MU Libraries' irreparable moldy books will be available online

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 8:28 p.m. CDT; updated 12:17 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 4, 2014

COLUMBIA — MU Libraries confirmed Thursday that about 400,000 of the 600,000 books exposed to mold last fall will be saved, and the remainder will be available online.

The estimate, delivered at Thursday's MU Faculty Council meeting, tacks closely to the prediction MU Libraries Director Jim Cogswell made in February.

A list of the books to be destroyed will be available Sept. 1 for faculty review, said Dan Hooley, who heads the Faculty Council committee working with MU Libraries on the remediation process.

A contractor to repair the books has been selected and will be announced later, he said. The process is expected to go on until June 2015.

Also discussed at the Faculty Council meeting were midyear raises, the search for a new provost, and facility construction plans and space management requests.

Faculty raises

Interim Provost Ken Dean announced $1.7 million has been allocated to give midyear raises to 217 faculty members.

The raises will be 10 percent of their current salary or $15,000, whichever is less, he said.

Provost search

Dean also updated faculty on the search for a new provost.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin has selected a 15-member search committee that includes eight faculty members. A search firm will also be hired for the process, Dean said.

The goal is to identify candidates over the summer, bring the best two to four of them to campus in early September and hire a new provost near the end of September.

Dean called it "a doable, but aggressive timeline."

Facility committees

Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Gary Ward presented the new shared governance structure for construction and space management.

Facility construction plans and space management requests will be submitted to two respective committees, composed primarily of faculty members.

The committees will provide recommendations for the plans, then submit them to the Capital Review Committee. That committee will recommend funding plans to the chancellor, who will make all the final decisions on plans.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton.

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