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Home / Articles / Editorial / Letters /  It’s embarrassing how seldom Alden Library’s open in summer
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

It’s embarrassing how seldom Alden Library’s open in summer

To the Editor:

As an OU faculty member and Alden Library frequenter, I was annoyed this summer to discover how few and inconvenient the summer library hours were. (The hours were 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday. It is closed on Saturday and Sunday.) It seemed unbelievable that at one of the largest academic institutions in the state, my students and I were unable to access the library in the evening or on weekends.

I figured that this couldn't possibly be normal summer library protocol, so I did some research and found out that it's not. I looked up the summer library hours for all of the 13 four-year, state universities in Ohio, and here's the number of weekly hours for each, in descending order: Ohio State: 107.5; Wright State: 86.5; University of Toledo: 84; Kent State: 83.5; Bowling Green: 83; University of Cincinnati: 77; Miami: 76.75; Youngstown State: 71.5; Shawnee State: 70; Cleveland State: 64.5; University of Akron: 63.5; Ohio University: 53; Central State: 46.25.

Now, you can do whatever statistical analyses you want on this data, but briefly: the average number of hours is 74.4. This means that OU is nearly 30 percent below the average. Even the fact that we are not last offers little redemption when you consider that Central State University has fewer than 2,500 students, about 10 percent of OU Athens' enrollment. If we're going to use the "we're just keeping up with other universities" argument in other matters (ahem, salaries, cough, cough), then can we at least apply it also to the academic heart of the university?

Meghan VanderMale
Richland Avenue
Athens

 

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I am a PhD student at OU and completely agree with this author! My colleagues and I frequently need to visit the library over the summer for materials for comprehensive exams, general research papers, and dissertations, and it always seemed to be closed or locked when we went. 

 

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Lisa as a PhD student you could have obtained access to the other floors during the summer session by just filling out a sheet of paper. The same access was afforded to faculty and staff as well. In some cases, you could write the list down and a library person would help you pick up the books. This combined with the extra hours that the 2nd floor was open meant you would have had access for more than those listed here.


That's why Alden has a chat system to ask the librarians questions on the website.

 

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If you have a PhD or are in the process of one maybe you should take advantage of recources telling you the hours- or for that fact use the internet. Especially since you can have access when their closed- all you needed was a pass that you COULD have used.


Seems for PhD's simple things like reading signs and looking up hours is way above their head.


 


These people should NOT be affiliated with Ohio University. Is this really who you want teaching your kids?!

 

 

 
 
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