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WELCOME BACK to all our library users and a WARM WELCOME to all our NEW PATRONS for this academic year! Here’s a quick refresher for you……….. Looking For Books If you are in the Library you can search the catalogue using the OPAC (online public Access Catalogues) or alternatively you can search the library catalogue online at http;// Journals, also known as periodicals or magazines are an excellent source of current information. They contain information on the latest trends, research and theories in a specific field of study. Current years journals are shelved alphabetically at the back of the library on a journal display stand. Back issues of journals can be found at the back of the library arranged by alphabetical and year order in document boxes.By doing a title search on the OPAC you can see if the latest issue of a journal has been received. You can also see how far back the holdings are for that particular journal. When an electronic version of a journal is available, click on the “access the electronic version link “on the library results page. A pop up screen will request your user ID and password, for student ID you need to write the word “student” followed by a forward slash and then your ID number e.g. User ID; student/ K0000012 and for Password simply use your network password. Electronic journals can also be accessed via the E-journal link on the library homepage Online Databases provide access to journals , books, conference papers and reports that can be searched via the Library homepage. The same network username and password as above is required to gain access to these resources. Most of the databases provide full text and are available on and off campus. If you are off campus you must click on Off Campus Access and enter your Name, K-Number and a PIN (Personal Identification Number) of your choice (the first time you enter a PIN you will be asked to confirm it) and submit. Inter-Library Loans if the material you are searching for is unavailable in our library, you can apply for an interlibrary loan (ILL). Simply email Alternatively request an ILL form at the library issue desk. Subject librarians provide training sessions for both individuals and groups throughout the academic year. Training is provided on specific library resources as well as subject assistance for projects and theses. Tutorials on referencing and citation as well as conducting literature reviews are also available. Training in the use of Endnote bibliographic software can be provided. REMEMBER TO ASK AT THE DESK IF YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY

MOODLE MATTERS Moodle is a course management system (CMS) -a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. All students should be accessing Moodle, the icon is on the LIT homepage) to avail of the online tutorials and to make sure you’re keeping up to date with all the information, tips & projects, from your lecturers! Some examples of Library tutorials online are:

Guide to E-Brary Library Guides Electrical/Electronic Engineering Library Resources Getting the most out of LSAD Library Printable guides for ADT Research & Erasmus and Work Placement Students SO GET MOODLING……..

Some Paul Béliveau prints that libraries all over the World must be coveting!

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LNSS Project Update Information Literacy The LNSS project has been busy over the summer months. In July LIT hosted the LNSS Information Literacy Implementation Seminar and workshops (incorp.Epigeum Ltd.) featuring presentations from leading information literacy specialists from the worlds of academia and libraries from all over Ireland with representation from the UK also. Presentations from the day are now available on the LNSS website Learning to learn: LIT Library Information Literacy Skills programme 2009-2010 was launched on the 16th of September 2009 and a full programme of training events in all aspects of information literacy such as Search strategies and tactics, Advanced searching, Evaluating information, Referencing and plagiarism, defining and focusing your research question and research methods are amongst some of the many topics that are being covered. This programme will run from September 2009 right through to May 2010 and features lunchtime “drop in” information literacy sessions (there are at least 2-3 sessions nearly every week!), information literacy sessions as requested by users as well as one to one training as requested. Details of this programme are available from Library Desks and on both the LIT Library and LNSS websites. To book into a training session please contact Padraig Kirby or Angela O’Malley L.I.L.T. Information Literacy Tutorial and Epigeum Research Skills Online are now up and running and our Learning to learn programme focuses very much on these innovative and engaging resources and how they can help students in their studies and research. Both L.I.L.T. and Epigeum Research Skills Online are accessible through the LIT Library Website .It features innovative use of online video and engaging active learning exercises.

Librarians Information Literacy Conference Limerick 2010 In an exciting new development, LNSS will host the forthcoming LILAC Librarian’s International Information Literacy Conference in 2010. This event largely considered the premier information literacy conference in the world and an important educational conference in its right will take place in the Strand Hotel, Limerick on the 29 th-31st March 2010. This is the first time that this major international library conference has been run outside the UK .

Regional network for Staff development Library staff training courses are on an ongoing basis. Upcoming courses are as follows: Learning & Information Literacy in Web 2.0 2-10-2009 Glucksman Library, University of Limerick; Metadata 16-10-2009, Marketing Information Literacy 5-11-2009 Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick; Advanced Internet Searching Skills 6-11-2009 Glucksman Library, University of Limerick; Developing and exploiting e-book collections 10-11 2009 Glucksman Library, University of Limerick ; Skills for the information desk 3011-2009, IT Tralee Library; Copyright 11-12-2009, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. For further information on training or courses availability for LIT Library staff, please contact Brid Foster For general LNSS project enquiries please contact or or you can visit our LNSS Website at for updates and further information.

