Greta’s tweet triggered instant anger & humorless laughing for me, so I’m glad someone took the time to explain why she’s wrong. I’ve been in several university libraries & none of them are vanity projects in any way.
This morning, media personality Greta Van Susteren tweeted out:
Colleges should stop building vanity projects like huge libraries and billing students-full libraries are on our smartphones! https://t.co/QBeVKZvIKZ
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) October 31, 2016
A vanity project? Hah! No library I’ve ever worked in could be called a “vanity project.”
The tweet was in response to a Yahoo Finance article: College is Still Getting More Expensive: What Can Stop It?
No real surprises here: College is too expensive and yes, debt is a concern for most students and families–something that most of us agree with.
The comment about smartphones? A flippant remark that reveals a real lack of understanding about academic research and how information is accessible to students.
But a vanity project? A 2012 article on InsideHigherEd.com reported that library budgets as a percentage of the total university budget had fallen from a high of 3.83% in 1974…
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