COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ The director of the University of Missouri libraries is defending his decision to approve the destruction of almost 190,000 documents that were damaged by mold.
A university faculty committee says libraries director Jim Cogswell ignored a pledge to keep them informed about efforts to save about 629,000 books and documents that were damaged by mold at an off-campus location in 2013.
Cogswell says the 188,000 books, documents and journals destroyed starting in February were duplicates or documents that will be replaced with the help of a $400,000 grant.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a Faculty Council committee says it has lost trust i Cogswell because he was supposed to keep them updated on saving the materials.
Cogswell apologized for the lack of communication but says he acted correctly.