The sea of books on the garbage can has been upset this week at the University of Tampere. The fear of closing the library was a false alarm – yet.
ten years ago, the idea of a university seriously planning to give up its libraries sounded nihilistic Ihmebantufrom the series of the TV series. But now we live in just such a world.
A study is underway at the University of Tampere as to whether the university could close down its largest library, the Linna Library. No decisions have been made.
This week, however, students from Tampere have diligently published on social media pictures from the courtyard of the Linna Library, where rubbish bins are swaying academic literature. According to the Castle’s No-Handed Movement, which defends the library, as many as 17,000 books would have been sent on a journey to destruction.
The university has been assured that the bookshops are about managing the collections and not a proactive measure to close the library. Yet the rubbish bins have instantly become a pathetic symbol for both the Linna Library’s closure reflections and, more broadly, the leap of reform that is now blowing in the university world.
The facilities are people, not for the walls, declares the University of Tampere, which campus development strategy Giving up the Castle Library is one way to save money. However, it is not mentioned in the university’s strategy or elsewhere that the reformist spirit of the university field not only disciplines facilities, but also information, research and teaching.
The strategy repeats the words digitalisation, user orientation, accessibility, ecology and sustainability. It is these values that the university invokes when it plans to cut a quarter of the workspaces for students and researchers as well. Researchers’ workspaces will be replaced by multi-purpose learning environments.
“Physical, digital and social campus environments integrate seamlessly, providing new, sustainable ways to learn, explore and work,” the strategy asserts.
Another example of the waves of reform is the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Helsinki, where the Department of Art Studies in particular downtime has been talked about for so long that few are able to be shocked by its latest twists. This year, for example, Chinese and Japanese professorships have been merged, although the languages have little in common.
Except at the university Elsewhere in society, a transformation has begun in Silicon Valley, the results and extent of which can only be guessed at. The development process is best seen in workplaces, where facilities are still being cleared into transparent multi-purpose facilities, although open-plan work, according to several studies, is a burden on a large proportion of people.
Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg said in 2010 that no privacy will no longer interest people in the future. The idea of having your own cubicle with your own screens around the workplace feels nostalgic for a 1990s person after a telework of more than a year at the latest.
In the digitization process, privacy and peace of mind are at stake. But the closure reflections of the Linna Library show that when old structures are reformed on the terms of the corporate world, things like Civilization are also ultimately cost items that are better blown away or thrown in the trash to make an organization look better in productivity and responsibility figures.
But who chooses and on what grounds, which information will be valuable in the future and which will be useless? Reforms can accidentally destroy a huge amount of knowledge, understanding of history, beauty and art.