Monday, December 14, 2009


ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides a full abstracting and indexing service of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogues, PhD dissertations and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art.
ABM is the premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards. It includes abstracts of English and Foreign-language material on famous and lesser known artists.
ABM's coverage includes the traditional disciplines like illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture and drawing, as well as, performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, grafitti, artists' books, theatre, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion and calligraphy.
You can access ARTbibliographies Modern by going to the Library homepage and clicking on "database trials", please avail of the trial which continues to the end of December 2009 and forward all feedback to Anne Culhane at mailto:anne.fculhane@lit.ieor Sarah Landy at

Monday, November 30, 2009

MORE TRIALS...... not that kind of Trial, it's a Library!
NexisDirect – Database trial

Students and staff....The latest interface from Lexis Nexis is now being trialled at L.I.T. NexisDirect allows more efficient and user friendly access to all the resources of the Business and News Database Nexis Professional. Resources include company profiles with company accounts, industry and personal profiles, news, as well as acquisitions and mergers information.
This trial will run until 14th December 2009. Please click on the Database trials link on the library homepage. Enter your elit username and password, and follow the simple instructions to log on for trial 2 NexisDirect.
If you encounter any access issues please contact Sarah Landy, Systems Librarian at

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Trial Access to GreenR

Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources

L.I.T. Library are delighted to have trial access to the GREENR database. GreenR is an interactive database which covers such subject areas as Energy Systems, Population, Climate Change, and Resource Management etc. To access the trial please click the Database Trials link on the library homepage, you will be prompted to enter your elit username and password. GreenR is currently Trial 2 listed on this page. Please follow the simple instructions to access the trial. The trial will run until 1st December 2009. Your feedback on this trial is welcome. Please send feedback to

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Institute Librarian Jerald Cavanagh's talk on Web Search Strategies & Tactics is now available on the LIT Library Website- you can find the presentation on the Library website- go to then click on Information and Research Skills Tutorials.
check out our new online information skills tutorials on L.I.L.T., Information Literacy and Epigeum Research Skills available at with built in quizzes, practice scenarios and online videos dealing with topics such as research methods, literature review, information searching and evaluation, referencing. citation and plagiarism....what's not to love!

Database Trial – Academic Onefile
L.I.T. library are delighted to announce a trial on the Academic Onefile database. Academic OneFile provides diverse content across a range of disciplines. Some of the content which is included in Onefile is as follows:
Strong coverage of hard sciences, medicine, engineering and business
Full collection of Elsevier abstracts for every Elsevier journal, from 1996 to present
Full-text of the London Times and Financial Times
Full-text for periodicals covered in major bibliographic databases such as CINAHL, BIOSIS, MLS, PsychInfo, ERIC, EconLit, RILM and others
Peer-reviewed journals in multiple languages and ability to translate all content to multiple languages
Staff and students are encouraged to use Academic Onefile for the period of the trial which runs to the 31st October, 2009.
The trial is accessible via the Database Trials link on the library website. Please enter your elit login when prompted. Your feedback is welcome. Please email Sarah Landy at

Trial Access to BIZ / ED Premier

L.I.T. library are glad to announce trial access to BIZ / ED Premier. BIZ / ED Premier is a fulltext book database, giving the user fulltext access to the latest editions of core texts in the areas of business and economics.
Titles include:
Drury, Colin “Cost and management accounting”, 9th edition.
Lucey, Terry “Management information systems”, 6th edition
Cole, Gerald “Management theory and practice”, 6th edition

To access this trial please click on the database trials link on the library homepage and follow the instructions for logging in.

