Friday, 2 October 2015

Medical Library, CSI - Latest Closure Update

Resulting from major damage to the Medical Library facility, due to the recent fire incident at the Clinical Sciences Institute, the Medical Library will remain closed until late October/early November at the earliest, whilst structural and cabling repairs are on-going.

Due to the nature of the works involved all access to the Medical Library has been suspended, and it is therefore no longer possible to retrieve books on behalf of users.  Please note that we provide online access to a large range of medical titles in e-book format which can be accessed via the catalogue, and that if you have a problem in relation to acquiring information on a specific topic you can contact a member of the Medical Library staff who will work with you to identify alternative information sources.
For assistance with any queries Medical Library staff can be contacted in several ways:

• In person via the Help Desk at the entrance to the Nursing & Midwifery Library extension to the rear of the James Hardiman Library ground floor • Library ticketing system –

• E-mail: or

• Telephone: 091 495229

• Health Sciences dedicated Salus Blog

We apologise for the on-going inconvenience caused.

Need Help Finding Books and Journals? Come along to a training session

With over 500,000 books, 400,000 e-books and 70,000 e-journals in the Library finding the book or journal you want could feel like finding a needle in a haystack.

Come along to our Finding Books and Journals training and in just 30 minutes discover how easy it is when you know how!

Other essential tips you'll pick up at this training session:
  • How to put a hold on a book that's in high demand, so the next available copy is reserved for you.
  • How to renew your books online and avoid paying fines.
This training is available every day:

Monday to Friday
11.00 am
Library Training Room

No need to book, just drop in!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Archives Sports Month - From 'Association Football' to Soccer

This edition of Archives Sports Month from the archives looks at soccer on campus at NUI Galway. In the early years of the 20th century, the records show news reports, club notes and photographs from when it was known as 'association football' and by c.1910 it became more commonly called soccer in the club notes. While the records from 1914, below, detail increasing numbers of those taking up and playing soccer on campus, there is a lack of any notes or records in the college annuals for many years afterwards which would indicate a break in the soccer club activities until the mid-1920s. The images below are from the 1914-15 season, one of the last updates from that period:


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Event: Student Entrepreneurship Structures on the Way for NUI Galway: MakerSpace, Blackstone LaunchPad and more!

You are invited to the following event:

Student Entrepreneurship Structures on the Way for NUI Galway: MakerSpace, Blackstone LaunchPad, and more!
. Feel free to share this invite.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Friday, 9 October 2015 from 13:00 to 14:30 (IST)
Room G011, Hardiman Research Building
Library, NUI Galway

This event previews and introduces Student Entrepreneurship structures on the way for NUI Galway. It also highlights Student driven Entrepreneurship on campus. In addition, this event is being organised as part of Startup Gathering 2015.

Topics and speakers

What difference could a MakerSpace make? (Connell Cunningham)

Working in the NUI Galway Library Connell’s focus is on managing the services delivered through the Library & IT Service Desk. His emphasis is on ensuring that where possible users can avail of self-service but with knowledgeable staff on hand when needed. Prior to joining NUI Galway Connell worked firstly as a teacher and then in various IT service roles with multinational companies in the engineering and biotech fields. An avid maker with a shed full of bits and pieces he’s usually working on some project or other.

Countdown to Liftoff - Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway (Michael Campion)

Michael Campion lectures in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway. He teaches strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship to undergraduates and postgraduates. He is very active in the entrepreneurial ecosystem both within the University and in the Galway region. Prior to joining NUI Galway, Michael worked in the ICT industry for over twenty five years in a variety of managerial positions with indigenous companies, start-ups and multinational organisations including Digital Equipment, Lotus Development, Claris Corporation and Saville Systems.

Entrepreneurship on Campus: A Students Perspective (David Newell)

David is a 3rd year Electronic and Computer student in NUI Galway. He is founder of Student Startup, a week-long programme introducing students to startups through workshops, mentorship, speakers and events. He is Head of Administration for NUI Galway's Entrepreneurship Society and is an avid web and mobile developer.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship (Orlagh Reynolds)

Orlagh is a 3rd year PhD student in Management. The focus of Orlagh's research is sustainability-oriented entrepreneurship, and how institutional factors might constrain and enable venture idea creation and start-up. Outside of academia, Orlagh has worked with many local community groups in Limerick, Cork and Nottingham in the UK, and Orlagh is passionate about making a sustainable contribution for the community.

