Irish Universities Have Seen a 22% Cut in Library Staff Since Recession

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish university libraries have seen an average reduction of 22% in staffing levels since the recession, with UCD experiencing one of the largest staff cuts. While the declines began to occur in the late 2008s during the last recession, staff numbers are still slowly dropping in some institutions or just stabilising at others. The drop in staffing figures was revealed from records requested from each university library released under the Freedom of Information act …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 April]

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DIT forced into range of cuts after it lost €718K in prepaid fees to online library

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT lost about €718,000 after a UK-based library subscription service, called SWETS, which it had prepaid, went into administration in 2014. DIT told the Irish Independent that the losses forced a range of cost-cutting measures, but that it did not impact on student services …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Chai Brady, Independent, 7 April]

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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]

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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]

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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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