Library closing for Christmas

The library will close on Tuesday 23rd December at 12pm for the Christmas holidays and open again on Friday 2nd January.
Wishing all the students and staff a very merry christmas and a happy new year.

Extended Library Opening Hours

The Library will extend its Friday and Saturday opening hours to facilitate students preparing for examinations.
The following opening hours will apply from Saturday 29th November:
Saturdays 10:00 - 17:00
29th November
6th December
13th December
3rd January
10th January
Fridays 08:00 - 21:00
19th December
2nd January
9th January

Study skills

Exams are around the corner but there is no need to panic.

To help you with your revision check out emerald- one of our online databases which has a page of helpful study tips for you.

Just follow the link below and remember to sign into your libary account

Sage Trail until 31st December

SAGE -Communications and Media Studies - Free Online access to 24 journals for two months:

Get acquainted with SAGE’s many journals in Communication and Media Studies Sage are currently offering free full-text access to 24 journals for two months until the 31st December 2008! All you have to do is register here. Once registered, you will have full-text online access to these titles! You can browse abstracts, perform quick or advanced keyword searches, and download full-text articles.

Library Closure Mon Nov 24th

The library will be closed from 12 - 2.30 on Monday November 24th.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Exam Papers going Live!

From Monday 24th November 2008 past exam papers will only be available online.
To view exam papers online go to the Library Website and click on exam papers or go to

For further information and assistance please contact the Library Desk where the Library Staff will be happy to guide you through the process.

Touch Type Read Spell training

New software available in the library on a 2-week trial basis.
Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS) is specifically designed to develop reading, writing, spelling, touch-typing skills, self esteem and motivation for students with dyslexia and other literacy difficulties.

We are currently organising one-hour group training sessions on how to operate TTRS. Details are:
Library Training Room (114 – upstairs in library)
· Monday, November 17th, 5 to 6 pm
· Thursday, November 20th, 12 to 1 pm
· Monday, November 24th, 5 to 6 pm

Science Week 9-16th November

Celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth, Science Week Ireland 2008 will examine emerging technologies, the latest movements in science and engineering and also try to predict how science may influence the way we shape our planet.

In the library there is an exhibition of research done by staff and students to inspire you.
Plus a great range of free lectures by ITT staff are being held in the public library over the coming days.

Films & Books - check them out!

Getting fed up with all those CA's? Then take a break and relax. And what better way than to watch a movie or read a good book. Come on in to the library and have a browse around our growing Fiction and DVD collections. To make it easier, each month we will recommennd a selection of books and films we think you might like. For our November selection click on to the following link:

Have a Spooooky Halloween!

No plans for Halloween?
Then check out the Dublin Halloween Festival and Parade.
The Parade starts from Civic Offices at 7pm, ending in Smithfield for a wonderfully scary pageant of light, sound and spectacular costumes.
The event will run from 7.00pm – 8.30pm approx.

For more information on Halloween events around Dublin go to:

Learning how to research

During the month of October there are information literacy sessions going on in the library- showing students how to research their assignments and how to avoid plagiarism.
Please give feedback on how you found the session by clicking on the link below.
All feedback is greatly appreciated.

October Bank Holdiay

The Library will be closed on
Saturday 25th October and Monday 27th October 2008.
Normal Library hours will resume on Tuesday 28th October 2008.

Change in Library Borrowing Entitlements

From Friday 17th October 2008 as part of a pilot scheme borrowing entitlements have been increased for all Undergraduates / Postgraduates and Staff. For further information please enquire at Library Desk. This pilot scheme will run until Monday January 19th 2008.

Trick or Treat!! Its Halloween

Celebrate Halloween in style in Tallaght! On Sunday 26th October and Monday 27th October there will be free face painting and entertainment, spooky treasure hunts and parades and even a Hallowfest Fireworks display hosted in our own Institute grounds.
See the attached link for more information about the festival.

Library Survey Closing Today

Thanks for everyone who responsed to the library survey.

It is closing today so you have to be quick to get in your feedback.

Fill in survey here:

Library Survey

Would you like to see your library service improved?

Would you like more group study rooms or more PCs?
Then just take a couple of minutes to fill out our online survey - even if you don't use the library
Tell us what you think! - Tell us what you want!

EThOS online theses

Have you got an interest in post graduate research theses material?
The library has access to a new database-EThOS - Electronic Theses online system.
Students and researchers can search the full text, in secure format, of electronically stored theses

HETAC evaluation panel visit on Wednesday 24th September

An evaluation panel will visit ITT Dublin on Wednesday 24th September to examine our application to extend the Institute’s awarding powers under delegated authority to cover research degrees at Masters and PhD levels.

The library offers enhanced loan and study facilities to postgraduate students and researchers.

Library services include online databases, journals, subject librarians, subject specific online resources, inter-library loans and information literacy sessions

As part of the postgraduate induction process, the library will be scheduling detailed information skills sessions for postgraduate students over the coming weeks.

Welcome Back!