This trial will run until 19th November, 2009.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October is Dyslexia Month

Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Richard Branson, Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Hans Christian Anderson, ...just a few great people who had something thing in common, they were brilliant.....Oh and they had Dyslexia!
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month ant to mark it The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is inviting all book clubs (and other interested groups) to join our Novel Idea ... Read for Dyslexia Campaign. With your support the Dyslexia Association will be able to provide more specialist tutorial assistance to help people with dyslexia to discover the joy of reading. How? Every €40 raised will provide one hour of specialist tuition for a group of people with dyslexia.
Book clubs can help to raise funds in any way they choose, e.g. collecting donations at your next book club meeting, selling second-hand books, a sponsored reading marathon, a coffee morning, or a book-themed quiz night. The more novel the idea the better. The most Novel Idea will win a fantastic prize - a visit to your book club/group by Don Mullan, noted Irish author and human rights campaigner, and book vouchers to the value of €300. Detailed information and a registration form for the Novel Idea contact

Dyslexia Association of Ireland
Suffolk Chambers
1 Suffolk Street
Dublin 2
Tel. 01 6790276
www.dyslexia.ieCharity No. 10044

Thursday, September 3, 2009

getting ready to welcome you back's been a pretty miserable Summer weather wise but we hope you enjoyed your break regardless. We've been busy here at the two Campus Libraries getting ready for your return.......the shelves are sorted, the new stock is in and we're rested and ready to rock!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fun stuff to do with books:)

Just because you don’t enjoy reading a good book,……. doesn’t mean there aren’t other uses for them...we just adore these images of book sculptures found on the website “”.

Richard Ruth Reading

This summer Richard Ruth, Head of LSAD is retiring. We will miss him greatly. We asked him a few bookish questions before he said farewell though! What was your favourite childhood book? “Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss What was the book that had the most influence on you in your college days? “Design for the real world” by Victor Papanek If you were stranded on a desert Island what book would you like to have with you? “Goodbye to all that” by Robert Graves What part do you think the library has played in College Life here in LSAD? Nothing but praise for the library. It has been a major catalyst in putting LSAD/LIT to the forefront in art and design education What lovely answers Richard!..and we certainly hope you will be a regular visitor back to the LSAD Library!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Database Trial of "ECONOMIST HISTORICAL ARCHIVE 1843-2003

The Economist Historical Archive 1843 – 2003
L.I.T. Library are delighted to announce trial access to the Economist Historical Archive 1843 - 2003. This archive delivers a complete searchable copy of every issue of "The Economist" spanning 160 years. The database incorporates multiple search indexes, access to full colour images, exportable financial tables and a gallery of front covers highlighting a key topic of each week.
The trial is accessible via the library homepage. Please choose the “database trials” link and follow the instructions for access. The trial runs until May 20th, 2009.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Limerick Institute of Technology kicked off a week of activities with the Launch of Library Ireland Week for the Limerick Region. The event was held in LIT’s Millennium Theatre and was attended by local and regional Librarians, members of the Institute and members of Limerick’s Business Community. In keeping with the theme of 2009 Library Ireland Week, “Libraries: Inspiring Entrepreneurship” and incorporating International Women’s Day, the guest speaker was Dorothy Quinn, President of “Network Limerick” an organisation for women in business, the professions and the arts. Dorothy spoke highly about the benefit of both academic and Public Libraries for any entrepreneurs, of the vital role that Libraries play in our communities, and finished with some anecdotes about her own personal experiences.
Throughout Library Week the Librarians gave tutorials on databases, bibliographic software and search engines. A stand was placed on the LIT Streetscape, where Librarians were at hand to offer advice and information on Library resources (while also giving away a few generously donated promotional gifts!)
The Library also held some competitions, a library quiz, which was a great success as the simple multiple choice questions encouraged many applicants while also helping to reinforce some Library Information. Another competition, “Write a Limerick about the Library” asked the patrons to compose a Limerick beginning with the line; “The Library is a wonderful space…”, the amount of entries was staggering and we’ve had great fun reading them. Here is one of our winners:
The Library is a wonderful space.
I borrow my books by the case
Someday – for the crack…
I’ll bring them all back
In a truck with a smile on my face”
All in all a busy week was had by both staff and patrons and now we face into the second half of the academic year with renewed gusto!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


As part of the celebrations for Library Ireland Week LIT Library are pleased to announce Endnote 'Tame your bibliography' training sessions on the following dates:

Thurdsay 5-3-2008 Library Training Room Moylish 2.30PM to 3.30PM
Friday 6-3-2008 Library Training Room Moylish 1-2PM

You may book a session or if you would like to just 'drop in' on the day that fine too.

EndNote is the leading bibliographic software program on the market today. It can be used to search for literature, develop a personal library of references, and create and format citations for papers and publications.

