Off the Shelf DIT Library Services, Aungier St. Volume 7, Issue 1
Comment The new semester is beginning again and the summer seems to have flown. Welcome to all of our new first year students. We have met some of you already and hope to meet the remainder during induction week. Returning veterans will notice that quite a few changes have happened in the Library over the summer. Further details are contained herein! Please read on. This year, in association with DITSU, we hope to make the library a much quieter place in which to work and study. The upper floor is now designated a quiet study area. Persistent noise makers who are disturbing their colleagues will be asked to leave the library. Mobile phones must be set to silent and, again, you will be asked to leave if you insist on using your phone for anything other than silent texting. Areas of the library are, of necessity, noisy. People need to talk at the main Service Point for example. Photocopying and printing can be noisy activities. They do not need to be accompanied, however, by people talking in groups at a level that carries all over the library. We need everyone’s help to turn the library into a space where users can work in peace and quiet to the benefit of all.
Anne Ambrose College Librarian
Library Contacts Service Point 402 3068 Inter Library Loans 402 7169
Major Changes to Library Collections It has been apparent for some time that much of the overnight/weekend short loan collection was being significantly underused. Anecdotal feedback from students indicated that the loan period was too short and many used this collection only as a last resort. Equally, the 7 day loan collection, which was restricted to part-time students, was not being used as effectively as we had hoped when it was first set up in 2002. For this reason, we have now taken the radical step of discontinuing the overnight/weekend loan facility completely. The collection is no more! Instead, we now have a new, much expanded 7 day loan collection which will be available to all students – full-time and part-time. The new collection is comprised of multiple copies of heavily used texts which have now been amalgamated with the main lending collection. Each book has a very noticeable purple 7 day sticker on the spine so they will be easy to distinguish. A reference only copy of the top 100 most heavily used text books is also available. Be warned, however, that fines for 7 day loan items are hefty at €1.50 per day overdue. This can soon mount up to a sizable fine and users with accumulated fines over €3 are not allowed to borrow until they have cleared their account.
Mind, Body & Spirit Matters The Library recently received a donation of €500 from the DIT Foundation to set up a Mind, Body Spirit collection. This is essentially a collection of books on general health and wellbeing which, it is hoped, will be of benefit to many of our users. A further donation of €1,250 has now been obtained from another sponsor. Library staff are busy ordering from a book list compiled by Health Centre staff, counsellors, careers (and sports!) advisors, chaplains etc. The majority of the collection will be in place by the end of September and, though small initially, will be expanded gradually over the coming years.
Self Service a Big Success!! DIT Library Services
The two self service machines, introduced in October 2010, have proved a big hit with staff and students alike. A consis‐ tent 65‐70% of all borrowing and returning is now carried out by self service. Users agree that the machines are very easy to use and totally self explanatory. Staff will be on standby again this year to train in new users once term has begun.
New Computers for the Library The library is delighted to announce the arrival of 33 new computers over the summer which will replace older machines in the main computer area on the lower floor. All ma‐ chines provide internet access, E‐mail, Microsoft Office, SPSS and Read and Write Gold. Gaelspell has been rolled out to 15 machines. [Ask at the Service Point for further de‐ tails.] Access to open floor computers is on a first come first served basis.
Library users will be famil‐ iar with the huge, slanted windows on one side of both library floors. Our buildings manager believes that it was a little bird that cracked one of these win‐ dows so badly that the outer pane of glass had to be replaced! What a pro‐ duction that was! Two large cranes and a number of able bodied gentlemen had to be employed over the summer to replace the gigantic pane of glass. See the photos if you don’t be‐ lieve us!
Ricoh Room gets a face‐lift. The Library print/copy service is provided by Ricoh Ltd and, over the summer, they have been busy refurbishing the Print/Copy Room and branding it in their own image!! Two extra machines have been added in‐ cluding a new colour printer. Training for first year groups in the use of the various multi‐functional devices will take place in early September. Watch out for notice of times.
Library Information Skills Training In the academic year 2010‐11, librarians at Aungier Street taught 3,262 students in 192 classes ranging from basic orientation to research skills workshops, electronic resources, referencing/citing, EndNote Web and more. If you would like to book a class for your students this year, please contact our subject librarians ‐ Israel Chidavaenzi, Vivian Ní Chuiv or Sarah Anne Kennedy ‐ at 3068. We have a whole menu of class options for you to select from. Students who would like some one‐to‐one training or advice should come to the main Service Point and ask for the Librarian on Call who will be delighted to assist.
Looking for Theses/Dissertations?
Editorial Board Editor: Anne Ambrose Design & Layout: Fiachra Mangan
All post‐graduate dissertations and theses received by the library are now available for reference use only on the upper floor of the library. Items are shelved alphabetically according to course title and each course has a distinguishing colour code on the spine. Undergraduate dissertations are also on the upper floor but have been moved closer to the computer area. These are also course coded for easy access. All DIT research theses ‐ PhD and M.Phil – are available in full text on Arrow, the DIT Institutional Repository at http://arrow.dit.ie. Search under Theses or by author/title.