There’s big problems with the market for academic e-books

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

“In the time since a small group of academic librarians launched the #ebooksos campaign with an Open Letter asking for an investigation into the academic e-book publishing industry, we have faced some questioning of our actions …” (more)

[Rachel Bickley, Wonkhe, 29 March]

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UCD Library requires extra €200,000 to resume full operating hours

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number is the estimate currently circulating among staff familiar with UCD library’s budget. When asked if UCDSU had seen this figure, UCDSU Welfare Officer Ruairí Power stated: ‘The €200,000 figure is a rough estimate that was provided to us by the UCD Library team upon request’ …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 26 January]

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Hamilton Library to close while others operate on reduced hours

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“This morning, College announced through an email to students that new arrangements regarding the Library were to come into effect from January 22, following the recent surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. As exams finish on January 22, College will instigate new arrangements for student access to the Library. The focus on these arrangements will be to balance the ‘provision for Library users’ with the health and safety of Library staff and students …” (more)

[Jamie Cox, Trinity News, 18 January]

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Library Curtailments Indicative of UCD Management Failures, Says UCDSU

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin’s Students Union (UCDSU) has criticised the University’s Management Team (UMT) for failing to provide the necessary funds to run its libraries efficiently during the pandemic. This ‘failure’ has been labelled as indicative of the ‘concerning trend’ displayed by the UMT in failing to address student’s concerns …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 14 January]

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UCD Libraries Reopen with COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“All UCD libraries have reopened from Monday 4th January, with the same COVID-19 precautionary measures in place from the autumn trimester. The opening times have not changed, with James Joyce library opening from 8:30 to 20:00, Monday to Friday. These measures include pre-booking library seats for which have been extended to allow for eight-hour slots …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 4 January]

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Why I Miss the Library As It Once Was

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I know the library is still there but on this we can all agree: it is not the same. The Berkeley, Hamilton, Ussher or – god forbid – the Lecky, that we all know, hate and love-to-hate have been changed beyond recognition, mere shells of their former selves …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 17 December]

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Four new statues to end Trinity Long Room’s ‘men only’ image

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Four new sculptures of female scholars are to be commissioned by Trinity College Dublin, the first women to go on display in the university’s Old Library. Scientist Rosalind Franklin, folklorist and theatre-founder Augusta Gregory, mathematician Ada Lovelace and writer and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft have been chosen from a list of more than 500 suggestions …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Trinity to commission four new sculptures of women for display in Old Library

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is to commission four new sculptures – all representing women scholars – for display in the Long Room of the Old Library. The announcement comes a year after the university called on staff and students to submit nominations …” (more)

[Louise Kennedy, Independent, 26 November]

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No Plan to Rename Berkeley Library ‘At Present’, Says College

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There have been ‘constructive conversations’ in College about the name of the Berkeley Library, but Trinity currently has no plan to rename the library. In an email statement to The University Times, Tom Molloy, Trinity’s director of public affairs and communications, said: ‘Like many other institutions, the university is reflecting on its history and is addressing race and ethnicity to ensure the university is a place that is welcoming to all …'” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 24 November]

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Library Apologises for Confusion Caused by New Booking System

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The library has apologised to students for confusion caused by recent changes made to the library booking system. The changes, which include a 25-hour limit on booking per week and a new check-in system, were introduced in an effort to combat the number of students booking slots and failing to show up …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 18 November]

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New Library Rule Gives Students 45-Minute Window to Check Into Seat

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students will now have a 45-minute window to check-in to the libraries, otherwise forfeiting their pre-booked seat, the library announced today. In recent days, people have raised concerns to the library about students booking slots and then failing to show up. In response the library has introduced a number of new rules starting from today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 November]

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It’s time to give the Long Room back to Trinity students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In light of the recent conservation and redevelopment plans regarding a certain characteristic monument on campus, I have felt compelled to consider said monument, and to propose what case I can for its reconciliation with the student body …” (more)

[Olivia Bayne, Trinity News, 12 November]

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Trinity’s library spaces need urgent attention and systematic change ahead of exam season to cope with social distancing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Any Trinity student who frequents the library, particularly during exam season, knows the all too familiar struggle of trying to find a seat: pacing the BLU, passing rows upon rows of occupied seats, or desks reserved with a pile of untouched books and a jacket. In October of last year, the practice of ‘desk hogging’ became such an issue that College hired teams of postgraduate students to manage the situation …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 19 October]

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Students Will Need to Book Study Spaces in Library

Posted in Research, Teaching on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The James Joyce library will provide limited study spaces for undergraduate students this trimester in an effort to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and physical distancing guidelines. Additionally, opening hours have been minimised and there is currently no access to other UCD library locations …” (more)

[Emma Hanrahan, College Tribune, 21 August]

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Trinity Libraries to Re-Open Gradually From Next Week

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s libraries will re-open on a phased basis next week after more than three months, with a new book delivery service for researchers and a ‘click and collect’ facility. Kinsella Hall will be the first library space to re-open on June 29th, with the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, and Hamilton libraries and the John Stearne Medical Library opening on July 20th …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 22 June]

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Trinity Gets €2.7m from Fáilte Ireland for Old Library Revamp

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has received a grant of €2.7 million from Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s government body for tourism, towards the overhaul of its Old Library. The reconfiguration of the 300-year-old building is part of a College strategy to improve the conditions in a library that houses some of its oldest manuscripts and book collections …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 April]

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Academic Libraries at a Pivotal Moment

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2020 by steve

“Higher education institutions are suffering tremendously from the impacts of the pandemic. And, as one university president noted last week, if any colleges and universities are unable to reopen for residential instruction in the fall due to the pandemic’s continuing effects, the results will be ‘cataclysmic’. Even putting aside worst case scenarios, instability in the economy means that many higher education institutions will likely face reduced revenue this upcoming academic year …” (more)

[Roger C Schonfeld and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, The Scholarly Kitchen, 6 April]

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Experiences of an Irish University Library: My internship at Maynooth University

Posted in Life on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“I study in Leipzig in Western Saxony. That’s in Eastern Germany between Berlin and Munich. When I finished secondary school, I worked as a volunteer in a children’s library for one year. I really liked that and decided a library career was for me …” (more)

[Theres Rudolph, libfocus, 30 March]

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Academic Library Response to COVID-19: Real-Time Data Gathering and Dissemination

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“As higher education institutions in the United States began to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving classes online, emptying residence halls, and authorizing remote work, academic librarians found themselves in need of real-time information – not only about their own institution’s practices, but also how other libraries were responding …” (more)

[Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, The Scholarly Kitchen, 23 March]

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Coronavirus: UCD to open library for students without internet access

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) is to open one of its libraries on campus for students without internet or laptop access at home, despite a two-week shutdown of schools and colleges ordered in response to the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 17 March]

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