Dublin City Libraries open for 'Browse and Borrow'
4 May 2021
From Monday, May 10, sixteen Dublin City libraries are open for browsing and borrowing from Monday to Saturday. At this point of a phased re-opening there will be no seating for reading or studying, and users are encouraged to keep their visit as short as possible, and to use the self-service kiosks or library app to issue and return items.
Work Matters at the Library is a national Libraries programme that is designed to help those looking for a job or a career change or starting their own business. The first area we are going to look at is supporting those who are looking for jobs or changing career, starting with a look at CV’s and cover letters.
Are you thinking of setting up a new business or extending an existing one? Perhaps, you are looking into breaking into a new or analogous Irish market or simply want to see the current and forthcoming trends that may impact you and your organisation.
Throughout the Covid 19 situation, the Business Information Service, provided by the Central Library, has carried on. Like the businesses and educational institutions that we support, we have had to adapt our service.
Euromonitor International is the publisher of the Passport database - a powerful resource for international market, consumer and economic research. During COVID 19 restrictions staff at the Business Information Centre use this resource to answer patron enquires as diverse as the coffee market in Ireland to the market for gum in Morocco.
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.
The Business Library, in the Central Library has subscriptions to 150+ magazines covering all kinds of niche interests and industries, many of them the kind of titles beloved of “Have I Got News For You”. But by far and away the most popular titles are the current affairs and business titles. Now with the library closed for the time being, I’d like to encourage people to take a look at Pressreader and RBdigital.I know looking at a screen is not the same thing, but lots of things aren’t the same thing anymore. And while you won’t get the tactile pleasure of flicking through a glossy new magazine, you will be able to make yourself a coffee and, without stirring from the house, peruse all the leading titles over breakfast. And that’s just what I did today. Here’s a flavour of what I found.Pressreader: Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Newsweek. Bloomberg Businessweek looks at Covid 19 and airbnb and the future of travel. Forbes told me about the history of Zoom, a name I didn’t know a month ago! Newsweek has a feature on who are the likely candidates for Joe Biden’s running mate. To access Pressreader, sign in with your Dublin City library card number and choose Dublin City Libraries from the provided list. Pressreader has extended its activation period for users from 30 to 60 days for all customers. Watch our how to video here.RBdigital: Time, The Economist and NewsweekTime focussed on hope and asked the great and the good for their thoughts. Margaret Atwood, as always, was worth reading. The Economist had a worrying analysis of the behaviour of autocrats during this epidemic and a more enjoyable analysis of the relationship between disease and architecture; for instance consider the “sanatorium aesthetic” of clean white Le Corbusier buildings. Like most people, I am religiously tuning in to the Irish news bulletins for my Covid 19 information but magazines can give you an international view, a longer term view, and a reminder that there are other things happening in the world too.Download the RBdigital app: Google Play - Android | iTunes - iOS | Kindle Fire. Watch our how to video here.Submitted by Sandra in the Business Information Centre.
Please Note: Printouts from our subscription databases cost 20 cent per page for A4 black and white.A database is an electronic collection of information containing full text documents, citations or abstracts of articles. May also contain newswires, blogs and press releases.Periodicals and Newspaper Research DatabasesEuropean Business ASAP Online (INFOTRAC): Abstracts and full text international business management and economic journals. Coverage 1992 - present; printouts available.*Irish Times Archive Online: Newspaper Articles (1859 - present). Keyword searching available. Births and Deaths searches - November 2004 to present; printouts available.*Irish Newspaper Archive: Available online for Internet users at all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries.*Dictionary of Irish Biography: Available online for Internet users at all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries.Emerald Online: Publishes the world's widest range of management and library information journals. Printouts available from 58,000 articles.Company Research DatabasesVision - NET Online: Provides access to documents filed in the Irish Companies Registration Office. Information available includes Irish Company & Business addresses, activities, directors, profit & loss, assets etc., updated daily; printouts available.*Business.ie: Information on over 140,000 Irish companies. Search all businesses in Ireland by location, sector, employee size, type or product.*MarketLine Advantage: Company, industry, financial, city and country business data, case studies, data and statistics for every major marketplace in the world.Consumer Research DatabasesMINTEL (Ireland) online: MINTEL is the Irish Lending Consumer Market Analyst. It contains a vast amount of corporate and individual expertise in monitoring all aspects of consumers' economy. Mintel publishes an extensive range of reports covering the following sectors: automotive, beauty, personal goods and toiletries, clothing footwear and accessories, consumer lifestyles, marketing, promotion, drink and tobacco, electrical goods, household/house and home, health and wellbeing, holidays and travel, industrial, leisure time, media, books and stationery, miscellaneous, personal finances, retail and technology/telecoms. Printouts available*Euromonitor International - Passport Markets: brings together Euromonitor International’s intelligence on 115 million industries, countries and consumers in just one information system. The database covers Europe, Australasia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, North America and the world. Printouts available.MarketLine Advantage: Company, industry, financial, city and country business data, case studies, data and statistics for every major marketplace in the world.Consumer Choice Online. The online version of the hugely popular consumer magazine.** Available on computers in the Business Information Centre via our Business Information Gateway.For more informationBusiness Information Centre.Business Information Gateway.Electronic Journals available via the various business databases (selection).Dublin City Public Libraries' eResourcesTel. 01 8734333. Email [email protected]