Library Over-crowding

Project Manager

Dave Chappell

Description

After hearing many concerns from students regarding the overcrowding of library spaces, the Yale-NUS Student Government Community Living Committee decided to draft a report on the issue. This report has since been presented to the Head Librarian and the Director of ERT as well as discussing the issue with individual administrators. A number of the policies outlined in the report are now being implemented and the Student Government has also met with EVP Tan and Interim-Dean McAdoo to further discuss the issue possibilities, including weekend exclusivity.

Status

Complete

Outcome

An exclusivity policy and card access has been adopted for Yale-NUS students, within certain hours.

Executive Summary for library Report

These are the key points from the report. The Student Government recommends…

1. Making the 24-hour Study Area Yale-NUS exclusive by installing card access machines to the entrance and to the interior door, which seals when the library closes;

2. Putting up signs requesting that non-Yale-NUS students use other study spaces during time periods leading up to mid-terms and finals, until this system can be introduced;

3. Making the meeting rooms Yale-NUS exclusive;

4. And converting the fire door on level 2 of the library, facing Elm, into an entrance.

Polling Data

Student Government Votes

How many times a week do you use the Yale-NUS study spaces (particularly the Library)?
  • >7
  • 5-6
  • 3-4
  • 1-2
  • 0

How many times a week do you use the NUS study spaces (e.g. The Learning Cafe, SRC, ERC, Mac/PC Commons)?
  • >7
  • 5-6
  • 3-4
  • 1-2
  • 0

Are there sufficient study spaces in the Yale-NUS library?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Know

Should Yale-NUS study spaces be open to non Yale-NUS students?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care

Should Yale-NUS students be able to book the NUS meeting rooms?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care

Should non-Yale-NUS students be able to use the library’s meeting rooms when they aren’t booked?
  • Always
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Don't Care

Should students be able to reserve tables in the Library by leaving their belongings unattended?
  • Yes, for as long as they want
  • Yes, only for a short period of time
  • Never
  • Don't Care

Direct Democracy Vote on Student Government Decisions (05/10/15)

MOTION REVOTE: This house believes that the entire library space (ground floor and 1st floor) should be prohibited to non-Yale-NUS students. (NUS students will still have book-borrowing rights.)
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION REVOTE: This house believes that the entire library space (ground floor and 1st floor) should be prohibited to non-Yale-NUS students. (NUS students will still have book-borrowing rights.)
  • Yes (Jay, Zach)
  • No (Bing, Ami, Dave, Maria, Qis, Jared, Yongzhi)
  • Abstain (Feroz, Tee)
MOTION: This house believes that Yale-NUS students should be given priority for all study spaces in the library.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: This house believes that Yale-NUS students should be given priority for all study spaces in the library.
  • Yes (Bing, Dave, Feroz, Maria, Jared, Qistina, Tee, Yongzhi, Zach
  • No
  • Abstain (Ami, Jay)
MOTION: This house believes that access to residential floors of any college should be by Yale-NUS residential card-access (eg students, Rectors and VRs) in lifts only. (This is non RC-specific.)
  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstain
MOTION: This house believes that access to residential floors of any college should be by Yale-NUS residential card-access (eg students, Rectors and VRs) in lifts only. (This is non RC-specific.)
  • Yes (Bing, Dave, Ami, Feroz, Jared, Jay, Maria, Qis, Tee)
  • No
  • Abstain (Yongzhi)
  • Absent (Zach)

Minutes 5 October 2015

As mandated by Article V, Section 1 B of the Constitution: “The Government shall implement an online platform where students can vote on all preliminary decisions. If a majority of students vote against the decision within 48 hours, then that decision will be overturned.”

Time published: 21:35 Monday 5 October 2015

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