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Evolution of the Computer: from mainframes to current technologies

boardAn evolution has occurred with bit / byte data that has transformed the IT world over the last 60 years. The logic of inputting a code to a system, processing that code and then producing a result, or the arithmetic / logical operation was the basic groundings for the first bit-serial binary computer in the late 1940s.

The first computing generation occurred from 1942 to 1955 with the Mainframe Computer, a machine which used vacuum tube technology to make electronic digital computers. The first bit-serial binary computer was the BINAC which was launched in 1949. It could calculate data in milliseconds. Next was the ‘ENIAC - a first electronic general-purpose computer which could solve ‘a large class of numerical problems’ through reprogramming. Other computer manufacturers followed suit.

The Business Information Centre at Your Service!

Business InformationThe Business Information Centre (BIC) located in the Central Library, Dublin's Ilac Centre, is a key resource for the business community, researchers, those starting or growing a business, and those seeking career direction and employment skills.

Resources available at the Business Information Centre include books, directories, Acts of the Oireachtas, business magazines, databases, newspaper articles and Irish company reports. Find out more about the wealth of business information resources available at the BIC.

Digital Leaders Summer Reads

Digital to the CoreDigital Leaders asked leaders from across enterprise, government, charities and academia and former winners of their Digital100 Award to recommend their top summer reads.  It makes for an interesting and refreshing summer reading list, as not everyone likes to switch off with the latest light fiction or beach read. It will suit those of you who like to keep your brain engaged even while relaxing by the pool. Dip into these books and you're sure to be inspired and informed when you return to your desk.

Most of these books are available in our libraries and some can be downloaded as ebooks from BorrowBox. Check our catalogue to borrow or reserve one of the Digital Leaders summer reads:

 

The Business of Starting a Business

MoneyWe are half way through our Spring 'Start Your Own Business' programme here at the Business Information Centre, and as ever the workshops are proving a great success.  The workshops, which are taking place every Thursday from 6.30 – 8.00pm, attract entrepreneurs, innovators, start your own business enthusiasts, back to work job seekers and those who wish to go it alone in a  business world.

The 5 Whys of Mapping

MapWhy hold maps?
The Business Information Centre (BIC) stocks a large collection of maps, atlases and useful guides with insights to local districts, towns, cities, counties and countries contained within. Being more specific, Road Atlases, Street Guides, Touring Maps and a full collection of the Discovery OSI maps of Ireland are all held at the BIC. Detailed information on relational distances and times between various locations and scales of specific regions and general area features are often looked for. The scale of the Discovery Series of Ordnance Survey Maps alone (75 in total) have a coverage of 2cm to 1km dimensions.  On the other side of the scale, the large Continental Maps hold a scale of 4cm covering 30km.

InfoTrac: A very useful resource

Info TracInfotrac is just one of the exclusive online resources available in the Business Information Centre containing up-to-the-minute information on over 3,000 sourced academic journals and general magazines, and with more than 3 million full text or abstract articles available.

The Year of Design 2015

ID2015

2015 is a special year which celebrates all aspects of Design, Fashion, Architecture under the umbrella of the Year of ID2015 with conferences, exhibitions, lectures, tours and workshops taking place across the country.

To coincide with this, The Business Information Centre are delighted to host a free workshop on Monday, 27th April focusing directly on the practical business advice of Lye Ogunsanya, a Designer, Social Entrepreneur and founder & CEO of AKI-NA with a workshop entitled Think Ethics, Think Success. The centre also hopes to run a further 3 workshops throughout the year on the theme of creativity in planning and design.

County Development Plans - What are they?

map of IrelandWhat are Development Plans?  County Development Plans are written statements, including maps, that give a graphic representation of how that county will develop and improve in a sustainable way over the following 6 years.

As one Development Plan is produced the draft of the next is underway. These glossy and colourful reports contain social, economical, cultural guidelines for every county and are well worth looking at. They are pricey to purchase - up to €200 per plan but as the Business Information Centre has a full collection, 31 in total, just drop in and browse. Get on the inside track and be informed.

Adult Learners' Festival 2015 at Business Information Centre

Today has been rough but never give up! Adult Learners' Festival - 23rd - 28th February, Celebrating Adult Learning

CDETB Adult Education Guidance Service: Monday, 23rd February, 2pm - 4pm (Information Stand)

Aontas: Tuesday, 24th February, 1pm- 3pm (Information Stand)

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed: Tuesday, 24th February, 3pm- 5pm (Information Stand)

Employability: Wednesday, 25th February, 2pm - 4pm (Information Stand)

Minding Your Mind - A Jobseekers Toolkit for Managing Stress while Looking for a Job: Thursday, 26th February, 1.30pm - 2.30pm (Career Workshop)

Jobcare:Thursday, 26th February, 1.00pm - 3.00pm (Information Stand)

Free Digital Marketing Course for the Long Term Unemployed with the Irish Times Training Unit: Friday, 27th February, 2.00pm - 4.00pm (Information Stand)

Remember that the Education of a man is never completed until he dies (according to  Robert E. Lee) and even if today has been ruff, never give up!

Please contact the Business Information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin 1 at (01) 873 3996 for further details

 

World Health Organization Collection. How far have we come?

World Health OrganisationThe Business Information Centre houses a repository of World Health Organization material known as the WHO Collection - there are 592 items here to date - a figure which is slowly growing. The WHO Collection dates back to 1980 and contains a large collection of books, pamphlets and magazines which they self publish.

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