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Autumn 2012

Welcome back to all of you, we’ve missed you madly over the Summer, and we are also very excited about meeting all our new patrons. Your student card is your library card, and you may borrow books and DVD’s, and you will also have journals and online databases for your perusal. Over the next few weeks we will be giving induction tours to all our first years so you will be shown how to use your library to the best advantage, so don’t fret. The most important thing to remember right now is that we are accessible and not to be afraid to come to the desk and ask us for help, we know it is a difficult few weeks as you adjust to a new environment but we’re here to help….so use us!

LIT Library has implemented a new search engine called ‘Summon’ What is Summon?

Summon is a powerful Google-like search engine that allows library researchers to discover material of all sorts through a single search box. It holds listings for journals, books, eBooks, thesis, videos, newspaper articles, government documents, reports, conference papers and more. Summon searches everything currently available in the Classic Library Catalogue, in addition to much of the content of our on-line databases and offers fast access to content such as eJournals or eBooks. From search results, it is one step to the full-text articles or you can see if a book is available. Summon is good starting place when you are uncertain about which discipline-specific library database to use and it can be very helpful when you are beginning research on a subject that is new to you or investigating a multidisciplinary topic. Advantages in using Summon: Through one simple search, it provides instant access to credible and reliable library content – digital and print. Results can be limited to items immediately available in full text online. Search results include citations of many kinds of sources: books, journal and newspaper articles, conference proceedings and more. Search results can be limited by content type, library location, subject terms, publication date, language and more. Searches can include materials that are not part of the library collections, but which can easily be requested through our Inter Library Loan service. Citations in your search results can be viewed in commonly used citation formats, exported to Endnote, emailed and printed. You will find Summon on the library home page or at ”Quick Start Guide” on how to search Summon is available at:

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LIT Library ASPIRE to develop access to inclusive education in €800,000 EU funded Tempus project. LIT Library are proud to announce more success in the area of EU funding with their involvement as a partner in an exciting new Tempus project called ASPIRE which aims to develop access to inclusive education in Armenia and Georgia. The project which is led by Ilia State University, Tbilisi Georgia also involves Edge Hill University (UK), The Pyramid Group (Germany), Technical University Of Kosice (Slovakia) as well as 5 institutions in Armenia and 4 institutions from Georgia. The project will promote and develop access to inclusive education, to social integration and to non-discrimination treatment of those with special needs in education in accordance with the Bologna Process and United Nations criteria. This will initiate the right of individuals with special needs to access education, to enjoy the right of participation in everyday society and to combat discrimination against them in society by instilling awareness and acceptance in society. This is not the first success LIT Library have had in Tempus. Last year Limerick Institute of Technology through LIT Library became the first Irish institution of any kind to lead a Tempus project since Tempus began in 1990 with their leading of Tempus project RINGIDEA: Developing information literacy for lifelong learning and knowledge economy in Western Balkan countries This project also involves higher education institutions from Romania, Greece, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99 and Montenegro and secured €1.2 million-the largest grant ever awarded to a library and information science project in the history of the Tempus programme For further information about the RINGIDEA or ASPIRE Tempus projects please contact: Jerald Cavanagh, Institute Librarian, Limerick Institute of Technology Padraig Kirby, Senior Library Assistant, Limerick Institute of Technology


August 15th was a bitter sweet day as we said farewell to our work colleague Marie Ryan, who had become known as ‘The library legend’ by the students due to her dedication to getting the information they required by hook or by crook, she would search and find! So, though we didn’t want to say goodbye, we were happy that Marie is going to have a well earned rest. We celebrated in style and had a lovely lunch followed by a presentation of : flowers, a beautiful painting by Tipperary student John Burke, a ceramic piece by lecturer Mandy Parslow, and a voucher from all the staff . LSAD Librarian Anne Culhane gave a beautiful farewell speech and then we partied on down with all the homemade goodies brought by staff. We wish Marie the best and hope she enjoys her retirement.

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Volume 6 Issue 1

CORMAC MORRISON-The Corkman who makes CCS scintillating, LSAD lecturer Cormac shares some inspirational reading secrets


Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart . Once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen. Entertaining, humourous, scary, shocking, subversive, a cult classic.

Collier's Children's Encyclopaedia - blast from the past. Encyclopaedia which covered an incredible range of children's poetry and fiction.