The library staff would like to welcome all new and returning students.

There are new printing and photocopying facilities available in the library.

For any issues regarding printing or photocopying, please contact the Reprographics centre at ext. 2394 or by email at

Self Service Machine - Staff cards

Staff can now use their staff cards to use to the self-service machine located at the issue desk in the library.
The self service can be used to both issue and return library books.
Just insert your card into the slot in the machine and follow the on screen demonstration.

Welcome to the new library blog

The aim of our blog is to keep you posted about the latest developments in the library and to improve communication with our users.

Every week new topics will be posted about library events, resources and services.

We need your feedback to help us improve our services.
Just click on 'comments' below to tell us what you think.

Library Tours 9th September- 13th October

A library can be a daunting place for students and staff. To help you we can arrange a library tour. It will give you an overview of library resources, services and facilities.

Library tours can be arranged at the beginning of each semester (From 09 Sept to 13 Oct ).
Tours normally take approximately 10-15 minutes and numbers are limited to 12 per group, one weeks notice will normally be required in advanced.

To arrange for a tour, please contact or extension 2141

New Library Opening Hours

From Monday 15th September the Library opening hours during this semester will be as follows :
Monday - Thursday 08:00 - 21:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
The Library would like to welcome all our new students and welcome back all our "old" students. We hope to see you in the Library over the coming months.

New Books! New Books!

Check out the most recent additions to our Library Collection.
The books are on display on the stand at the Library entrance.
To see the latest books in your field please click on the link below.

Check out the Library on Moodle

Everyone is using moodle- a great e-learning system. Lecturers can post course information while students can log on and access assignment and lecture notes.

So the library has decided to get in on the act too- with online tutorials on e-Resources, web links to subject guides and ‘ask a librarian’ features.

Take a look at and tell us what you think

New Library Website - coming soon!

A Brand New Library Website is on the way for ITT Dublin
This website will have a colourful new look, with additional functionality and more user friendly features.
For example: if you have forgotten your library pin number you will be able to change it yourself without having to contact the library first!
Expect to see the new look website around mid to late October 2008.

Library Collections

The library has expanded its collection during the summer.
The thesis collection has been enlarged and our selection of dvds and fiction have grown.

So have a look around the library and maybe check out a dvd.
If you have any questions, leave us a comment below.

Energy and Environment Science

Calling all science students and environmentalists- the library is trying out a new journal and we want your feedback.

Energy and Environment Science is a new journal linking all aspects of the chemical sciences relating to energy conversion and storage, alternative fuel technologies and environmental science.

So have a look and tell us if it is any good and should we keep it.

Saturday Openings in Aug

The library will be open on Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 Aug 2008 from 10am until 5pm to facilitate study for the repeat exams. Good Luck to all of our students.

Library staff at Cork Conference

Ever wondered what your library staff get up to?
Well some of them attended the IIUG Conference 2008 in University College Cork in July, and as you can see from the photo on the right managed to have an enjoyable time. However, there was serious business to be done too as the staff attended a number of lectures, workshops and trade stands on the UCC campus.
IIUG stands for Irish Innovative Users' Group. Members of the group come from all over Ireland and are users of the library software system Millennium designed by US company Innovative Interfaces. In photo from left to right representing ITT Dublin are: Melody Chinenyanga, Loretta Cowan, Niamh Walker-Headon and IIUG committee member Frank Hodgins.

Comic book adaptions

It seems like Hollywood can't get enough of comic book adaptions. In the cinema, Batman- Return of the Dark Knight is breaking records and Hellboy 2 comes out this week.
Many of the movies that have come out in the last few years have been comic book adaptions- from cult comic "Sin City" to gangster comic "Road to Perdition".

When did comics and graphic novels become mainstream?
If you are interested in the answer to this question you might want to check out an online journal the library has:
Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

For a short history of graphic novels check out

The Power of Change

The Government is currently running a major communications and public awareness campaign on climate change - the Change campaign.

Would you like to calculate your personal carbon count?

To find out how you can do this logon to the link below.

Heritage Week 24/08-31/08

Heritage Week runs from 24th August - 31st August 2008.
It’s a week long celebration of who we are and where we’ve come from.

There is something taking place in every county and most activities are free of charge or offer great value for money.
From fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife tours and lectures to music recitals, historical re-enactments, and outdoor activities, there seems to be something for everyone.

So check out
to see what's on near you.


For those of you who have not heard of LibraryThing, this is an excellent resource where you can build a library of your favourite books.
However LibraryThing is much more than just a personal bookself- you can add tags to your books, you can find recommendations for new books to read based on what you like, you can chat to others who share your tastes and you can join in discussions about your favourite books...or the ones you hate!

Also keep an eye out for LibraryThing tags when searching our catalogue! Some texts, expecially our fiction collection have LibraryThing tags included in their library record, click on any of the tags and LibraryThing will return a list of books available in the library that you might also like to read.

Knockanstockan festival 25-27 July 2008

Summer is here finally and we are all in the mood for a party.

