Ministerial meeting for 2017 WIT Library Junior Access Programme

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“Provision of a quiet and distraction-free area to study and access resources is of great importance to young people and I commend WIT for taking the initiative in supporting the needs of Leaving Cert students in Waterford,

“Provision of a quiet and distraction-free area to study and access resources is of great importance to young people and I commend WIT for taking the initiative in supporting the needs of Leaving Cert students in Waterford," said Minister John Halligan

The programme supports participating secondary school pupils’ individual study needs by giving them the opportunity to access the Luke Wadding Library

New members of the WIT Library Junior Access Programme Homework Club got the opportunity to meet Minister John Halligan TD at their induction day at WIT recently.

Participating schools include De La Salle, Presentation, St Paul's, the Mercy, the Ursuline and Mount Sion Secondary schools. More than 50 students who are doing their Leaving Certificate in 2018 received their formal induction in the Special Collections Room of the Luke Wadding Library.

The induction included a tour of the Library, a run through of Library procedures and other relevant information. All students on the programme were in attendance and welcomed to WIT by members of staff involved in managing the scheme. These include WIT Libraries staff Terry O'Brien, Deputy Institute Librarian; Kieran Cronin, Developmental Librarian; Deirdre Falconer and Jennifer Bolger, Library Assistants. Also involved in the scheme were Nuala Lennon, Head of Access at the WIT Access Office and Robin Croke, Student Life & Learning.

A special guest at the event was Minister John Halligan TD Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development. 

Kieran Cronin, Developmental Librarian, WIT said: “This will be the 4th intake on the access scheme, which has seen an incremental growth in the number of schools and students since the scheme was initiated.

“Since September 2014, WIT Libraries in conjunction the Access team have been offering local schools the opportunity to nominate eligible pupils to partake in a Homework club programme.  The purpose of the programme is to support participating pupils’ individual study needs by giving them the opportunity to access the Luke Wadding Library out of school hours. The initiative is part of the Institute's Access programme and is of great support to the students involved and their families.”

Candidates are provided their own individual WITCards for seamless access to WIT’s library building.

Minister Halligan had huge praise for WIT library staff and the various partners they collaborate with to make this programme such a success:

“Provision of a quiet and distraction-free area to study and access resources is of great importance to young people and I commend WIT for taking the initiative in supporting the needs of Leaving Cert students in Waterford.

“Furthermore, offering Second Level students this opportunity to regularly visit the Institute gives them an invaluable taste of college life, which will be of great benefit when it comes to considering their Third Level options and defining their career paths.”


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