The dispute over the ANU library mergers continues, reaching farcical highs now that The Canberra Times has run more stories about it than the University’s on campus rag Woroni. Curious though is why the article doesn’t mention why the dispute is continuing. Perhaps in copy and pasting the media release writing the article, CT forgot to add the key fact that the University is still waiting for students to make a submission on the proposal, as the Vice Chancellor invited two months ago. Instead, students offer a video of the library merger – “the crime of the century“.
The proposal in its current form will create appreciable disadvantages for students campus wide in terms of library capacity. Further, it does not represent a sensible, medium to long term solution.
It’s a quick fix.
This is an ideal opportunity to negotiate with the University, accepting the advantages of a merger but working to undertake it in a form with greater longevity that can actually benefit students.
Yet, students are not making a submission and not negotiating.
If the University provides an opportunity to participate and have a voice and instead students choose to stand on the periphery shouting blankly “no”… so be it.
The library merger will go ahead and students will be to blame for their own disadvantage.