Happy Library Ireland Week!

It’s that time of year again, this week (March 7th to 13th) libraries around the country will be showcasing their services and collections with special spotlight features, events and promotions. This year’s theme of ‘Smart people use smart libraries’ aims to illustrate the ways in which libraries use technology to enhance, extend and promote their services. Staff and students of the Irish Hospice Foundation can book in for 10 minute library fix sessions. These short personal tutorials cover anything from effectively using the library catalogue and database searching to setting up personal searches and alerts using RSS feeds or finding out about social media tools or iphone apps useful for work or research – contact Laura in the library to book a session.

Here on the blog there will be features to highlight smart libraries and resource recommendations throughout the week.

To get you in the mood have a look at this great promotional video produced to celebrate Library Ireland Week 2011.

Free access to Sage journals online

You know what they say about a gift horse…

From now until October 15th, the good folks at Sage journals online are making their content accessible for free. This effectively means you can  access more than 290,000 articles from 560+ journals on SAGE Journals Online.

Sage journal collections cover social sciences, humanities and medicine and titles of particular interest include;

  • Palliative Medicine (though title is permanently available to IHF staff & students through the library)
  • Dementia
  • Qualitative health research
  • Business communication quarterly
  • Business Information review
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Journal of applied behavioral science

A full list of all titles is available HERE

To activate this free access simply go to  Sage Journals online site and register with a username and password.

Illness, crisis & loss – now available through the Therese Brady Library

The Therese Brady Library now subscribes to the journal Illness, crisis & loss in electronic format. Coverage ranges    back to Volume 7  Number 9, 1999 .

Illness, crisis & loss is published by Baywood, the publishers of Omega; the journal of death and dying and the title is a  resource for exploration of the psychosocial and ethical issues related to terminal and life limiting illness, human crises and trauma as well as bereavement, loss and palliative care. The scope of topic coverage makes it a useful source for  professionals and researchers in the areas of bereavement, counselling, therapy, social work, medical care or support services for those in crisis.

Username and passwords for access are available from the library for Irish Hospice Foundation staff and students.