Socially distant (but still social!) greetings from LIT Library, which is currently very closed.
As librarians, our mission is to help students and staff in any way we can. Physically closing the library was a difficult decision, as we know how important this space is to many of you. But ultimately, it's in line with our goal to help. This is a decisive time for how the pandemic as a whole is going to play out, and the fewer people who get sick right now, the easier it'll be for everyone long term.
Luckily, libraries have become increasingly digital in recent years, and we're in a good position to provide you with services remotely. For up to date information, you can check out our Covid-19 LibGuide, linked below. Included in this guide are instructions on accessing digital material and a list of librarians who, like you, are currently stuck indoors doing their work from home. Channels like email, phone, and the library website's "Ask A Librarian" chat feature remain open to you. Rest assured, we're still happy to assist you any way we can, and there's plenty of material you can access from home!
Best of luck continuing your studies through this difficult time. If you need help, don't hesitate to approach us. Digitally, that is. Please do not literally approach us.
Our librarians are always happy to assist you in finding the materials you need. But with a heavier emphasis on working from home, you might want to take the search into your own hands. Luckily, the library's search engine, 'Discover', is easy to use.
You can get started by visiting the library website, which has the easy-to-remember URL "library.lit.ie". The Discover search engine should be the first thing you see. You can use this exactly the same way you would use a website like Google, the difference being that Discover only searches through library resources such as eBooks and online journals. Just enter the keywords you want to search for. A useful note is to put key phrases longer than one word into quotation marks. Searching for library science might run the risk of showing you everything about libraries and everything about science - "library science" should give much more specific results.
From there, you'll see the most relevant results listed in the centre of the page (marked in blue). The search engine will automatically try to present you with the best options first. If you want to customise your search, there are quick options listed on the left of the screen (marked in green), and you can set up more specific parameters by clicking the link at the top that says "Advanced Search" (marked in red). Probably the most important option worth checking is "Full Text". Sometimes Discover will try to point you toward an article that the library might not have access to. By ticking "Full Text", you'll ensure that you'll only see results you can read in full.
If you still can't find what you're looking for, it's worth noting that Discover doesn't search through all the databases the library has access to. Accessing these databases is also quite simple.
After clicking on 'Databases' in the library website, you'll see the databases listed under seven subject headings. If you need something outside of these subjects, you can search through the section labeled All. There are also several multidisciplinary databases, such as Academic Collection of eBooks, Academic Search Ultimate, Emerald Insight, OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition, and ScienceDirect. As always, you can always turn to a librarian for help, by emailing email@example.com or calling 061 293265.
And that's it! Books in the library's catalogue should be listed with their shelf number, along with whether or not they're currently available for loan. Articles and other digital results should redirect you to where you can read and/or download the material. Happy researching!
While Seachtain na Gaeilge is a uniquely Irish event, Ireland is still a member of the wider global community. Seachtain na Gaeilge was scheduled to take place in LIT around St. Patrick's Day, as is traditional. But due to the coronavirus, LIT's committee for the event has decided to postpone the institute's celebrations for the moment.
The good news is that Seachtain na Gaeilge really is when you make it! The committee intends to revisit the festivities once the time is right. Until then, stay safe, and stay indoors. After all - níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.
We aren't the only libraries who have gone digital! If you're a member of Ireland's public libraries, now is an excellent time to peruse their online offerings. A library membership can allow you to check out eBooks, eMagazines, Audiobooks, and more. Definitely worth investigating if you want something to break up Netflix binges.
Jerald Cavanagh, Institute Librarian/Project Leader, LIT (pictured far left) and Padraig Kirby, Research Development and Innovation Project Officer, LIT (pictured far right) with Sergiy Shevtsov (pictured centre left) and Oleksandr Kulyk (pictured centre right) from Dnipropetrovsk National University (DNU), Dnipro, Ukraine, attending the DocHub Conference on Transferable Skills, Dnipro, Ukraine, January 27th-28th 2020.
LIT Library was proud to host a training event for ERASMUS + Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education-funded project
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