Monday, April 13, 2015

Professors’ letter urges archivist’s reinstatement

Register Guard
April 13th, 2015


More than 100 University of Oregon professors have signed a letter urging the university to reinstate archivist James Fox.
Fox was one of two UO library archivists who lost their jobs because of the roles they played in providing 25,000 pages of unfiltered presidential archives to a professor.
The other archivist, Kiro Homo, has since resigned for “personal reasons,” university officials have said.
The letter sent earlier this month to Interim President Scott Coltrane and other top administrators says managers have failed to manage records properly and to give librarians enough resources to handle them. It says Fox helped to fix a long-standing records situation and should not be fired.
Fox was the 15-year director of UO special collections and university archives. His resume says he’s a UO associate professor who teaches in the UO’s history department and Honors College.
Fox’s employment status is tenuous. He was placed on paid administrative leave after the university discovered the release of the presidential documents. 

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