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