Thursday, 19 January 2017

Big changes at the library in 2017, starting with new website and search

The Library launched a new website and catalogue on January 19th. This new site brings you the benefits you have sought while allowing you to carry out all of your usual functions:
·         A single search point for locating print and electronic research material, making it easier to find what you need
·         Faster turnaround of items you order for the library collections
·         Better mobile experience
·         Better analytics for collection development, including downloads, loans and pick-ups
·         More visibility for each of the library’s distinct collections e.g. National Dance Archive of Ireland

New Glucksman Library website
These improvements are possible because of a move to a new library management system, details of which will be evident to library users on first use of the new site.

Please direct any queries about the new website to your faculty librarian or directly via the library’s Ask Us Tell Us Service

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Being creative with beach balls, Lego and marbles in our classrooms

Creative methods of teaching are impacting on how subjects are taught in our universities. A learner’s level of engagement with a subject can be enhanced through playful and creative techniques in the classroom. UL’s Kemmy Business School librarian, Peter Reilly, explored some new creative teaching techniques at a three-day playful learning conference in Manchester.
On arrival conference delegates were required to play a marble run game, presenting a creative challenge which delegates collaborated on throughout the conference. On the final day it was quite a feat of engineering and ingenuity. A pulley sytem constructed from some pens, sticky tape and string raised the marble to a zip wire contraption from where it was launched. The marble run set the tone for the 3 days, because it served as an ice breaker initially and engaged delegates’ imagination and sparked their innovation for problem solving.
Beach balls, Lego and marbles used in workshops

Peter won a national CONUL Teaching and Learning Award for his creative approaches to teaching and he delivers classes and workshops in Research methods and Information & Digital Literacy topics to students at the Kemmy Business School at UL. Students in Peter’s classes play literacy games called “Stop The Bus” and “Picture This” which are repurposed as reflective tools emphasising the importance of adopting a holistic rather than analytical approach to research.

About Playful Learning Conference

Organisers Alex Moseley and Nicola Whitton of the Games & Learning Special Interest Group (GLSIG)  were inspired after visiting the Counterplay festival of ideas in Aarhus Denmark.  They took a risk by hosting an unconventional multidisciplinary conference, attracting academics, librarians, learning technologists, artists and students from UK, Europe and the US, interested in adult learning through play, creativity, and games.  

The diversity of keynote speakers encompassing an Artist, Librarian, Educationalist was both inspiring and energising. Artist Nikki Pugh reflected on a decade of public projects and the power of stories which come alive once individuals have space to tell their own or create new ones. Rosie Jones, Director of Library Services at the Open University focused on integrating play into the everyday, as a strategy for encouraging individuals to express their own creativity. It’s important to explain to participants the benefits of playing a game. Her session appeared quite chaotic with attendees making paper hats and lobbing beach balls around, but was great fun. She explained that beach balls were great for breaking down silos.
The final speaker Karen Lawson an Educationalist and Scottish Government advisor quoted Foucault’s “Order of Things”, and discussed the importance of having dangerous ideas which affect someone else. Individuals should take risks by going where the energy is, and hopefully others will follow them. She explained the purpose behind the Emporium of Dangerous ideas which encourages thinking differently about  education.
Other notable workshops included Lego serious play, Minecraft, Augmented Reality, integrating games as a collaborative tool in creative writing, and how play can change the energy where we work and learn.


Here is the playful learning blog.  


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Faster, better, user focused website for the library

UL Library to get new website
On January 19th you will see a brand new library website where you can carry out all of your usual functions, while enjoying the benefits that you have sought in recent feedback:

· A single search point for locating print and electronic research material, making it easier to find what you need
· Faster turnaround of items you order for the library collections
· Better mobile experience on new website. 
· Better analytics for collection development, including downloads, loans and pick-ups
· More visibility for each of the library’s distinct collections e.g. National Dance Archive of Ireland

Please direct any queries about the new website to your faculty librarian or directly via the library’s Ask Us Tell Us Service





Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas and New Year hours at UL library

From tomorrow until we close for Christmas, the library opening hours will be as follows:

Friday December 16th 08h00 – 17h00.

CLOSED Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th.

Monday Dec 19th to Thursday Dec 22nd 09h00 – 17h15
Friday Dec 23rd 09h00 – 17h00.

CLOSED from Saturday Dec 24th to Monday January 2nd inclusive.


We will reopen on Tuesday January 3rd at 09h00.

We wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you all for Semester 2.





Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Memoir of a privileged time at the University of Limerick

UL’s President Emeritus, John O’ Connor launched his Memoir at a reception on campus last week. His memoir is entitled ‘Memoir of A Privileged Time A personal history of the development of the University of Limerick 1972-2012 and pre-history 1862-1972’ The Memoir has been generously dontated by President Emeritus O’ Connor to the University of Limerick Oral History Project (ULOHP) digital archive at the Glucksman Library and may be accessed online at  https://ulir.ul.ie/handle/10344/5386

President Emeritus O'Connor with UL President Prof. Don Barry
UL President, Professor Don Barry identified the critical role played by President Emeritus O’ Connor in the foundation and development of the University of Limerick. President Barry highlighted the Memoir’s important contribution to the institutional history of UL together with the personal history of his predecessor.

As former Director of Finance and Physical Development, many of President Emeritus O'Connor's achievements are particularly visible in the physical and infrastructural expansion of the UL campus.


Welcoming President Emeritus O’ Connor and his wife SeosaimhĂ­n, Vice President Academic and Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon introduced the University of Limerick Oral History Project, founded  by his office in 2008, in preparation for the fortieth anniversary celebrations of the University in 2012.  Professor McCutcheon emphasised the significance of the contribution made by this deposit to the collection. He expressed his gratitude to President Emeritus O’ Connor on behalf of the University community, past and future, who will enjoy reading this personal history of the institution, by one of its founding leaders.

The aim of the University of Limerick Oral History Project (ULOHP) is to create and archive an oral history of the University of Limerick. The Project digital archive contains interviews with founding academics, students and administrative staff, together with public figures associated with UL. It documents the personal contribution and memories of those who were part of the foundation and development of the University of Limerick. It  can be accessed at https://ulir.ul.ie/handle/10344/5386