Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sh*t hits fan, part II (recent developments!)


     At present, the college is abuzz over a remarkable fubar concerning the Library that erupted last week.
     As we reported on Friday (see IVC: the sh*t hits the fan):
     A week and a half ago, out of the blue, construction workers entered the Library and walled over a door to Room 107 (behind the circulation desk), evidently part of a plan to hand the room over to DSPS, which is in desperate need of a space for testing. No one connected with the Library was consulted about this action—certainly not the dean, not even the VPI. No warning was given.
     Naturally, Library faculty, among others, were consternated and outraged. They arranged for a discussion of the situation on the floor of the Academic Senate (last Thursday). Senators decided to have the Academic Senate Prez confront the college President with the facts—an apparent gross violation of both defined processes and his much-ballyhooed alleged "spirit of collaboration" and "civility" at IVC—and to demand that the parties responsible for this outrage be held accountable. 
Library: door becomes wall.
No process
     Last week, I asked a Library insider—someone with a reputation for honesty and integrity—to provide an account of this affair from the Librarians' perspective. Earlier today, he/she provided the following (only slightly edited for clarity), which ends with a surprise:
     Sometime in December 2013, Administrators (I forget who exactly) and Facilities started to examine Library Room 107 as possible testing space for DSPS. We were told that Library 107 should not be used as a “storage room.” But, in fact, Library 107 was not a storage room, for our part-time cataloger’s office was in the room as was our adjunct librarian workstation. The rest of the space was used for book processing and, quite honestly, we still had storage issues even when we had the use of 107.
     Dean Feldhus and the Librarians were told to come up with a “shared-use” space plan for Library 107. Consequently, the Library submitted a plan where roughly 3/4 of the space for 107 would be used for student testing and ¼ would be used for our processing area. There would be a wall separating the two areas.
     At the time, we were told that the use of Library 107 for DSPS testing was temporary and that we would get the room back for Spring 2014.
     That was the status quo, but then facilities people showed up and moved everything out of Room 107 and into Room 201 and other locations on campus. Owing to the suddenness of this action, the Librarians had no time to decide where to move the items originally stored in Room 107, and so ad hoc measures were taken.
Mea culpa posy
     A short while later, desks and chairs were moved into Library 107.
     Then, on Friday, January 24th, Facilities workers [suddenly showed up and] eliminated the access door from the library staff area to Room 107; they drywalled over the door. Needless to say, all of us in the library were shocked and in a state of disbelief. At that point, we realized that the “temporary” situation was in fact permanent, and nobody was considering our shared-use suggestions.
     Owing to unhappiness with the situation, Library faculty decided to submit an agenda item to the Academic Senate. During the Academic Senate meeting last week, discussion of this item was spirited (and very sympathetic to Librarians' perspective).
     After the Senate meeting, the Senate President met with the College President to discuss the situation.
     Then, on February 3, 2014 [i.e., four days later], the College President offered an apparently sincere apology [in what form?] for the situation and took responsibility for everything that happened. He assured the Library that a minor renovation project would begin soon to relieve the space issue and input from Library staff will be taken into account for this project. [END]
     It seems to me that an apology ain't worth much if nobody knows about it. This is the first I've heard about Glenn's alleged mea culpa. Was there a memo I missed?
     It's no secret that VP of SS Linda Fontanilla was very involved in this snafu. Will we (or the Librarians) be hearing from her as well? Perhaps the Librarians will each be sent a mystery apology posy and that will be that.
     I remind readers that, as explained on Friday, the Library snafu is only one in a series of events and circumstances that reflect the fraudulence—or at least emptiness—of administration's noisy embrace of collaboration, openness, and civility.


14 comments:

  1. Yeah, the apology from Glenn and Linda will be akin to:
    "Sorry 'bout that" and then nothing. Let's face it, the Pres and the VPSS don't feel they have to communicate with anyone. They just take charge and the campus be damned.

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  2. Hey, the next time they want to seal up some doors, I know a few over in A100 that really could use it.

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  3. You know, another in all this is that the library staff has really been working hard at making the place effective and vital - I won't go into the sad details of the past. So this kind of behavior is even more disappointing. It shows such disrespect for the good work that good people have done. It reminds me me of Gensler. No confidence.

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  4. The new hires in the library have been just great AND they do so much for the college outside the library. Wonderful colleagues in every way and the results show. So a move like this is just awful. As a longtime employee here at IVC, I am almost embarrassed by this even though I had nothing to do with it. I want to apologize and tell them that we are not all like this. But of course they know that. Very sad. Why should the rest of us be concerned - because Glenn and Linda could do the same thing with YOUR resources.

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    1. Putin could use both Glen and Linda in his mix of thugs

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  5. Sometimes new hires think the old timers exaggerate about Glen and Co. - and then this happens. We need new leadership - not only in administration but also faculty. No disrespect but people are stretched thin and the admin need to hear NEW voices so they understand our depth and breadth. More leaders, not fewer.

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  6. Wow! What a catastrophe! OMG!!! The world is going to end!

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    1. The original post discussed, not merely this incident, but a series of incidents reflecting the fraudulence of Roquemore and Co's noisy embrace of "cooperation," "transparency," "civility," and the like. Is this pattern a "catastrophe"? Of course not. Is there a crisis in leadership? You bet. --RB

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    2. "…a crisis in leadership?" Well, it appears to the casual observer that those of you disagreeing with the way a person or group of people leads is simply a manifested crises of those that disagree. The "crisis" you speak of (or perhaps, your group-think agenda) is manufactured in your heads. This blog spends an extraordinary amount of time trying to justify your "rightness," (no pun intended :-)

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    3. 12:14, you observation is evidently "casual" to the point of blindness. The problem with Roquemore isn't that we disagree with him; it's that he's incompetent, corrupt, and pretends to be what he is not. A "casual" perusal of this blog will explain why we've been saying that for quite some time.

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    4. Just because you've been saying so for quite some time doesn't make it factual. You are what you think - is there anything positive going on at your institution? If so, be grateful. If not, why do you stay there?

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    5. Yeah, don't complain. At least the trains run on time.

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  7. Your president has been around a long time at IVC - he's obviously done something right.

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