Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summon™ - the single search box that powers the library to help find the resources you need for your research

This summer GMIT libraries will launch a revolutionary new service that allows students and staff to search the library the same way they search the open Web. The Summon™ service, found on the library catalogue, lets users search all the library’s formats – books, articles, newspapers, databases and more – from a single search box. GMIT libraries is currently the only Irish Institute of Technology who are pioneering this simple, instant search of library collections.

The Summon™ web-scale discovery service allows the researcher to quickly search, discover and access reliable and credible library content. It goes beyond federated search, beyond next-generation catalogs to create an all-new service for libraries. Through one simple search, the Summon™ service provides instant access to the breadth of authoritative content that's the hallmark of great libraries - digital and print, audio and video, single articles to entire e-journals, and every format in between. No need to broadcast searches to other databases - it provides one search box for a researcher to enter any terms they want and quickly get credible results in one relevancy ranked-list.

Coming soon to GMIT Libraries ...

Watch this space for more information.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Farewell Anne, Pat & Bill

Anne Kelly (Senior Library Assistant), Pat Houlihan (Attendant) and Bill Derenzy (Cluain Mhuire Attendant) depart the library this summer after many years of dedicated service.

We wish Anne Pat & Bill the best on their well deserved retirement, and we wish them happiness in the years ahead.

You earned it.
Now enjoy it!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Say Goodbye to the Old Books

Our library collection has not been weeded for a long time and was definitely in need of a good clean up.

The problem with weeding is the potential of removing valuable books from the library. Library staff are getting great pleasure in getting rid of books that are of no use or value to our staff and students.

Reasons for weeding include:

1. No circulation within the last X years
2. Information is out of date or superseded
3. Low circulation / low interest
4. Poor condition (replacement copies may be ordered)

How the time period is determined, or if the book can be repaired, or any of these other things are determined by the library policies and by the professional judgment of the librarians responsible for managing the collection.

Don't worry the books that are removed from the library shelves are not being thrown away just yet. They will be held in storage for a year and then they will be displayed for those interested. The book titles will still appear on the library catalogue with the status 'withdrawn'. To view a withdrawn title please ask a staff member.

I hope you enjoy our tidy, dust free shelves!!!