This situation has suddenly cropped up all over the web, with lots of my friends (and plenty of people I don’t know) justifiably furious. It is, in a word, fuckingridiculous.
Via Chris Creagh- Murdoch University have told Grant Stone that his services are no longer required. He has been given 10 days to respond. He was told that SCIENCE FICTION and POPULAR CULTURE are no longer core to the librarys activities! More news on what we might be able to do about this on Monday. Please post this as widely as possible.
While this is really bad news for Grant, the big picture is that Murdoch University has one of the best genre collections in Australia. It is of great academic importance, and to lose this would be a tragedy and a travesty.
Not to mention the complete insanity that apparently popular culture is not a core activity of the library. What kind of bureaucratic madness is that? This is a collection that’s been developed by Grant Stone since the 70s. If you’re a genre fan, or even a fan of “popular culture”, get on board and spread the message of how outraged you are by this. And, while I’d never condone the mass hassling of a University, if that was something you felt inclined towards you can find a very relevant phone number and email address here. Also, write to your local MPs, the Prime Minister, the Vice Chancellor of the Uni, etc. If anyone has the number of the A-Team, give them a heads up while you’re at it.