Friday 21 December 2012

Exam Papers

Exam papers are currently unavailable online. Internet Support is working on a solution and hope to have the papers back up again today, 21st December 2012.
Apologies for any inconvenience.

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Xmas Opening Hours

The library will be open from 9am to 5:15pm Monday 17th to Thursday 20th December and from 9am to 5pm Friday 21st December.

The library will be closed from Saturday 22nd December to Tuesday 1st January inclusive.

Normal opening hours will resume on Wednesday 2nd January.

Thursday 6 December 2012

Popular e-books in Cathal Brugha St Library

E-textbooks, available through the DIT library website, are becoming very popular with students. In fact, according to recent usage statistics, Cathal Brugha St students are among the biggest users of e-books in the DIT.

A wide range of books are available including, amongst many others, the Larder chef (4th edition) which is a standard text for culinary arts students, Clay's handbook of environmental health (19th edition) for environmental health students, and Tourism: principles and practice (3rd edition) for tourism students.

Chances are, there's an e-textbook suitable for your assignment. While there are restrictions on copying and printing ebooks, they can be read on any computer provided you have set up a library PIN number. To search for e-books simply go on to the library webpage, click on advanced search, limit the material type to EBOOKS, and then enter your search terms. Alternatively, do a basic search and look out for this logo EBOOKS

Monday 26 November 2012

Saturday Opening in Cathal Brugha Street Library

To facilitate students studying for exams, DIT Cathal Brugha Street Library will be open from 10am to 5pm on the following Saturdays:

1 December
8 December
15 December
5 January
12 January

Please note that hours may change at short notice due to staff shortages. Please phone if you plan visiting the library on a Saturday.

To see the Saturday schedule for all of the DIT libraries click here.

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Two papers by Hospitality and Tourism academics in top three papers on Arrow@DIT

Festivals, events and tourism by Bernadette Quinn, and Study on Online Hotel Reservation Systems co-authored by Marc McDonald, are two of the top three papers downloaded in October 2012 from Arrow@DIT, the DIT's digital collection of research publications produced by researchers at DIT. In October alone there were 75,387 full-text downloads and 112 new submissions were posted. 

The most popular papers were: 
Festivals, events and tourism (Bernadette Quinn) (1271 downloads)
Learning Theories and Higher Education (Frank Ashworth et al) (964 downloads)
Study on Online Hotel Reservation Systems (Alleweldt, F.; Tonner, K.; and McDonald, Marc (788 downloads)

The most popular publications were:

ARROW@DIT now holds 4904 records, which have been downloaded a total of 1170236 times.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Early Closing on Wednesday, November 7

Due to staff shortages, Cathal Brugha St Library will close at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7.  Your nearest libraries are Mountjoy Square and Bolton Street.

The library will be open as normal for the rest of the week.

Apologies for any incovenience caused. 

Friday 26 October 2012

Bank holiday closing, and review week opening hours

Cathal Brugha St Library will close on Friday 26th October at 5pm, and will reopen on Tuesday 30th October at 9pm.

From Tuesday 30th we will be open normal term-time hours, that is 9am to 9pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am -5.30pm on Thursday and 9am to 5pm on Friday.

Thursday 13 September 2012

Term-time opening starts again!

From Monday 17th September, Cathal Brugha St Library resumes term-time opening hours.

These are as follows: 
                                 Mon, Tues, Wed, 9am - 9pm;
                                 Thurs, 9am - 5.30pm;
                                 Fri, 9am - 5pm.

In addition, the Library will open Saturdays close to exams: December 1, 8 and 15, January 5 and 12, and May 4, 11 and 18, from 10am to 5pm in each case.

Readers needing to use Library facilities on Thursday evenings, and on Saturdays other than those mentioned above, can access other DIT Library sites such as Bolton St and Aungier St.  See this link for opening hours of other DIT sites:

Thursday 16 August 2012

*New* Group Study Room for the Library

Need somewhere to work on that group project or to study together? Cathal Brugha Street library is pleased to announce the addition of a new group study room available for all registered students. The room is at the back of the library and has a large desk and seating for up to 6 people. There are network points available if students wish to use their own laptops.
This room can be booked for a maximum of 2 hours at a time, and must be booked in advance by filling out this booking form.
For more information please ask at the library issue desk

Monday 30 July 2012

Changes to off-campus access to DIT databases

From July 2012, some DIT databases will be accessible from outside DIT buildings by the same DIT username and password used to log into DIT computers (and email) while most others will still be accessed by Student number and library PIN number (obtainable at library desk). A few databases, as well as past exam papers, will need other passwords.

