Until the temporary Covid 19 closure, the Business Library in the Central Library offered library visitors access to many valuable e-resources. Following discussions with our suppliers, library staff are now in a position to remotely access several of these databases. In the past library users undertook their own research in the library. In this new situation, detailed below, library users email questions to the business library staff who will then search the databases listed for useful answers. We are pleased to be able to restore an important part of the service we offered in the Business Library, and we will do our best to answer your queries.Mintel: covers Irish consumer reports.Mintel is one of our most popular databases. We have a subscription to their Irish consumer reports. It’s a resource that entrepreneurs and students regularly travelled to the business library to use. We find these reports are particularly useful for anyone writing a business plan. Mintel reports provide a combination of consumer data and expert analysis. For each report, they typically commission a survey from a sample of 1,350 ROI and 650 NI people. The information gathered from surveys, trade and media sources is presented in a digestible form by an analyst with experience in the area. Mintel Reports cover many topics in the areas of Finance, Food & Drink, Leisure, Lifestyles and Retail.New reports are produced regularly and they reflect the changing tastes of the Irish public. A recent example is, for instance, Healthy Eating – Salt, Sugar, Fat. Market research needs to be up to date and we find Mintel reacts quickly to dynamic situations, the two most recent reports they have produced on Automotive Retail, and the Cheese Industry already contain predications about how Covid 19 will effect customer behaviour in these markets.Marketline: covers every major market place in the world.This database provides a vast amount of information. It’s one we find especially useful to students seeking to do PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental) analysis of a particular country and for business people interested in overseas markets. In Marketline there is access to company, industry, financial, city and country business data, case studies, data and statistics for every major marketplace in the world.Euromonitor: covers a number of countries around the world.Euromonitor’s Passport Service provides detailed data and analysis on industries and consumer reviews and trends across a number of countries around the world. It provides access to thousands of country and market research reports, company profiles and breaking news. Its forecasts are there to help develop business opportunities.How to access this service. Email your enquiry to [email protected] and a librarian will search the relevant databases and let you know what the process yields. You will be asked to read and accept the terms and conditions (by email) relating to relevant database information. After you have emailed your acceptance a copy of the relevant information will then be emailed to you.Who can access this service? This service is available to members of Dublin City Libraries. If you are not a member you can join online. The service is also available to members of the public referred by our Work Matters library partners.We would also like to encourage you to look at the other useful business resources available, and on BorrowBox, all accessible with your library card. Submitted by Sandra in the Business Library.
Evolution of the Computer: from mainframes to current technologies
An 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.IBM 7090 computer and personnel, 1961. Image source: NASA Ames Research Center (NASA-ARC)The vacuum tube was replaced with transistors (1955 to 1964) and this was categorized as the second computing generation. The transistor allowed computers ‘become smaller, faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient and more reliable than their first-generation predecessors.’ Though the transistor still generated a great deal of heat that subjected the computer to damage, it was a vast improvement over the vacuum tube. Second-generation computers still relied however, on punched cards for input and printouts for output.Minicomputers (1964 – 1975) heralded the third computing generation. In 1960, ‘Digital Equipment introduced the first minicomputer. It was the first commercial computer equipped with a keyboard and monitor. Integrated circuits were used which were smaller in size, more reliable and used less energy in comparison to previous generations. Also, they were a lot cheaper than the mainframe and mid-size computers from IBM and other competitors.Image: PDP-1 minicomputer. Image: Flickr by Hiddenloop.The minicomputer was widely used in universities, research labs and small corporations and used computer languages such as Fortran or BASIC. It grew to have considerably high processing power and capacity.The use of a microchip introduced a new fourth generation of computing in 1975: The Personal Computer. This chip was small with quick processing power and was commercially available. As microprocessors became more powerful, the mainframes were used less.Technology has advanced exponentially from a simple machine calculating basic arithmetic in the 1940s to a machine capable of accessing web browsers, digital media, databases, emailing and much more. The PC has evolved into something great with advances in graphical user interfaces (GUIs), the mouse and handheld devices. Additionally, the iPhone, the phablet, the tablet and the laptop are widely used as they are cheap to manufacture, easy to use and competitively priced.So, what lies ahead? The fifth generation of computing is being researched at present and involves an innovative artificial intelligence where the computer will understand and interpret spoken language. This once again will bring a new evolution in a cosmic computer IT industry. We await to see how it emerges.Read moreDublin City Public Libraries stocks computers and technology magazines such as .Net, Computerscope, GeoConnexion, TechPro and Which and computer and technology digital magazines.Butterfield, Andrew, Ngondi, Gerard Ekembe (April 2016) ‘Dictionary of Computing Science’Bell, C. Gordon (January 2013). ‘Rise and Fall of Minicomputers’www.webopedia.comwww.wikipedia.comwww.merriam-webster.com/dictionarywww.vikingwaters.com/htmlpages/mf/history.htmwww.thocp.net/hardware/mainframe.htmwww.which.co.ukLearn MoreImprove your technological know-how with over 65 online computer courses available for free with your library membership via Universal Class e.g. Computer Basics, Computer Programming, Business Applications, Software Programmes and Technology Skills.This article is based on a project completed by Gemma Daly, Business Information Centre, as part of the Institute of Public Administration's Diploma in Computer Studies.