“365 Tao is my most popular book by far, and it has had a life I never expected. It has been used by people in recovery, people seeking daily inspiration, and people simply interested in delving into Taoism in a gradual way.” Deng Ming-Dao

What was your favourite childhood book? My favourite childhood books were the Collier's Children's Encyclopaedia covered an incredible range of children's poetry and fiction. Broadband access was tricky when I was a kid. What books had the most influence on you in your college days? My favourite book in college was ‘The Dice man’ by Luke Rheinhardt If you were stranded on a desert Island what book would you like to have with you? My desert island book would be ‘365 Tao’ by Deng Ming-Dao. Maeve Binchy (May 28, 1940 - July 30, 2012) It was with immense sadness that we learned of the death of one of Ireland’s best loved authors this July. Maeve Binchy was loved by generations. Her work, which included ‘Circle of Friends’ and ‘Tara Road’, brought warmth into the hearts of the reader and left them with the feeling that they had just been hugged. Her books have outsold those of other Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Edna O'Brien and Roddy Doyle! Though her gregarious character will be sorely missed, her spirit will live on as she enthralls future generations of readers.


Pictured left to right are: Magdalena Fedorczyk-Falis: University of Warsaw Library Dr. Maria Hinfelaar: President LIT, Agnieska Wrobel and Beata Salanaska: University of Warsaw Library, Jerald Cavanagh: Institute Librarian, LIT.

LIT Library recently hosted the visit of three librarians from the University of Warsaw as part of an Erasmus Staff Training Mobility programme. The Librarians spent one week in LIT where they exchanged experience and learned about the strategy and structure of LIT Libraries and met with President of LIT Dr. Maria Hinfelaar as well as Jerald Cavanagh Institute Librarian. The visit was very rewarding for both the University of Warsaw and LIT Library. The Librarians learned much about LIT Library functions and future prospects for cooperation between both institutions were strengthened greatly as a result of the visit. It is hoped that the visit will lead to much fruitful collaboration between both libraries in the years to come.

to become a friend of LSAD Library on face book, you’ll find us under Lib Lsad. It’s a great way to keep in touch with past pupils, current exhibitions and general happenings.

DO YOU MIND IF WE BLOW OUR TRUMPET? As part of the School and Programmatic Review process in 2012, LSAD Library received a very satisfactory report from the peer-review panel which stated that they had met with the student group in LSAD who had the following to say; The group discussed the LSAD Library and Gallery. The students described the library and library staff as ‘fantastic’ and ‘amazing’. They were happy with the collection and online resources. They recommended some additional PCs and space for the library.

LIT LIBRARY HOSTS DELEGATES FROM OVER 60 COUNTRIES AT QQML INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE LIT Library proudly hosted the International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) 22-25th May 2012 in the Absolute Hotel Limerick. The Conference was officially opened by Major of Limerick Cllr Jim Long. The Conference, of truly international scope, saw over 300 delegates from over 60 countries come to Limerick. There was representation from the United States, Canada, the UK, Scandinavia, Australia as well as other countries from all parts of the World such as Venezuela, Iran, Congo, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Pictured left to right: Mexico, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, Nigeria Jerald Cavanagh Institute Librarian, Local Committee Co-Chair, LIT, Dr. Ching- among many others. The running of QQML in chih Chen ,Professor Emerita, Simmons College, Boston, Prof. Anthi Katsirikou, QQML Conference Chair, Padraig Kirby, Local Committee Co-Chair, Senior Limerick was particularly special as it is the first Library Assistant, LIT, Prof. Christos Skiadas, QQML Conference Co-Chair, Tech- time that the conference has been held outside of nical University of Crete, Greece. Greece where the conference originated and where it has been running successfully for the past number of years. Keynote Speaker at the Conference was Ching-chih Chen a leading expert and speaker in the field of Digital Information Management and Technology. Mrs. Chen is Professor Emerita of Simmons College, Boston and President of a non-profit organization, Global Connection and Collaboration, Inc. A sought-after international speaker in over two dozen countries, she has delivered keynote speeches and made presentations at numerous international conferences including those in countries like Argentina, China, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, Vietnam etc. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she was appointed by President Clinton in February 1997 to serve as a member of the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). QQML proved to be a great success with many availing of the social programme offered by the Conference such as visits to Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher and a trip around the Ring of Kerry proving very popular with all nationalities. The Conference also saw the delegates avail of the many fine restaurants, shops and pubs in the city during their stay. QQML is aimed primarily at Librarians and library staff the world over who are interested in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their library services, interested in finding the best way to allocate resources and funding and in determining why and when library users use their services.

LIT Library Newsletter - Autumn 2012