DITSU (Dublin Institute of Technology Student Union) are raising the issue of recruiting staff to prevent further shortages of library hours across their college campuses. The USI (Union of Students in Ireland) is also backing DITSU on their campaign to prevent further closures.
According to USI staffing shortages have “had a hugely detrimental impact on library opening hours.”
Rebecca Gorman the VP for Education for DIT students Union had this to say on the matter ‘DITSU, along with the DIT library staff have been incredibly frustrated by the slowness of recruiting staff to our libraries. The Union has been campaigning to recruit staff before the semester one examinations. A key silent protest was held by students for the DIT Governing Body meeting last month, which sparked an important conversation and put staff recruitment back onto the agenda. We are observing positive developments in this area, but opening hours remain restricted, and the libraries are at risk of closure at any time. DITSU will continue to fight for the library hours to be restored as soon as possible; we are horrified that it has come to this point.’
The staff shortages are causing up a stir for everyone at the college. With exams looming and assignment deadlines approaching DIT staff and students are looking at this issue to be resolved. The staffing requirement has been much longer than expected process with some staff positions left vacant for almost a year. DITSU are fighting for their students to ensure their needs are met but aren’t getting the results.