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The Same Old ProblemsBy. Cho Ryeo-Jin The Post Reporter

By. Cho Ryeo-Jin
The Post Reporter
lemonyujin@dongguk.edu

  You can find a lot of complaints about libraries and reading rooms on 'My Opinion,' a board on Dongguk University (DU)'s homepage.  The Post asked 200 students at DU for their opinion about these Facilities..............................................................Ed. 

  1. Have you ever used the school libraries? (Including the library of each college, Manhae Hall and Central Library) 

  ① Yes: 97.5%
  ② No: 2.5%

  → An Overwhelming number of the students use the libraries.

  2. (If you chose ①,) How often do you use it? 

  ① Everyday: 29.7%
  ② Several times a week: 48.3%
  ③ Several times a month: 16.9%
  ④ Hardly ever: 5.1%

  → According to the result, almost 50 percent of Donggukians use the libraries often.  About 30 percent use them everyday.  It means that the students study or read in the libraries.

  3. What do you think of the libraries?

① Excellent: 5.1 %
② Good: 31.8 %
③ So-so: 42.6 %
④ Bad: 17.9 %
⑤ Terrible: 2.6 %

  →42.6 percent of the students answered 'so-so' to this question.  Even though the students use the libraries, they aren't satisfied with them.

  4-1. (If you chose ① and ②,) What are the good points you make on the campus  libraries? 

  ① Clean environment: 59.8%
  ② Quiet atmosphere: 22.2%
  ③ Many reading rooms located in several places of the campus: 18%
  ④ Anything else: 0%

  → Almost 60 percent of the 72 students surveyed are satisfied with the libraries' clean environment.

  4-2. (If you chose ③, ④ and ⑤,) What are weak points of DU libraries? 

  ① The lack of seats especially during the exam period: 45.6%
  ② Not open long enough: 21.1%
  ③ Uncomfortable environment: 26.8%
  ④ Old facilities: 6.5%

  →The lack of seats is the real problem for many students.  The same complaints are found on 'My opinion'.  "I think our school library is too small for the number of students in DU.  This is especially true during the exam period.  It's also too noisy to study because of so many people in the library.  And its open hours are not long enough.  I want our library to opening earlier and close later," said a student who is majoring in Civil & Environmental Engineering.

  5. What are the problems caused by the students themselves? 

  ① Students who reserve seats for their friends during the exam period.: 61%
  ② Chatting or using cell phones in reading rooms.: 24.6%
  ③ A dirty environment: 10.7%
  ④ Anything else: 3.7%

  →This result is related to that of question number 4.  Over 60% of the students complain about the students who reserve seats for their friends.  Chatting in reading room and using cell phones are the second problem.  A student in Dept. of Political Science & Diplomacy complained, "I can't concentrate when I study because of the people who talk with friends on the stairs and who talk over cell phones.  I'm not the only person who feels this way."

  6. What do you think is the best solution to these problems?

- Solution for School Authority
  ① More reading rooms: 51.3%
  ② Keep the libraries open longer: 18%
  ③ Set up a ventilation system for cleaner air : 13.8%
  ④ Replace the chairs and desks: 4.1%
  ⑤ A reservation system for seats: 12.3%

  →Students want more reading rooms and seats and longer opening hours.  Some students complained that the school authorities should create more reading rooms or add floors to the library.  According to one DU staff member, there have been some discussions about creating more reading rooms but there's no definite plan made yet.

-Solution to the problems caused by the students
  ① Ban cell phones: 43.6%
  ② Add more trash cans: 11.8%
  ③ Rules on self-control: 44.6%

  →Most students recognized the importance of a quiet atmosphere and rules for self-control.  This can be related to one student's complaint about Donggukian's behavior on question 5.  It shows that rules about student self-control are needed. 

  In fact, all of the problems we have been discussed are old ones.  It's time that the school authorities paid attention to students' complaints.  It's also high time that students stopped saving seats and making noise in the library.

Cho Ryeo-jin reporter  lemonyujin@dongguk.edu

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