Demos and tour, of Makerspace and Blackstone, if space is available and time allows

Pizza, sandwiches, refreshments, and chat

For further details contact

See our Facebook page and a Web site is in progress.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

September Sports Month - Hockey from the Archives

September Sports month continues this week with a look at hockey as played on campus at UCG/NUIG. Looking back at the student annuals, available in our Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, which were published published in the early 20th century, the sports reports are a great resource for sporting history on campus. Hockey is one sport had the near unique distinction of fielding a mixed-sex team for the first time in 1912-1913. The team is pictured below and the report states:

"This year has been an important one in our Hockey Annals, for it marks the formation of a College Mixed Hockey Club, and this, we are glad to say, has turned out a decided success in every way. The team that we are able to put into the field is one that can be trusted to give a good account of itself on all occasions, and we expect it do great things in the future."

In the same notes, particular mention is made to some of the female players, "'Miss Prendergast and Miss Paul', who were selected to play for the Ladies Connacht team in a tournament held in Dublin recently." While success of both men's and women's teams were well documented in this year and noted to be among the most successful sports teams on campus, their fortunes would quickly wane as the reports for the following year of 1914 would show a club being potentially disbanded:

"When we think of the important position that the College Hockey Club once occupied amongst the hockey clubs of Connacht and the West, we must all feel regret that it holds that position no longer."

Various reasons were mentioned such as a lack of schools in the West having hockey teams that supplied willing players upon reaching College. Another was a lack of a dedicated ground of their own and also interestingly is the rather cryptic reason of "the college at present being in transition, a fact which is affecting all other games, including hockey." Things did improve over the coming years with the reports recording rising numbers and greater victories for the teams of the college hockey club.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Congratulations to ...

... the NUIG Bioblitz team who, over 24 hours on Sept. 24-25th, regained their intervarsity title over rivals UL, UCC and NUIM. NUIG racked up a whopping 628 species, holding UL to second place with 427 species. Well done to all staff, students and volunteers involved in the mammoth undertaking.
Compare findings with historic biodiversity in the writings of librarian turned ecologist Robert Lloyd Praeger

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Introduction to EndNote X7 Friday 25 September

Introduction to EndNote X7 (for Windows desktop) training session.

1930-2130, Friday 25 September 2015
Venue: Library Training Room

*Please note this session is now fully booked.*

For further training events go to:

Further info. on EndNote is available at:

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration

Demo of the ScanPro 3000 Microfiche/Microfilm-machines
Some features:
·         Simplified, step-by-step loading
·         On Screen instructions
·         Searchability
·         High-Resolution Images
·         No messing with lenses- on screen control
·         and many more easy to use new and improved features 

Come along for a professional demo by the Supplier
Please book you place so as to avoid disappointment
Additional session can be arranged if requested

Microform Room - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right when you enter the library and then left in law area of library. If unsure please go to the Library and IT Service Desk.

Performance by ConTempo String Quartet

Galway Ensemble-in-Residence will be performing in the Library Foyer at 1.00 pm on Tuesday,
29th September 2015.

The Programme for this performance will include Quartet No. 8 by Shostakovich.

All Welcome!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

3 Steps to 3D Printing in the library Makerspace

The new makerspace in the library is scheduled to open in October but in the meantime we are now ready to start our 3D printing service.

All 3D print requests will be FREE for an introductory period until the end of November 2015.

Here are a couple of examples of what we have printed so far -

A model of a Hep. B virus - 4 hours to print

Stewart Coffin Cube Puzzle

Here are the steps you will follow to get your FREE 3D printed item -

3 Steps to 3D Print Requests

Step 1 -  Create the item: Design your model in whatever software you want to use as long as it can save a file type of .stl. Autocad, Solidworks, Google Sketchup etc. all work. Save your .stl file to the cloud somewhere (Onedrive or Dropbox) and copy a shared link to that file.

Step 2 - Submit the request: Submit your request via the Servicedesk Request System choosing a request type of 08. Printing and then 3D Print Request. Paste the link to your file in the Request Detail section.

Step 3 - Collect your 3D print: We then contact you via email when it's ready to be collected from the Library & IT Service Desk in the library.

This is a limited time  FREE introductory offer and we are waiting for objects to print so go ahead and follow the 3 steps above.

Further details on the 3D Printing Service including guidelines on what we won't print is available here ->

NUIG Makerspace on facebook -