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 need to economize and to cut a professor's position at the level of the Philosophical Faculty (12 institutes, 10,000 students). However, unlike at other institutes, the cut of a professor in information science would entail the <strong><span style='font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'>closure of the whole department, affecting four degree programs, more than 10 university lecturers and almost 1,000 students</span></strong>, as Prof. Stock is the only full information science professor in Düsseldorf.</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>The imminent closure represents a <strong><span style='font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'>great loss not only for the greater field of information science but also for bibliometrics research and education</span></strong>. Bibliometrics and scientometrics are inherent parts of the curriculum in Düsseldorf. Alumni, doctoral students as well as BA and MA students frequently present their research at international conferences such as ISSI, STI and the ASIS&T SIG/MET workshop. Information science students from Düsseldorf also play a role in bibliometric analyses for research funders and universities, as the research center in Jülich involves them in bibliometric contract work. </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>I consider the planned closure short-sighted, ill-conceived and disastrous for information science and bibliometric education and research in Germany and Europe.</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>As an alumna  I strongly oppose the dean's decision to cut Prof. Stock's position and close the department and kindly <strong><span style='font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'>ask for your support</span></strong>:</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>The student body has started an <strong><span style='font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'>online petition</span></strong> to protest against the closure, which has already gathered more than 700 signatures: </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'><a href="http://change.org/saveIWS"><span lang=EN-US>change.org/saveIWS</span></a></span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>My colleagues Dirk Lewandowski, Jasmin Schmitz, Violeta Trkulja, Katrin Wellerand I have issued a <strong><span style='font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'>request for support letters from the community </span></strong>to the university president and the dean to convince them to stop the intended closure.</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'><br>An English translation of their open letter can be found here: </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'><a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Mm1Fli724z05miSdsh2n6q910SlqvhxsJXCUoB2520/edit?usp=sharing"><span lang=EN-US>https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Mm1Fli724z05miSdsh2n6q910SlqvhxsJXCUoB2520/edit?usp=sharing</span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><strong><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>Please help us to protest against the closure of the Department of Information Science by signing the petition, writing a letter and sharing this information with your colleagues.</span></strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>Kind regards from Kiel,</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>Isabella Peters</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'>PS: Further information in German can be found here:</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'><a href="https://www.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/studium/fachschaften/informationswissenschaft/news/newsdetails/offener-brief-bzgl-der-einstellung-der-informationswissenschaftlichen-studiengaenge-3825/"><span lang=EN-US>https://www.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/studium/fachschaften/informationswissenschaft/news/newsdetails/offener-brief-bzgl-der-einstellung-der-informationswissenschaftlichen-studiengaenge-3825/</span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'><a href="http://libreas.tumblr.com/"><span lang=EN-US>http://libreas.tumblr.com/</span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'><a href="http://www.infobroker.de/blog/informationswissenschaften-in-duesseldorf-vor-dem-aus/"><span lang=EN-US>http://www.infobroker.de/blog/informationswissenschaften-in-duesseldorf-vor-dem-aus/</span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;color:black'><a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OvqCP3SHFC-cEXOQ5WJAzLfFvAoEvBfEZ2AVQ6Ao5jI/edit?usp=sharing"><span lang=EN-US>https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OvqCP3SHFC-cEXOQ5WJAzLfFvAoEvBfEZ2AVQ6Ao5jI/edit?usp=sharing</span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif'> </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p></div><p class=MsoNormal><br><br>---<o:p></o:p></p><div><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif'>Alle Postfächer an einem Ort. Jetzt wechseln und E-Mail-Adresse mitnehmen! <a href="http://email.freenet.de/basic/Informationen" target="_blank">Rundum glücklich mit freenetMail</a><o:p></o:p></span></p></div></div></body></html>