Universities extend closing times to early hours of morning to cope with demand

Posted in Life on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities are increasingly extending their main library closing times into the early hours of the morning to cope with a surge in demand for late-night study. Colleges say they are responding to demand for extra study time in the run-up to the exams, while trying to balance this with student welfare …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 May]

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Dundalk institute names library after John de Chastelain

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology has renamed its library in honour of retired general John de Chastelain, the man who oversaw arms decommissioning in Northern Ireland. At a ceremony to mark the occasion on Thursday evening, Mr de Chastelain noted the ‘true architects’ of the peace process were the people of the region …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 2 May]

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‘Frenzy’ Outside Library, As Reduced Opening Hours Leave Students Battling for Seats

Posted in Life on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students have blasted the College after the library’s opening hours were cut over the Easter weekend, with a crowd of more than a hundred left waiting outside this morning ahead of the start of exam season next Tuesday …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 19 April]

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Student Arrested in Trinity Library for Abusive Behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A male student was removed from Trinity’s library by the Gardaí for being abusive to other students this afternoon. At around 4pm, Gardaí escorted an unnamed student from the first floor of the Berkeley library …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 3 April]

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Trinity’s library system is confusing, convoluted, and inadequate

Posted in Research, Teaching on March 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As I write this in the library, I suddenly hear the dreaded tones of the librarian’s bell begin to echo through the various floors of the Ussher. I wonder, has my time come? Do I need to start hiding my books? Thankfully, it turns out that the bell is only meant for Ussher 1, so I’m safe …” (more)

[Hugh Whelan, Trinity News, 24 March]

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Maynooth University abolishes library fines

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has moved to abolish library fines, marking the first time a higher education institution in Ireland has made the shift away from fines for late returns. Fines for standard loan items, which may be borrowed from the library for three weeks, are to be abolished under Maynooth University’s new loan scheme …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 18 February]

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Santry Stacks Full and ‘Not Fit for Purpose’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Santry stacks depository, which houses the majority of the College’s books, is to be replaced in the near future, after being deemed ‘not fit for purpose’. The College is also considering the possibility of disposing of its properties on D’Olier St and in Foster Place …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 30 November]

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‘Cramped, inflexible and uncomfortable … our students deserve better’ – no investment in NUIG library in nearly 20 years

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library has not been invested in or improved upon since 1999, SIN has learned. The other six Irish universities have made investments of at least €20 million in the past ten years to modernise their library buildings, by either extending or replacing them. NUI Galway has made no such investments …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, SIN, 6 November]

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USI supports DITSU campaign to prevent Library closures

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) expresses its support and solidarity with Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) as they protest the severe and recurrent staffing shortages across their college, which have now had a hugely detrimental impact on library opening hours …” (more)

[USI, 17 October]

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Expensive Academic Books Put A Price Tag On Knowledge

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It goes without saying that a university’s library is one of its most important institutions. Without a functioning library, the very idea of a university becomes untenable. From an academic standpoint at least, libraries are at the heart of what colleges do …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 8 October]

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Less space for more books at new €31 million UL Glucksman library

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“A book vault that can store half a million volumes in little more than a tenth of the space occupied by conventional shelving is one of the stand-out features of the new Glucksman Library that was officially opened last Friday. The Automated Reserve Collection (ARC) comprises of a 10 meter high book vault and robotic crane that will allow UL’s historic collections, currently housed off-site, to be returned to campus …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 25 June]

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Inside University of Limerick’s €31m library transformation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

“Thousands of bookworms, students and digital researchers will soon experience a unique lounge atmosphere, thanks to the much-anticipated €31m library transformation at University of Limerick. A number of eminent figures attended the launch of the Glucksman Library 7,600 squaremetre expansion, which now optimises student space, specialist facilities, acoustics and research zones …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 22 June]

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Students at Maynooth University will be able to take naps in the library

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University in Co. Kildare has become the first Irish college to install pods on its campus to allow students to take naps. Two hi-tech EnergyPods have been set up in the library and one in the access office …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 26 February]

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Maynooth University introducing sleeping pods in library

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) has begun introducing sleeping pods, or isolation pods, in its library. The pods were introduced through a winning idea by an MU student in their inaugural Innovation Competition. MU has described the ‘Energy Pods’ as “ideal for commuting students or just someone who simply needs a nap or a time alone to recharge” …” (more)

[Cian Mac Lochlainn, Trinity News, 22 February]

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Mary Immaculate College – Library

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMaria Byrne (Fine Gael): I welcome the Minister of State and thank her for coming here to take these matters. I wish to highlight the importance of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick in terms of teacher training. The college was founded in 1898 and is the oldest training college in the State for primary school teachers. It was started by the Sisters of Mercy as part of their convent on the South Circular Road and has expanded over many years …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 3 October]

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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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