Monday, May 16, 2016

Star Reader LIT Lecturer Simon McGuire

LIT Lecturer Simon McGuire, founder and director of the Limerick Film Festival, who lives by the mantra ‘choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’, took time out to tell us about his favourite books...and explain why he’ll always have a conversation on a desert island. Favourite Book: The Craftsman By Richard Sennett: This text presents a philosophically-minded enquiry into the idea of craftsmanship. It is divided into three parts: addressing the craftsman at work; the development of skill; and whether motivation counts for more than talent. Most important college book: Social Research Methods By Alan Bryman: This introduction to research methods provides students and researchers with unrivalled coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods, making it invaluable for anyone embarking on social research. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, and packed full of engaging examples and practical tips to equip students with the tools and knowledge needed for them to complete their own research projects. Desert Island book: The Conversations By Michael Ondaatje:  The Conversations is a treasure, essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

LIT Library host delegates from over  20 countries  at Global Learn Conference on Learning Technology

LIT Library recently hosted the Global Learn: Global Conference on Learning Technology in Limerick city April 28th-29th 2016. Global Learn is an international education conference dedicated to furthering advancement and innovation in learning and technology and is an initiative of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). This years Global Learn was held in the Savoy Hotel, Henry Street, Limerick city and attracted delegates from over 20 countries. Councillor Gerald Mitchell, Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, delivered the opening address at the Conference. Noted keynote speakers at this years Global Learn included Lynda Donovan former Head of Pedagogy and Learning Design at the Learnovate Technology Centre in Trinity College Dublin, currently a consultant, researcher and entrepreneur, and  Dr Nicola Whitton-Professor of Professional Learning at Manchester Metropolitan University.   Global Learn is the first of  3 Major International Library  Conferences  hosted by LIT Library during 2016. In November LIT Library will host the prestigious annual International Summit of the Book.  This Summit which will attract up to 400 delegates to Limerick city is one of the important initiatives launched by the US Library of Congress  to emphasize the key position of the book and libraries in preserving national cultural identities and human civilization. The inaugural Summit took place in Washington D.C. on 6–7 December 2012. Every year, the Summit is held in a city that has a global cultural impact—namely Washington, Singapore, and Paris in the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively. Last year this important cultural event was held for the first time in Africa and the Arab world- in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt.   in December LIT Library will host the International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology (ICCSIT) which will bring up to 200 delegates to Limerick city. ICCSIT is an international forum for the presentation of technological advances and research results in the fields of Computer and Information Science and Information Technology. The Conference is supported and sponsored by the American Society of Research. ICCSIT has been held previously in cities such as Singapore, Chengdu, Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam and is now in its 9th year and we are delighted that LIT will host this international Conference in 2016. Photo Courtesy of Lynne Brislane

Friday, April 29, 2016

Book Orders by May 23rd

LIT library service is pleased to invite order requests from academic staff for library items which will be purchased over the summer period.  To assist the library staff with this process and to ensure the requested items are fully integrated into our library collection by September 5, 2016, please return completed order forms to your local library no later than Monday May 23, 2016.  Staff are reminded that order requests must be approved by their Head of Department, and that all orders are checked against the library catalogue. Please note that orders may be subject to budgetary constraints.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Prince in more ways than one….

The musical genius, who sadly passed away this April, was also a library hero. In 2011 he donated $12,000 to Louisville's Western Branch Library, which in 1905 became the first library in the nation operated by and serving African Americans. Library communications director Paul Burns, a massive Prince fan who worked as a graphic artist at the library in 2011 when the check arrived, asked if he could scan a copy of the check and donation letter from Prince's charity, Love 4 One Another, the letter designed the funds to "assist your library in reaching all areas of the community." Somehow he'd learned about the significance of the western branch," Burns said. "He was a very generous artist and very interested in culturally significant things in the African American community." The library was initially called the ‘Western Colored Library’. It wasn't until the 1940s that Louisville libraries were integrated. The Prince donation was used for children's programming and outreach services. R.I.P. to a legend.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LSAD star reader

The most beloved LSAD sculpture technician Pat Biesty is a genius who has the perfect solution to being stranded on a desert island .. Just don’t count on him to get you a take-away! Childhood book -  favourite daytime reads were Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and favourite bedtime was The tiger that came to tea by Judith Kerr College book - Ways of seeing by John Berger Desert island
- Encyclopedia Britannica complete 30 volume set 15th edition plus 12 volume extra—the ones that every house in the country had at one stage, before the internet. I could read a few, burn a few for fuel, maybe eat a few, and if I had a bit of PVA make a boat to get off the island, …..and a kindle with a library of books! My mother told me this one. When I was 10 I went to the local library with her, went up to the counter and said, "I'll HAVE A CHEESE-BURGER, CHIPS AND A COKE!" “Shhhh! Please" says the librarian. "This is a library. You'll have to be quiet!" My mother makes me say sorry, after a few minutes I whisper in a very low voice, "I'll have a cheese-burger, chips and a Coke!"

Artists’ Books Limerick Exhibition February 2016 LSAD.

ABLE - Artists' Books Limerick Exhibition is an exciting exhibition open to Students and Staff of LSAD - both past and present! Closing date for submissions is Monday, 8th February and the exhibition will run in the foyer from 15th -29th February. Gonna be great folks!!!! To coincide with the ABLE Artists' books exhibition, LSAD are delighted to run four different workshops on various aspects of book-making and binding techniques. Bella Walsh , Artist, Printer and Bookmaker is running these. These workshops are scheduled for 28th and 29th January. Workshop A: Thurs 28th 10.00am - 12.30pm 'Concertinas and folded books'. Workshop B: Thurs. 28th 1.30pm - 4.00pm. Glued case bound books. Workshop C: Fri. 29th 10.00am - 12.30pm ' The Coptic, complex single leaf binding. Workshop D: 1.30pm - 4.00pm 'Coptic - continued' For more information - contact Anne Culhane or Alan Crowley….or the Facebook page ABLE LSAD.