters, see

In addition, 84 librarians at UofT have signed a letter addressed to the Dean, Provost and Chief Library, Larry Alford, a pdf copy is downloadable at :

The unprofessional manner and complete absence of collegiality in how this decision was reached, impacts all in our profession and reflects poorly on the faculty who have disregarded basic academic values and their colleagues’ professional rights at the University of Toronto. We would be grateful for your support, please see the options on this website, . This is a distressing situation for all concerned. Thank you. Harriet


Harriet Sonne de Torrens, MISt., MA, Ph.D., L.M.S. (Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies)

Visual Resources & Liaison Librarian (Fine Arts, Visual Studies, Cinema)

Visual Resource Library, Library & Dept. of Visual Studies

Rm. 3021, CCT Bldg., University of Toronto Mississauga

3359 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

Office: 905-569-4610 /  Email (preferred contact): [log in to unmask]


Member-at-Large, UTFA Executive, University of Toronto Faculty Association

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