USI supports the imperative DITSU campaign to prevent Library closures.
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.
The staffing and recruitment practices in DIT move at a “glacial pace” according to DITSU and are totally inadequate to the needs of the students and staff in the college. This poor management has resulted in core staff stretched across library services, a 50% deficit in Building Managers across DIT’s numerous campuses, a lack of clerical staff in student health centres, and vacancies in key lecturing posts.
Síona Cahill, USI President, expressing her backing for DITSU’s actions to highlight this staffing shortage said, “Cutting library opening hours and threatening the future of smaller campus libraries will have a huge impact on students who need these services most, such as part-time and mature students, those who work or commute during the day, and those who do not have the equipment, books, or workspace available to them in their own homes or accommodation.
“It is imperative that DIT take immediate action to put in place plans that resolve this crisis. Winter exams, essays, and assessments are just around the corner, so the clock is ticking for real action.”
DITSU also reports serious frustration with a lack of progress on key works on campus, especially on the Cathal Brugha Street campus. Students there have been waiting for over 2 years for a €20,000 student space refurb to be completed. The staffing shortages have delayed this small project that would have real benefits for students on that campus, and contribute hugely to their wellbeing and experience.
Síona Cahill, USI President
Pierre Yimbog, DITSU President