Here is a list of the databases most frequently used in Cathal Brugha St, with their mode of access:

Academic Search Complete:  DIT username and password

Applied Science and Technology Index:  DIT username and password

Barbour Index: Special login

Business Source Complete: DIT username and password

Emerald Management Extra: DIT username and password

FactFinder: Student number and library PIN

Food Science and Technology Abstracts: Student number and library PIN

Hospitality and Tourism Complete:  DIT username and password

Knovel Library: Student number and library PIN Student number and library PIN

Mintel Irish reports: Student number and library PIN

Nexis UK: Student number and library PIN

OSH Update: Student number and library PIN

Product Launch Analytics: Student number and library PIN

Science Direct: Student number and library PIN

Standards (Irish and ISO): Student number and library PIN

Web of Science: DIT username and password

If you have any problem or query, call at the library desk, email or phone 01 402 4424

Thursday 26 July 2012

El Bulli at the Lighthouse

El Bulli, more than once voted the World's Best Restaurant, received over 1 million reservation requests each year before it closed down this year. This film, now showing at the Lighthouse cinema, follows its 3 star Michelin chef owner Ferran Adria, as he and 2 of his other chefs come together to create their new menu for the following season (something they did every year while the restaurant closed down for the winter months). This is a documentary not to be missed by budding chefs and those fascinated by the minds behind the most influential restaurant in the world.
More information about the movie can be found on the official website

Monday 16 July 2012

New group study area on the way!

In response to frequent requests from students for an area within the library where groups of students can work together, Cathal Brugha St Library is now setting up just such a place.

A room near the photocopying-printing area has now been freed up and is being equipped for use by groups of 6 students. Advance booking of time-slots will be required. It is anticipated that the room will be available for use in the coming semester.

We are also pleased to announce that the mezzanine individual study area has been refurbished with new carpets and better-spaced study desks.

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Summer opening hours from June 5th

From Tuesday June 5th, Cathal Brugha St Library will be operating Summer opening hours. We will be open from 9.30 to 17.15 Monday to Friday, with no late night or Saturday openings.

Our last late night of term is Thursday 31st May, and our last Saturday opening is May 26th. We will also be closed on Monday June 4th for the June holiday.

We will resume term-time opening in mid-September.

Wednesday 9 May 2012

The foodies are gathering!

This June 5th and 6th, DIT Cathal Brugha St will play host to the inaugural Dublin Gastonomy Symposium, which will have the theme "Gastronomy: past, present and future."

Mairtin Mac Con Iomaire, Chair of the Symposium organising committee has said that "The study of gastronomy is uniquely multidisciplinary encompassing the arts, humanities, and the natural and social sciences, and all are welcome to attend this symposium to dine, debate and interact with likeminded foodies."

Keynote speaker will be Darra Goldstein, editor in Chief of the journal Gastronomica.

This looks set to be both a convivial and a scholarly occasion!

Friday 27 April 2012

DIT School on Culinary Arts on TV

TV chef Donal Skehan visited The DITs School of Culinary Arts in Cathal Brugha St. recently.  Have a look at his show, Kitchen Hero, which airs on RTÉ 1 on Monday, April 30 at 8:30pm.  You might see yourself or one of your fellow students on the show as he joins classes in the DIT kitchens and restaurant.  See this link in the DIT News for details. 

Friday 20 April 2012

2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Four Irish books were honoured in the 17th annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards this year. 

Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland, by Glynn Anderson and John McLaughlin came in 2nd in the Cheese cookbook category. 
Our Daily Bread, by Roz Crowley was 2nd in the Bread cookbook category. 
Tweet Treats, by Jane Travers was 2nd in the Fund Raising, Charity and Community - Europe category. 
Boiling Point: My Adventures in the Restaurant Game, by Nick Munier came in 4th in the World Cookbook Awards for Food Literature. 

Have a look at these and other winning cookbooks (as well as books on wine and beer) from around the world at the Gourmand International website.

Thursday 19 April 2012

Hospitality and Tourism publications are popular reads on ARROW@DIT

In March this year, Hospitality and Tourism papers were in the top 3 most read papers in the DIT Library's Arrow database -
Festivals, events and tourism by Bernadette Quinn was in the 3rd most popular paper downloaded. 
Articles written by the School of Food Science and Environmental Health were 3rd in the Most Popluar Publications category. 
Have a look at these and other papers in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism Collections and see what your colleagues have been writing. 

Wednesday 11 April 2012


Saturday opening will resume at Cathal Brugha Street Library from April 14th to May 26th inclusive. We will be open from 10am - 5pm each Saturday.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Easter opening and closing at Cathal Brugha St library

Cathal Brugha Street Library will be open as normal (9am - 9pm) up to and including Wednesday April 4th.

On Thursday 5th we will close around 12.45pm as the building must close by 1pm.

The library will remain closed up to and including Tuesday 10th. We will reopen with usual hours (9am - 9pm) as from Wednesday 11th.

We wish all staff and students a happy Easter.

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Early Closing Wednesday, March 21.

Due to staff shortage because of illness, Cathal Brugha Library will close at 5:30 pm tonight, Wednesday, March 21.  Apologies for any incovenience caused. 