The 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.But the story doesn't end there! The Centre also arranges lectures and workshops, and hosts Information & Advice stands on a regular basis. During the second half of August alone you can attend a talk on careers in the culinary arts and hospitality industry (31/8), talk to a health promotion advisor about cancer prevention (18/8), get information on postgraduate course in ICT (22/8) and information on entitlements for older people (23/8). Check out events taking place in the BIC.The Start Your Own Business Autumn series of free talks starts on the 15th September and consists of six lectures that run until the 20th October. This series is particularly suited to entrepreneurs, business enthusiasts, job seekers, inventors or anyone wishing to go it alone in a business world.View photos of the Business Information Centre on flickr! (or click on images above)
Digital 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: Writing on the Wall: Social Media - the first 2,000 years by Tom StandageThe Future of the Professions by Richard E. Susskind, Daniel SusskindFreedom's Forge by Arthur HermanThe Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfeeMaverick! by Richard SemlerAgile IT Organisation Design by Sriram NarayanBlack Box Thinking by Matthew SayedTribes by Seth GodinDigitizing Government: Understanding and Implementing new digital business models by Alan Brown, Jerry Fishenden & Mark ThompsonPeers Inc by Robin ChaseLeading by Alex Ferguson with Michael MoritzMore Human: Designing a world where people come first by Steve Hilton. More Human eBookThe Sleep Revolution by Arianna HuffingtonReinventing Organizations by Frederic LalouxThe Engaged Leader by Charlene LiThe Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You by Dr Steve Peters. The Chimp Paradox eBookDigital to the Core by Mark Raskino and Graham WallerLean In by Cherly Sandberg. Lean In eBookCorporations Don't Tweet, People Do by Euan SempleThe Industries of the Future by Alec Ross. The Industries of the Future eBookThe Business of Sharing by Alex StephanyAbout Digital LeadersDigital Leaders is an online community promoting digital know-how, thought leadership and the sharing of best practice in Digital Transformation. See more at digileaders.com and Digital Leaders Summer Reads. e more at digileaders.com: Digital Leaders Summer Reads http://digileaders.com/digital-leaders-summer-reads/
We 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 'Start Your Own Business' programme continues until the 28th April and is one well worth marking in your diary.Managing Your Online Presence – Having a Digital Plan with Ronan KennedyEssential Supports and Service for Entrepreneurs – Who’s Out there to help you with Dermot DayFinancial Support and Grants for Entrepreneurs with Dermot DayMake free time to come to a free talk. Please phone 01 8733996, the Business Information Centre, to confirm your attendance.
Why 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.Who uses maps?Our many library users who browse our map collection include teachers, students, tourists, holidays makers, guides, motor industrialists, bus drivers, cartographers, geologists, drivers, Irish, Non-Irish, library browsers and many more.Where are they?Two glossy display stands showcase this collection including 5 drawers and 3 shelves – this reference collection is available on open access and are filed under (Dewey) class numbers 910 to 919.Why use them?The Business information Centre is where to come to determine distances and best routes between 2 places. Some of our travel guides contain detailed road networks (toll roads, motorways, national and district roads) with train services, airports, parks, hospitals, capital cities, towns, times zones, mountain ranges, seas and rivers, and a lot more besides. The populations ratios are also included. Various services - art galleries, cinemas, theatres, museums, visitor centres, libraries, 3rd level educational institutions, sports facilities, post offices, garda and fire stations, hospitals, tourist offices, parking spaces are also identified.There is no end to the amount of information a map / atlas can hold!How to get help?Just ask! Be sure to visit the Business Information Centre, located in the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1.
Infotrac 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.Navigating around InfoTrac is child’s play. Just follow the menus given. Searchable features include subject, relevance, keyword, journal search and date search with standard search operators to hand. An advanced search will provide more detailed information for the discerning individual. A very useful archive is also available with certain articles dating back to 1st January 1980. Topical business magazines / papers include eg: Time, Financial Times, Flight International, Forbes alongside more specific titles such as Computational Economics, Atlantic Economic Journal, Interface and Maritime Gateway as well. It is updated very regularly to provide a comprehensive search tool for any scholar, academic, reporter, student who wishes to use INFO TRACK. As ever this resource is free to use. Just come in to the Business Information Centre and check it out.
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.
We are delighted here in the Business Centre to showcase our other resources which also promote the year of the design – included are useful market research databases - Mintel (containing Irish Consumer Market Information) and Euromonitor (containing global Market information) These databases are a great asset to any entrepreneur wishing to pursue a career in planning, design, building, architecture, fashion or any aspect of the arts. Reference books and magazines including Irish Architectural Magazines - Architecture Ireland, Plan, Building and Construction Magazines - BS News – Building Services News,Construction, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (ejournal),Irish Building, Passive House, Surveyors Journal, Engineering Magazines -Circuit World (ejournal), Engineers Journal, Rapid Prototyping Journal (ejournal) - Fashion Magazines - Futura, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management are also available on public access.
Just visit The Business Information Centre and be informed.
Remember ‘Design is thinking made visible’
What 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.