Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Launch of Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy

Its strategic aim is to "To develop a national recovery-based treatment and rehabilitation service built on
quality standards which actively promotes and encourages early intervention to
accessible services within the 4-tiered model approach based on integrated care
pathways." Full Text of the report here: http://www.dohc.ie/publications/pdf/Steering_Group_Report_NSMS.pdf

Smallest Irish mammal 'may vanish'

 Ireland’s smallest mammal, the protected pygmy shrew, has “completely vanished” in some areas due to the introduction of new species.
The serious threat and possible extinction which foreign species the black vole and the greater white toothed shrew cause to the native wood mouse and pygmy shrew, were the subject of a two year study by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0220/breaking53.html

The original research  article can be found by searching the Libraries Ejournals or the SpringerLink Collection for: Montgomery, W., Lundy, M., & Reid, N. ‘Invasional meltdown’: evidence for unexpected consequences and cumulative impacts of multispecies invasions. Biological Invasions, 1-15.


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Best Databases 2011

Digital advances begun at the outset of the 21st century have significantly eased the burden on researchers, who no longer have to travel great distances to see topic-relevant source material. Dissertations, journals, documents, and photos that have been preserved digitally are available internationally. Moreover, with the right access codes, such images and data are available for viewing at any time. Certainly, electronic developments are valuable also to librarians, who now rely much less on interlibrary loan and can serve a much wider variety of patron requests immediately.

http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2011/12/reference/best-databases-2011-librarians-decide-which-databases-make-the-grade/