By Logan Hullinger
INDIANA — Opposition to an administration plan to remove more than a third of the books in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania library has spread beyond the campus. Opponents now include alumni and a distinguished former faculty member.
The “weeding” project – which supporters call “deaccessioning” — seeks to rid the building of 172,161 of its 486,000 books by spring 2019, under a plan initiated by library dean Luis J. Gonzalez. That’s the equivalent of clearing out the second story of the four-floor facility.
On Nov. 15, former faculty member Charles D. Cashdollar, a retired IUP history professor and distinguished alumnus, addressed an eight-page, single-spaced letter to university President Michael A. Driscoll and Provost Timothy S. Moerland.
A whistleblower provided a copy to The HawkEye. On Dec. 1, Cashdollar confirmed authorship but declined comment in a brief phone interview.
The forceful letter described the weeding project as a “knife through the heart,” especially for the social sciences.