Thursday, March 25, 2010

Short Loans Items Available for Easter Break

To accommodate students and staff not on campus over the Easter break, from 5.15pm today (Thursday, March 25) all items from our 24-hour loan collection (including DVDs) will be issued until Monday, April 12th.

We wish all our users a very happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter Opening Hours

The Library's Easter vacation hours are as follows:

Mon, March 29th: 10am-5pm
Tues, March 30th: 10am-5pm
Wed, March 31st: 10am-1pm
Thu, April 1st -
Tuesday April 6th: Closed

Wed, April 7th: 10am-5pm
Thu, April 8th: 10am-5pm
Fri, April 9th: 10am-5pm
Sat, April 10th: Closed
Sun, April 11th: Closed

We return to full term-time hours (9am-10pm) on Monday, April 12th. You can see our full March/April opening hours on our website.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

SPD Theses Abstracts Online

We've updated the theses section of our website so that it now includes links to abstracts (where provided) for our complete theses holdings.

To view an abstract, simply click on the title of the theses you want and the file will open in pdf format. If you don't have a pdf reader you can download Adobe's reader for free from their website.

The file quality may vary depending on whether the abstract was submitted or available to us in electronic format; many were individually scanned from the hard copies in the Library.

A big thanks to Genevieve Larkin and Orlaith Casey in the Library for all their work on this and also to Maria Thornbury in Administration for her assistance.

In addition to this we have made a submission of theses to Index To Theses for inclusion in the next update of their online catalogue of theses from Universities in Britain and Ireland. We hope that this will help increase visibility and awareness of the high level of research produced in St. Patrick's College.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Magill / Village Archives on

We currently have trial access to premium content of Politico, which offers online access to archives of Magill, Village and Unsight publications going back to 1968, as well as their own news section which is updated daily.

There is also a video section where you can view footage from channels or programmes such as Tonight with Vincent Browne, CNN International and New Scientist.

The trial can also be accessed from the Trial Databases page on our website. Have a look and let us know what you think!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

What Web Animal Are YOU?

BBC's recent 4-part series The Virtual Revolution marked 20 years since the conception of the web by looking at how it has reshaped almost every aspect of our lives and how our methods of working and learning have changed as a result.

As part of their investigation BBC's LabUK and the Dept of Information Studies in University of London are conducting a huge online survey to find out how different people interact with the web. They have found that eight different web species have evolved over the last 20 years.

Have a look at BBC LabUK's site and find out what kind of web animal you are!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Free Movie - Happy Go Lucky

To mark both Library Ireland Week and the end of Teaching Practice, the Library is screening Mike Leigh's acclaimed comedy Happy-Go-Lucky (2008). The film tells the story of Poppy, a primary school teacher, as she negotiates modern life, love and a deeply psychotic driving instructor.

Screening times are:

Wed, March 10 @ 6pm (D115)

Thur, March 18 @ 6pm (D210)

And...there'll be free popcorn!!! (To guarantee your bag, let us know you're coming at

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Philosophers' Imprint

"Edited by philosophers
Published by librarians"
Philosophers' Imprint is an open access resource from University of Michigan Library that may be of interest to our students and staff in Human Development, or anyone with a passing interest in philosophy.

It is an online collection of original papers in philosophy published on the web with no subscription or licence requirement. Articles are refereed and selected for publication on the basis of their "estimated long-term significance". At present there are about sixty articles on subjects such as The Nature of Noise (Kulvicki, J.), How Actions Govern Intention (Shah, N.) and Nietzsche's Theory of the Will (
Leiter, B.).

Items are added at irregular intervals, though for the last few years they have been pretty much monthly and there is a mailing list if you want to be notified when a new article is posted.