Monday 12 March 2012

St. Patrick's Day Long Weekend

Cathal Brugha St. Library will be closed this weekend - Saturday, March 17 through Monday, March19 - due to the St. Patrick's Day holiday.  I'm sure the Hospitality and Tourism students will be taking notes of all the events taking place during the St. Patrick's Day Festival though.  Our Food and Beverage Management students can also combine studies with leisure at the Irish Craft Beer Festival being held over the weekend.   Have a great weekend and we'll see you bright and early when we reopen at 9am on Tuesday, March 20. 

Friday 9 March 2012

How's this for eco-cooking?

Could the "Wonderbag" being increasingly used in South Africa be the key to environmentally better cooking?

Check out this story from the Guardian:

Monday 5 March 2012

Thursday Opening hours extended in Cathal Brugha St.

Starting the week of March 5, 2012 Cathal Brugha St. Library will once again be open on Thursday evenings until 9:00pm. 
So our term hours are now:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
*Saturdays (*Starting April 14 - Closed Saturdays through April 7): 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. 
(Check this link for our hours).

Wednesday 22 February 2012

A Taste of Russia

As part of Dublin City's Festival of Russian Culture a Russian Cooking Class is to be held on the evening of February 23, 2012.  The course, called "A Taste of Russia" is a hands-on way to learn about Russian culture as well as enjoy some new foods. 

Friday 17 February 2012

Leisure and Tourism E-Books

The Leisure and Tourism database on the DIT Library web pages has added new books to their E-book collection: Controversies in tourism, by Moufakkir, O., et. al.;  and The business and management of ocean cruises, by Vogel, M. et. al.  are just 2 of the most recently added books available.
Have a look at these and the other e-books available on their database.  The link to the database is available on the DIT Library Database page as well as via the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Resources Subject Gateway. 
(Note, you will need your ID# and PIN to access these e-resources off-campus). 

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Wikipedia Alternatives available at DIT Library Virtual Reference Desk.

Wikipedia shut down 2 weeks ago to protest against anti-piracy laws.  Quite a few students were upset by this apparently.  But you need not be!  DIT Library has alternative encyclopedias online that are free to our students too.  So long as you are a registered DIT student you can access The Encyclopaedia Britannica, Oxford Reference Online, Wiley Encyclopaedia of Food Science and Technology, Oxford English Dictionary and many other reference books via the library's Virtual Reference Desk.  You can access these directly on college computers via the library homepage.  At home you just need to type in your ID number and PIN as you do with other electronic resources such as E-Books.   

Monday 30 January 2012

Is that a gun in your pocket or are you pleased to see me!

Once upon a time a gentleman could be refused entry to a restaurant for not wearing a jacket and tie or worse still forced to wear a hideous tie produced by the restaurant manager. In Ohio however things have become much more interesting with the introduction of a senate bill which makes it legal to carry firearms into bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Unfortunately the killjoys have taken the fun out of it by making it illegal for gun carriers to drink alcohol or be drunk whilst carrying guns. This bill has caused uproar with many restaurants refusing to serve patrons carrying guns and some patrons retaliating by withdrawing their custom from restaurants which they regularly dined in. No doubt the matter will be resolved without resorting to arms.

Tuesday 17 January 2012

New term-time hours

Due to staffing changes, Cathal Brugha St library has had to revise term-time opening hours.

As and from Monday 30th January 2012, the library's opening hours will be as follows:

Mon-Wed: 9am - 9pm.

Thurs: 9am - 5.30pm (i.e. no Thursday evening opening).

Fri: 9am - 5pm.

The library will not be open on Saturdays in February or March. Saturday opening will resume from 14 April to 26 May.

Thursday 5 January 2012

Find Previous Exam Papers

The most frequently asked question in the library this week has been "how do I access past exam papers".  Please see the following outline to find the previous exam papers that the library has.

**Note** - If you are outside the DIT network you will need the Student Intranet Username and Password to access exam papers.  Click on this link to access the Student Intranet username and password, as well as any other usernames and passwords needed to access all the library's electronic resources. Please note you will need your student number and your library PIN to open this file.  (see the Password Page for any other password queries)
  • To access the current and past exam papers go to the library catalogue and click on the Exam Papers link.
  • You will be brought to a page with a search window and options to enter your course code/module code/course title etc. (Only use this search for older papers, see next step for new ones)
  • Click on the link at the top of the page Quick Link to Recent Exam Papers  to access papers later than 2006.  (For earlier papers, search using your course code/module code/course title.)
  • The next page lists the papers according to the different Colleges within DIT
  • Select College of Arts and Tourism, Cathal Brugha Street from this list
  • You will then be brought to a list of the exam papers by year.
  • Simply select the year you want to look at and then click on your module code to open up the exam paper for the that module. Alternatively click on this link to go straight to this page.
  • If you are within the DIT network you should go straight to the PDF of the exam paper. If not, enter the username and password as mentioned above.