May be I am a little bit irritable.
Working on another computer I couldn’t use my shortcut to UCC library where I had to check something. So http://www.ucc.ie as start and looking for the library shouldn’t make problems. It didn’t make problems, indeed. Still it made me think about problems – or should I say challenges, current structures and processes.
The structure of the website has the following menus – reproduced here in the given order:
Teaching and Learning
Alumni and Friends
– I am not sure why I expected the library under research, study AND/or teaching ….n and why I then found it under about.
But perhaps somebody else has an idea.
What saddens me about it is that it is not just Cork. As one or the other of the readers may know I am affiliated as correspondent to the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Law [Look forward to go there soonish, to fulfil some duties in the framework of a short-term fellowship though I would love to stay here at ODTUe for a while]. The institut has now a new, i.e. second director, actually an economist which I personally think is (at least in principle) most exciting – I am working myself on different issues around linking Human Rights, Economics and Daily Life.
Now, there is something I don’t understand. This second director and his background in economics means some changes: new people, new orientations, new subjects …, but nothing in that for the library. May be somebody thinks and said: “We don’t need books. All statistics are available online.”
May be …, who knows?