Angela O’ Malley, LNSS Administration & Accounts Assistant

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Volume 3 Issue 1

Dr. Alan Kavanagh gets bookish.. 1. What was your favourite childhood book?


Didn’t have one... I grew up in Carew park, Southhill, so I spent all of my time outside playing....books were the furthest thing from my upbringing. 2. What was the book that had the most influence on you in your college? Mechanical Engineering Design, Shigley

3. Do you have any anecdote about the library? Truth is a library only played a part in my life when I went to college.....that’s just how it was..... ) 4. What part do you think the library has played in college life here at LIT? Got me through college... opened my mind.

Some of the New Journals in Clare Street

Hi-Fructose Journal of Modern Craft Art Newspaper

New Ceramics

Collezioni Uomo


DATABASE TUESDAYS IN ART CAMPUS If you would like a one- to one training on how to use the Art Library Databases make an appointment with the Library staff for a time on Tuesday evening that suits you and we will show you!

You May Like Google Chrome… Google Chrome is a web browser that runs web pages and applications with lightning speed. It makes searching simpler. One of Chrome's signature features is its Omnibox, an integrated all-purpose bar at the top of the browser. You can type in a URL or a search term, or both, and Chrome takes you to the right place without asking any questions! It’s still quite new but we’ve been hearing good things at the library desk so it may be worth looking into.

Now…. could you please tell me again… “how many books am I allowed to take out”? Most books may be borrowed by undergraduates for 2 weeks, however heavily used books (Short Loan Books) may only be borrowed for 3 days. Short Loans have SL on the spine label. Reserve Loans (RL) may be borrowed for 2 hours. They are kept behind the issue desk. Undergraduate Students May borrow 7 books at a time 4 on two week loan and 2 on three day loan Plus one on reserve loan (Library use only) Postgraduate Students May borrow 9 books at a time 6 for three weeks and 2 on three day loan Plus one on reserve loan (Library use only) Staff May borrow 11 books at a time 8 for a month at a time, 2 for three day loan Plus one on reserve loan (Library use only)


Monday 9am-9pm Tuesday 9am-9pm Wednesday 9am-9pm Thursday 9am-9pm Friday 9am-5pm Various Saturdays (to be announced ) Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays


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Monday 9am-9pm Tuesday 9am-9pm Wednesday 9am-9pm Thursday 9am-5.30pm Friday 9am-5pm Various Saturdays (to be announced ) Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

A FEW ART BLOGS WORTH CHECKING OUT…. Sometimes it’s worth taking a look at blog sites for inspiration and updates on the world of art. Bloggers are usually passionate about their subject and if you find a good site it can a treasure trove of information, for example take a look at some good Art History Blogs (chosen by Rose Jenson from “online college”) The Art History Blog: You can find fun anecdotes about art history on this blog. Art History Blog: This blog is written to discuss art history and historical facts in the art world. Franklin Einspruch writes this blog to share conversation about art and how to experience it. The Earthly Paradise: This historian has a passion for art, aesthetics, and literature. History & Art History: This blog is written by George Mason University. Smart history: Find thoughts on teaching and technology in art from this blog. UCLA Arts Library Art and Art History Blog: This blog offers news about the library and archive at the UCLA Arts Library. Current Events of Research in Visual History: You can read about the latest in visual history research on this French blog. BibliOdyssey: Find books, illustrations, science, and visual material obscura throughout history on this blog. When Art History Goes Bad: This art history nerd likes to complain. Shelley’s Art History Blog: This blog offers insightful looks into art history. History Blog: Get an insight into history through this blog. The Art History Newsletter: Find updates on art history through this newsletter. Painting History: Painting History discusses historic moments captured on canvas. Famous Paintings Reviewed: Read this blog to learn about famous paintings throughout history. Your Daily Art: Get the background behind art through this daily blog. Old Paint: This blog features an old painting a day. Art Blog by Bob: Bob offers a well researched and accessible art history blog. GetDaGoss: GetDaGoss is an online art history encyclopedia and luxury lifestyle magazine. The Punching Bag: The Punching Bag offers a look into cultural heritage, economics,politics. Cultural Heritage in Danger: Read this blog to learn about saving antiquities.

LIT Library Newsletter Autumn 2009