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1) A DU student was chatting with his friend at the new Central Library.
" Wow! What a splendid Library! I swear I'll devote myself to the world of knowledge! "
" Yeah...... right.  But, I don't believe in you. "
" Doesn't this new Library arose something new from your mind? Look! At the new technology the Library has! "
" You are right. It is true that the new Library is very modern. But, as far as I'm concerned, there are still unsettled questions, such as a dangerous balustrade and a lack of substantial reading rooms."
" Oh, I see. What a profound man you are !
The beautiful facilities clouded my eyes. 
Yeah, there are several problems hidden under the beautiful outward structures. I'll think about the weak points of the Library."
 
 The new Central Library opened on Dec. 9.  The old Library was opened in 1962. Since the old Library was not satisfactory with DU students, they expected for a lot from the new Library.   
 What is the opinions of DU students now?
We are going to examine student opinion of the Library in three ways and deal with students' opinion in Part. 3.

2) This part explores numerical indexes of the Library.
The Library was built on from May 1, 2000 to Dec. 3, 2002. The number of chairs in the reading rooms is about 2,100, and it has 168 state-of-the-art computers with LCD monitors.
 The number of Books in the Library is about 750,000. It consists of six-stories, three are underground and three stories above ground that spreads over 4,900 pyong. The exhibit space is also newly equipped.        The new Library is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, at least outwardly. But many DU students said that there are weakness in the new Library. Let's explore student complaints and school officials' excuses.

3) The Post polled students in various ways on thoughts about the Library.

◈Posted a wall-poster on the Library and Dongguk Hall Library to collect opinion on good and bad points..
- The followings are opinions of DU students.

<Good Points>
  I like all of its state-of-the-art facilities.
  Well...... Just Beautiful.
  We can see an incredibly pretty landscape!
(People can see scenery of Nam mountain through huge windows )
<Bad Points>
  Balustrade is too dangerous. Please heighten it! (Many students pointed out this through the Post's examination.)
  Reading room space is too tiny. The main purpose of Central Library is to secure the reading room space. It's a big mistake!
  Some places don't have the ability to arrest sounds.
  Ventilation in Smoking Room doesn't work properly.

◈ Interviewed face-to-face with several DU students at the Library
 Lee Dong-ha (Senior, Dept. of Electronic Engineering )

Good Points->
  Delightful  of  Sensation
  Monitoring system has been set up on the ceiling, stealing will be decreased.
It is beautiful because we can see in all directions.
We have new supreme computers with LCD monitors.
The rest places are better than that of the old Library.
Toilet facilities deserve to be praised.  

<Bad Points>
Balustrade is too dangerous "I pulled on it once, it  pushed a little."
It needs thermostatic control.
More reading room space is required.
Soundproofing construction reinforcement is required.
 
"Beauty of the Library is not important for studying. More space must be needed for reading rooms."

Kim Do-yoon, Lee Hwa-jong
(Senior, Dept. of Computer Multi Media)

" It is a good chance to arrange Library autonomy Library. Through its activities, SA and students have to manage the new Library as a calm and clean place."
 
◈ Examine DU opinion plaza on DU internet home
- Opinions are same as  upper interview or wall-poster poll. 

4) Now, let's look into SA officials' answers about controversy.
 The Post interviewed two officials at the new Library and the head of Facility Management (FM).
 When the post reporter met Yi Chun-jong, the head of FM, he got angry about students' considerable complaints. He insisted that he devoted himself to construct a beautiful and strong Library, but students complained about every part of the Library. So he lost his temper.
 Let's listen to his plea.
" I had planned everything to construct a better Library than any other university libraries. I considered students' comfort, high-level technique, naturally friendly design and so on. I worked with a passionate mind for the past two years. But I heard just complaints from students.
 Of course, I understand what students are saying. The construction has not been finished perfectly yet. The Library needs more mending in some parts.
 The shortage of reading room will be solved after the former central Library is remodeled completely.
 I also know what problems in the Library are. I have ideas to fix those problems. Trust the SA and don't have a rude attitude, please. "

5) We looked at the various opinions of the new Library, both students' viewpoints and SA officials opinion. There are merits on both sides. The most important matter is that we improve the new Library. 

Shin Dong-kyu  korea232@dongguk.edu

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