To book a session please contact:

Padraig Kirby BA (Hons) HdipLIS
LNSS Librarian Project Coordinator

Thursday, February 26, 2009


L.I.T. library are delighted to announce the introduction of 5 new online databases, 4 of which are Ebsco databases acquired in association with the IRel initiative. These databases cover a wide range of subject disciplines, and will be of benefit to all L.I.T.’s student body. The 4 Ebsco databases are as follows: 1. Academic Source Premier – “The world’s largest scholarly, fulltext multidiscipline database..”. Coverage includes biology, chemistry, engineering, I.T., physics and psychology to name but a few. 2. Business Source Premier - “The industry’s most popular business research database”. Its extensive fulltext content includes, all business disciplines, as well as, market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and S.W.O.T. analyses 3. Regional Business News – A supplemental database to customers of Business Source Premier with access to over 50 regional business publications U.S.A.). 4. UK/ Ireland Reference Centre – A database of British and Irish reference sources, including encyclopaedias, photos and maps.
And finally ,our fifth new database 5. PubMed Central, a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, provided by the United States, National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.)
All these new databases are available online at


Test your library knowledge

The LIT Library is holding a Quiz hosted on Moodle as part of our Library Week Activities. Great Prizes to be won. All you have to do is log on and answer some simple multiple choice questions related to the LIT library.
For a copy of the LSAD quiz, come to our Clare Street Library issue desk. Go on, you know you want to…….


WRITE A “LIMERICK” ABOUT THE LIBRARY COMPETITION Origins of the limerick: In the history of Irish Literature the town of Croom , in the heart of the County limerick, is celebrated as the meeting place of the 18th century “Fili na Maighe” (the Gaelic poets of the Maigue). This was the original birthplace of the “Limerick”! How do I compose one? A Limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet. The rhyme pattern is a a b b a with lines 1, 2 & 5 containing 3 beats and rhyming, and lines 3 & 4 having 2 beats and rhyming. They often contain hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idioms, and puns.The last line of a good limerick contains the PUNCH LINE or "heart of the joke”. As part of Library Ireland week we are holding a Limerick Competition. All you have to do is use this line as a starter point; “THE LIBRARY IS A WONDERFUL PLACE”…….. Get your creative juices flowing and give us a giggle.Great Prizes. Closing date March 8th. Entries to


Libraries: inspiring entrepreneurship”
LIT Library Services join forces with Network Ireland to launch Library Ireland Week in the Limerick Region

LIT Library Services is delighted to announce its partnership with Network Ireland for the launch of the 2009 Library Ireland Week in the Limerick Region.The launch will take place at the LIT Millennium Theatre at 3:00 p.m. Monday, 2nd March, 2009 with the help of Ms. Dorothy Quinn, President of Network Limerick.

The theme of this year’s Library Ireland Week is “Libraries: inspiring entrepreneurship” and because the week coincides with International Women’s Day, LIT is taking the opportunity to celebrate women in business and entrepreneurship and the role Librarians can play in inspiring these entrepreneurs.
Jerald Cavanagh, Institute Librarian at LIT says “The role of the Librarian has never been so important than in these challenging economic times. What we need now is inspiring ideas and vision and Libraries and Librarians have the knowledge and expertise to instil vital research skills and guide potential entrepreneurs through the substantial information resources provided by Libraries and the enormous information resource that is the Internet."
Library Ireland Week 2009 takes place from the 2nd to the 9th of March 2009 in libraries all over Ireland and is a national celebration of the work of Librarians and Libraries in Ireland highlighting their work by holding events, drawing attention to the issues Librarians and Libraries face and celebrating their achievements.
Dorothy Quinn, President of Network Limerick – an organisation for women in business, the professions and the arts - said the role of libraries for personal and professional use is invaluable: "I have used libraries myself for the purposes of researching my masters thesis and continue to use libraries today. Network Limerick encourages its members to use libraries and realises their vital role in inspiring entrepreneurship."
Library Ireland Week in the Limerick Region is a joint initiative of Libraries from University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick City Library, Limerick County Library and Mary Immaculate College.
For more information on Library Ireland Week see