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Victory for the UCB Library Occupation!

Susan Notes:

A few days ago I posted an item about the cutback in services at the UC Berkeley anthropology library--and the occupation. Now look at this: Good News to report.

by Cal Update

Mass direct action works. The UC Berkeley Anthropology library occupation won its demands to restore fully the library hours to Fall 2011 levels and hire a full-time new librarian to permanently staff these hours. At about 7:30PM Saturday night, the administration signed a written agreement that fully met the occupation's demands.

This is a tremendous victory, made possible by a powerful alliance of students, faculty, and the Occupy movement. Now let's deepen this momentum by building even bigger and broader actions to reverse the cuts and fee hikes, such as the March 1-5 Statewide and National actions in Defense of Public Education and Social Services.

The administration signed the following agreement:

"1. On Monday, January 23rd signs will go up that the library hours will be restored to the Fall 2011 schedule -- opening at 9:00AM and closing at 6:00PM on weekdays, and open from 1:00 to 6:00PM on Saturday and Sunday. On an interim basis staffing for this position will be by Undergraduate or Graduate student workers, hired under normal procedures. The first day with the new hours will depend on how quickly students for this work can be recruited. The recruitment will begin this Monday morning January 23rd.

"2. The Library commits to post a position to support the full circulation services needed by all users of the Anthropology Library as soon as this can be written and approved and to commence interviews for the position within 30 days of the signature of this Agreement. " ---- Signed by Administration Representative: Tom Leonard, University Librarian on January 21, 2012."

(Note: The Anthropology faculty have agreed to help staff the Library's full hours beginning Monday, Jan. 23rd until the interim student hire is made.)

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