The library director at a private Catholic university has reinstated the library’s print subscription to the New York Times after pulling it in protest to the newspaper’s report about a secret government program to track terrorist financing.
Mendall D. Morgan Jr., dean of library services at the University of the Incarnate Word, said that while he did not believe his decision to use the library as a forum for personal protest was inappropriate, he did regret failing to consult library staffers.
“In retrospect, I made a personal decision perhaps in too great haste and did not seek other input,” Morgan said. “I wanted to send a message in protest.”
Morgan announced Friday that he was reinstating the subscription. He also said that he again may cancel the it, but not before engaging the university community in a discussion about the topic and reaching consensus.
On Wednesday, he had e-mailed staffers to tell them he had decided to remove the newspaper and cancel the subscription. But library staffers protested and called the decision censorship.
Those who opposed Morgan’s move, including library staffers Jennifer Romo and Tom Rice, argued publicly it was wrong to deny students access to the newspaper because of a personal disagreement with its coverage.
The Bush administration and conservatives have blasted the leaked reports about the program, claiming the Times endangered national security.