Friday, November 28, 2014

Mayo Campus Library

Open until 8pm, Mon-Thurs from next Monday 1st December.

Winning poem for 'A Poem for GMIT'

The winning poem for A Poem for GMIT is 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney.

I presume many would agree with the thoughts of one of those who voted for this poem: 'The last line sums up what education, curiosity and the search for new perspectives is all about : Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. I'll dig with it'.

The top three poems were:
1. Digging by Seamus Heaney
2. For a New Beginning by John O'Donohue
3. Mid-term Break by Seamus Heaney

We really appreciate everybody taking the time to send in their choices.

Many thanks,

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EThOS - Open Access to UK theses

EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses.

EThOS aims to provide:
  • A national aggregated record of all doctoral theses awarded by UK Higher Education institutions 
  • Free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by all researchers to further their own research. 

There are approximately 350,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Around 120,000 of these also provide access to the full text thesis, either via download from the EThOS database or via links to the institution’s own repository. Of the remaining 250,000 records dating back to at least 1800, three quarters are available to be ordered for scanning through the EThOS digitisation-on-demand facility.

Records are held for all UK PhD-awarding institutions, but we do not (yet) hold all records for all institutions. Every month around 3000 new records are added and an additional 2000 full text theses become accessible. Access routes to the full text are determined by the individual institution and may depend on:

  • Mandatory electronic deposit of newly awarded theses by its students 
  • Availability of its theses in the institutional repository
  • Its level of repository development 
  • Digitisation priorities for its print theses 

To access the freely available online theses click 'Limit search to items available for immediate download from EThOS or the Institution' otherwise there maybe a charge for the scanning process (currently £44.37 + VAT £8.87 = Total £53.24). Details are provided within each record.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Extended Opening Hours - Dublin Rd.

Dublin Rd. campus library is extending its opening hours from this Friday the 28th November until Saturday 20th December.

Our upcoming weekend opening hours are:
Friday 9.00am - 9.00pm 
Saturday 10.00am-1.00pm

View all campus opening hours

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shortlist for 'A Poem for GMIT'

Many thanks to all who took the time to submit poems.

Please email with the poem from the shortlist you think should be 'A Poem for GMIT'.

1. Canal Bank Walk by Patrick Kavanagh
2. Mid-term Break by Seamus Heaney 
3. Sailing to Byzantium by W.B. Yeats
4. Advent by Patrick Kavanagh 
5. Postscript by Seamus Heaney
6. A Midge Charm by Sean Lysaght 
7. Beannacht / Blessing by John O'Donohue
8. At the Seminar by Dennis O'Driscoll 
9. Digging by Seamus Heaney
10. For a New Beginning by John O'Donohue 

 Deadline Wednesday 26th November - Looking forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Maths Learning Centre - extra sessions

Extra sessions have been added to the Maths Learning Centre. Time slots have also been reduced from 30 to 20 minutes.

Book on the library website, at the library desk or via this link:!/month/2014/11

The Maths Learning Centre offers free tutorials to students. Sessions run every Monday and Wednesday evening in Room 973 in the Dublin Road Campus Library.

Sessions fill up quickly so booking is highly recommended. If all sessions are booked, you may still call down to the Maths Learning Centre, as they may be able to facilitate a drop-in session if another student cancels or fails to show up.

Free Trial - Sustainable Organization Library

We have signed up for a trial to the Sustainable Organization Library (SOL). 

You can get on campus access from their homepage (just click on the sunflower picture or the big SOL button) or directly at until the 17th December 2014.

SOL is now the leading dedicated collection on sustainability in the world.

  • Online collection of approximately 8000 papers drawn from around 600 books and journals in sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management
  •  Case studies, research papers, book chapters, journal articles
  • Sourced from nearly 600 books, special issues and journal issues
  •  Each item individually tagged and discoverable
  •  Book and journal content accessible through search or browse
  • Ebooks, journals, articles, reports, conference proceedings
  •  Relevant to: 
Environmental Studies

Social Sciences


SOL features collections from global leaders in the field of sustainability including:

·         Greenleaf Publishing: the leading independent sustainability publisher. Greenleaf publishes in the areas of corporate responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy, business strategy and practice, and sustainable development. SOL includes the majority of Greenleaf publications.
·         GSE Research: specialist in publishing, project management and advisory services in governance, sustainability and environment, and partner to Greenleaf Publishing.
·         Oxfam International: an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.
·         European Foundation for Management Development: leading accreditation and membership body for business schools and organization learning & development initiatives worldwide
·         AMACOM, the publishing division of the American Management association
·         Practical Action Publishing: specializing in developing-world issues. SOL draws on the Development Economics collection from Practical Action.
·         Peter Lang: long-established publisher of English-, German- and French-language books in the humanities and social sciences. SOL draws on the Peter Lang environment and sustainability list.
·         Cambridge Scholars Publishing: broad-based publisher in science, the arts and humanities. SOL draws on the Cambridge Scholars environment and sustainability list.
·         Access Press: UK-based specialist publisher of books and journals, including the International Journal of Management Cases, which is included in SOL.
·         United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME): with more than 500 business school signatories worldwide.
·         The Academy of Business in Society: more than 120 of the world’s leading companies and business schools.
·         Institute of Directors India: serving more than 30,000 directors in corporations in India and worldwide.

*Greenleaf Publishing was launched 21 years ago following the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and now has representation in the USA and India, as well as publishing offices in Leeds and Sheffield, UK. GSE Research works with Greenleaf and other partners to bring the SOL Collection together. GSE and Greenleaf work in partnership with many international organizations including PRME, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education and EFMD, the European Foundation for Management Development. 
We look forward to receiving your feed-back on the collection.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cancellation of British Standards Online

We regret to inform you that the library, for financial reasons, must cancel one of our online resources. Our subscription to British Standards Online (BSOL) will expire on Saturday 29th November 2014. Please note the T&Cs of cancellation, as outlined in section 6 of our licensing contract:

6.1           Upon expiration or termination of the Subscription Agreement for any reason, the Customer will:

6.1.1        Discontinue all use of the Documents and Services;

6.1.2        Destroy any items relating to Documents (including but not limited to data, software, and documentation) and purge any Documents data from all electronic media; and

6.1.3        Provide written notice to BSI certifying that the Customer has complied with this clause.

Please note all hard and soft copy standards procured up to now from the BSOL database must be removed, deleted and destroyed. We are continuing our subscription to BSI membership entitling members to a reduced rate on purchase of hard or soft copy standards from the BSI shop: please email us at for our membership number.

For Civil and Construction related standards, please note that our separate subscription to the Info4Education database gives access to 600 British Standards for those specific disciplines.

If anybody wishes to read the full cancellation terms please email us at and we will email you a copy. Please be aware that the Library does not make any product cancellation decisions lightly, we usually make decisions based on the coverage of a resource and its usage stats over a period of 1-2 years. All of our online resources incur significant expenditure, and their costs are rising each year. We would encourage all patrons to make use of our resources, and remember we provide training on same for any groups who wish to avail of this.

Fines Amnesty

It's Library Ireland Week... clear your conscience without emptying your wallet at the Dublin Road and CCAM campus libraries. Any overdue books returned to us this week, 17th-21st November, are exempt from fines!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Important Message

As only a limited number of GMIT patrons can access this resource at any one time it is important to log out before you close down your session. If you do not log out you are preventing others from logging in.

ProQuest Research Companion - Trial

Our latest free trial is ProQuest Research Companion.

A new cloud-based information literacy solution for student researchers and educators that guides students through the research process and helps them develop their critical thinking and information literacy skills.

Studies have shown that today's researchers are unequivocally overwhelmed with too much information and data—throughout all the stages of research process. Developed by writing instructors and librarians, Research Companion combines multimedia-based learning modules and powerful quick-start evaluator tools into one resource.

The Learning Modules are organized into easily digestible sections and are structured as nine commonly asked researcher questions which provide a foundation and context for finding, evaluating, and using information. The modules cover such topics as "Where do I start?" to "How do I avoid plagiarism and find my own voice?" to “What’s the best way to revise?” They are delivered as a series of visually compelling and inventive videos, or in a full-text, readable format and are written in a conversational style that improves learning outcomes and maximizes retention.

You can access the trial on campus until the 11 December 2014 using this address:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Poem for Ireland

RTE is currently running 'A Poem for Ireland', a campaign to find the best-loved Irish poem written in the last 100 years. 
The closing date for nominating a poem is Friday 14th November.Please see for more details.

The Library would like to publicize this campaign but also find a poem for GMIT. Could you let me know your favourite Irish poem from the last 100 years. The library will do a shortlist of the 10 poems with the most entries and from that list of ten we will ask you to vote for your poem for GMIT.
Please get your entries to by this Friday, 14th November. We will have a shortlist by Monday 17th November and a winning poem by Friday 21st November, coinciding with the end of Library Ireland Week.
Need a hand choosing a poem? Check out the large selection of poetry books in the library.

Library Ireland Week 2014

...Open for Business.

Library Ireland Week will take place from 17th to 24th November 2014. 

See for more information.