Trinity students pay nearly €600,000 in library fines as USI voices concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has voiced concern that rising library fines are potentially being used by universities as a ‘money making mechanism’. Figures obtained by The Herald under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that students paid a total of €2,786,930 in library fines over a five year period …” (more)

[Daire O’Driscoll, Trinity News, 30 December]

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Libraries ‘becoming invisible’ to junior scholars

Posted in Research on December 8th, 2016 by steve

“A report detailing the rise of the Google search among young academics has prompted debate about the future of libraries. The research, funded by the Publishing Research Consortium, looks at the attitudes to publishing of early career academics and suggests that libraries have ‘little to offer’ the next generation of academics …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 8 December]

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Third Level Expenditure – Electronic Serial Subscriptions

Posted in Research on November 4th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide estimates for the amount academic libraries in third level institutions spend each year on accessing electronic serial subscriptions such as academic or paid subscription journals …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 November]

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Third Level Facilities – Mary Immaculate College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the urgent need for a new library building at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, in view of the fact that the current building is wholly inadequate for the current student population of over 3,400 with a student-to-seat ratio of 16:1; the timeframe for the provision of capital funding for this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Dramatic Cutbacks for UCD Library Service See Staff Numbers Drop by 36%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Library has witnessed dramatic cutbacks in resources in recent years, with both staff numbers and the amount spent on books and journals being sharply cut by the university. The Tribune can reveal the amount of staff in the UCD Library has declined year on year for more than five years …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 September]

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Should universities monitor student library use?

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2016 by steve

UK“With the link between frequent library use and higher grades confirmed, Jack Grove asks if it is time for more universities to start measuring how long students spend in the stacks …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 8 September]


Limerick’s MIC to invest €21m in new library build

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mary Immaculate College is to invest over €21m in building a new library on its campus at the South Circular Road. Plans due to be lodged with Limerick City and County Council reveal that the current library – opened in 1976 – will be demolished in stages to allow the new 4,955 square metre building to be built …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 29 August]

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Snapshots of library training spaces in Ireland

Posted in Teaching on February 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In DCU Library we recently discussed whether we wanted to keep our training rooms in their present form. Since the library opened in 2001 we have had two training rooms, largely unchanged …” (more)

[Jack Hyland, libfocus, 5 February]

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National Library employee to face trial over theft of 216 books

Posted in Legal issues on January 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A National Library of Ireland employee is to face trial on more than 200 counts of stealing rare antique books …” (more)

[Tom Tuite, Irish Times, 21 January]

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Trinity College library to enter technological age

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin may have one of the most envied libraries in the world but it’s not resting on its laurels. One hundred and fifty years after opening the Long Room, now one of Ireland leading tourist attractions, the university is planning a range of digital innovations to create ‘the 21st-century library for the future’ …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Defending the university library

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Whatever challenges we may face in this part of the world, we are unlikely – or so we hope – to experience the destruction of our libraries through book burnings. However, not everyone in the world can be see confident …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 February]

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Library owed 67k in unpaid fines, TCD confirms

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College is owed €67,920.91 in library fines, Trevor Peare, head of Readers’ Services, has confirmed. The figure was cited in a recent Irish Independent investigation …” (more)

[Clare Droney, Trinity News, 25 January]

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Colleges owed €800k in unpaid library fines

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Staff at the country’s cash-strapped universities and colleges are among the culprits who owe hundreds of thousands of euro in library fines …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 5 January]


National Library seeks €12m for vault amid concern for collections

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The cash-strapped National Library of Ireland is seeking Government backing for a €12m repository amid concerns over the security of its valuable collections …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 2 January]

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UCC agrees to extend library hours after student sit-in

Posted in Teaching on December 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A sit-in protest involving students in University College Cork has succeeded in extending library opening hours during exam period. After three successive nights of sit-ins at the Boole Library, the university agreed to extend library opening hours for the remainder of the exam period …” (more)

[Irish Times, 10 December]

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Boole Library Opening Times

Posted in Teaching on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork regrets that it is unable to extend further the opening hours of the Boole Library due to lack of resources. The Library adjusted its opening hours with the introduction of semesterisation based on statistics on usage/demand in pre-exams periods and exam periods …” (more)

[University College Cork, 9 December]

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UCC students stage sit-ins over library hours

Posted in Teaching on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“UCC students are staging sit-ins at the campus library as they continue to fight for extended opening hours onsite in the run up to exams. Student protests have been prompted by ‘inadequate’ library opening hours this year …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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UCC students to continue sit-in over library hours

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Cork have vowed to continue a series of sit-in protests until library opening hours are extended. Speaking after a second successive night of sit-ins …” (more)

[Ciaran D’Arcy, Irish Times, 9 December]

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UCC SU protest against library opening hours

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“University College of Cork’s Student Union have staged a sit-in protest in objection to unsatisfactory library opening hours, in the lead up to Christmas exams which started today. The university, which implemented its semesterisation for the first time this year, have not altered library opening hours to cater for this, according to the SU President, Mark Stanton …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent,, 8 December

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Big bucks for UL library

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has given a commitment to provide €10 million next year for investment in the University of Limerick library project …” (more)

[The Clare Champion, 17 November]

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