So why not check out the The Ballyknockan Music Festival where you can listen to new and up and coming Irish bands and support a good cause at the same time.

It raises funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, with all monies raised go directly to the charity and all bands have donated their services for the cause.

The festival is hosted by the Ballyknockan Inn, a legendary music venue in West Wicklow featuring live bands every weekend of the year. This year's festival will take place on the weekend of 25th, 26th and 27th July and it is hoped it will be the biggest yet. There are two stages this year and the organisers are hoping to offer camping close by for the first time. Things get under way on Friday 25th at 7.00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th at 2.00 pm. For more see

Business and the Environment is an online news and information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success. It offers more than 8,000 resources, including daily news and feature stories, reports, checklists, case studies, and links to organizations, technical assistance programs, government agencies, and recognition programs. Its free e-newsletter, GreenBuzz, reaches more than 20,000 professionals every week.

Urban Beach 4 - 20 July 2008

Life is a Beach!
George's Dock has been transformed into Dublin's first Urban Beach. This tropical oasis is home to sizzling summer activities for the whole family. Complete with beach cabins, showers, lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, and a refreshment beach hut, the beach has daily activities to suit everyone's fancy. Click on the title above to find out about the various activities which will be taking place.

Summer courses and festivals

The summer has come and since the sun is yet to make an appearance- maybe it's time to think of something else. Like a summer course or an exciting festival.
The Gallery of Photography is hosting The Gallery of Photography offers a range of photography courses, run by experienced photography tutors. The courses take place in the Gallery of Photography, conveniently located in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.

Dublin's Circus Festival is starting on Thursday 10th July. Since the library is closed on Thursday and Friday 10th &11th July you might as well check out the programme of events and liven up your summer. All events are FREE but some are ticketed or require advance booking. Tickets can be collected from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The best free software

Are you a bit scared of free software?
Free software can come with spyware, advertising or limiting restrictions that can cause you to scream with frustration.

So to help you get the software you need and to ease your stress levels- I have selected two websites I find helpful.

PC Magazine published an article where they asked staff to recommend their favourite free software. The article was written in 2007 but the information is still relevant and very useful, especially for non technies.

I also like Gizmo Tech Support Advice website, which has easy to use categories and descriptions of free software.

So why spend money on software when you can get it for free and it has been reviewed by experts?

Library closure

The library will be closed on the 10th and 11th of July to faciliate staff training. We apologise for any inconvenience. All online services, including access to e-journals and exam papers will remain in place.

Please note that you can renew items on loan using My Account. Just log on and follow the instructions.

Mozilla Firefox 3 - Web site of the week

Fire fox have released version 3 of their browser. It can now be downloaded from the forefax home page. Please check that Firefox is supported / allowed on you pc / network before you download it.

Find out more at the Firefox features page.

National Photograpic Archive - Web site of the Week

The National Photographic Archive in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, now has part of it's collection online. These photographs can be searched through the photographic catalogue at the National Library of Ireland. You can search by title, subject, or photographer. For example the results of a search for John J. Clarke as the photographer bring up 165 results, and most of the photographs can be viewed online.

Fame Database Added

The Library now provides access to the FAME database.

FAME provides information on 3.6 million companies in the UK and Rep. of Ireland including company accounts, ratios, activities, ownership and management for the largest 2.6 million UK and Irish companies, summary information for a further 1 million smaller businesses.
Please let us know what you think of Fame, or if you have any difficulties by posting a comment below

Summer opening hours

The library will be open 9 to 5

Monday to Friday for the summer.

The loan period for the summer for students has been extended to one month to make up for the shorter opening hours.

New Entrance to Library

The new entrance to the Institute is under construction for the summer. So you need to enter through the canteen door.

Apologies for the disturbance.

New iPhone not perfect, but there's a lot to like

(CNET) Almost one year after the original Apple iPhone went on sale, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced a 3G version of the device, finally putting to rest months of rumors and speculation.
While some of the rumors panned out the new handset will offer full GPS. Other rumors, like the addition of a 32GB model, fizzled.
But even with the long list of basic features that Apple still is denying us (hello, multimedia messaging?), the addition of 3G support is a big win.
Read more on CNN

Ulysses for dummies

Here it is what we have all been waiting for:
Ulysses for Dummies...
EACH CHAPTER HAS IT'S OWN PAGE, and a cartoon illustration of what is happening... It's a light hearted tool for new Joyce fans.


Are you interested in what makes you tick? The world behind your eyes: your subconscious, why you act in certain ways?
Well, it's your lucky day.
The library has a free trial to articles from the American Psychological Association until the middle of August.
So check it out and tell us what you think of it.

What do you want on your library blog?

Welcome to our work in progress:
a library blog so you can easily give us feedback and get all the information you need.

As this is all about what you need- tell us your ideas below.

Librarian- a strange creature

Librarians have featured in lots of comics, films, and books. However they are normally seen as control freaks, psychos or very boring people.

What is your opinion of librarians?