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The Reading List Service - helping students access course materials

The Reading List Service is our core facility for ensuring students can access their course materials. It integrates:   library resources & library ordering  reading lists Blackboard The service saves academics time by:  ordering books/ebooks on your behalf  checking links to journal articles providing chapter and article scanning offering reports of student engagement view a  Reading List  example   Over the past year:  2200 items on reading lists were checked (including 1100 e-links) More than 500 new books ordered More than 200  book loan periods changed Students find our Reading List Service helps them seamlessly access their course materials. In our survey: 95% agreed  they are more likely to read items from their reading list when they are easily accessible 71% agreed or strongly agreed that the Reading List System makes preparing for exams, essays and projects more straightforward The module list MG328 Human Resource Management , was vie

Sociologists in Muintir na Tíre

Muintir na Tíre pioneered and were involved in promoting many new concepts and technologies in its 80 year history. They were involved in rural electrification, group water schemes, community alert and community development. They had prominent Irish sociologists involved in the organisation in the 1940s to the 1990s. Among these were Jeremiah Newman, Bishop of Limerick, Dr Thomas Morris, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Tomas Roseingrave. Within the Muintir na Tíre collection we are lucky to have the papers relating to Muintir na Tíre of Dr Thomas Morris and of Tomas Roseingrave. We do have correspondence from Jeremiah Newman but these are contained in the correspondence of Muintir na Tíre not his own papers. Dr Thomas Morris was the National Recording Secretary of Muintir na Tíre. He was Vice President of the diocesan seminary, St Patrick’s college in Thurles and became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in 1960. In the archive we have correspondence that was received by Dr Morri

Electronic Enlightenment - new database

Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century. The content includes: •8,560 correspondents •53 nationalities from Europe, Asia & the Americas •777 occupations •70,057 letters and documents •Information on 64,741 manuscript and 106,933 early edition sources •319,778 scholarly annotations •11 languages, including English, French, German & Italian •1,476 links to and from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography •External links to over 50 other online resources Access to Electronic Enlightenment is available here . Collection Development

Muintir na Tíre's Community Development Officer - A Common Thread

As mentioned in an earlier  post  I spoke about getting to be the first to explore an archive. Another perk is getting to see common threads, trends in the work an organisation/person, the issues that come up over and over again and how the organisation/person worked. In Muintir na Tíre one of the common threads throughout its 80 years in existence is the use of Community Development Officers/Community Alert Development Officers. The role has been used to spread the word and work of Muintir na Tíre in the community. The Development Officers formed guilds, community councils and community alert group with the local community. They provided advice and guidance to these and ensured they were informed of any decisions from headquarters.   In the archive we can see the role of Organisers in the 1950s is to spread the work and word of Muintir na Tíre in communities and to from guilds. There were approximately six organisers employed by Muintir na Tíre during this time. Each week the