Thursday, 5 May 2016

Accessing E-Books on DawsonEra - Access Restored

Update Fri May 6th : access to all ebooks has been fully restored. Thanks for your patience, and apologies for the incovenience.

We are currently having some issues with one of our servers. This means that instead of accessing content on the DawsonEra e-books site directly, we are getting warning screens about accessing the site.
We are working on the issue as a high priority.

In the meantime users can still access Dawson content via the following screenshot. Please use Chrome for best results (and click 'Advanced' to see the option to proceed to the site).

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration

Microfilm / Microfiche

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

Microfiche Area - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right at Library/IT Service Desk and then left. 

If unsure please ask at the Library/IT Service Desk.

Remembering the Rising: The Pearse Brothers and QCG Visitor Book, 1899

Today, the third of May 2016, marks one hundred years to the day of the first executions of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. The executions were carried out at the Stonebreaker's Yard of Kilmainham Jail. On May 2nd 1916, the first courts martial sentenced Padraig Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh to death. Pearse, a founding leader of the Volunteers, Commander-and-Chief of the rebel forces and stationed at the G.P.O. on O'Connell Street at the height of the conflict, along with fellow signatories of the Proclamation, Thomas Clarke and Thomas McDonagh, were executed by firing squad. Between the third of May and the twelfth of May 1916, fifteen leaders of the Rising would be executed. Among the fifteen were others such as Willie Pearse, brother of Padraig. Though not considered a senior leader or instigator of the Rising, Willie Pearse was also executed by firing squad, largely because he was Padraig's brother, on the fourth of May. 

As part of A University in War and Revolution1913-191 The Galway Experience currently on at the Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway, a central item on exhibit is the University Visitor Book for Queen's College Galway (NUIG's former title). The visitor book records the signatures of both Pearse brothers, which they sign in Irish, Padraig agus William MacPiarais.

Q.C.G. Visitor book with signatures of Padriag and William Pearse

The visit by both Pearse brothers to the University campus in Galway in August 1899 is a truly unique moment in the University’s history. The presence of both signatures, when Padraig and William were nineteen and twenty years of age respectively, offers an illuminating insight into the exhibition, which tells the story of the University's impact and influence in major events of the time, such as the role of college students and academic staff in both the Rising and the War effort in Europe at the time; women in revolution; the place of the Irish language and also the post-1916 political landscape of the West of Ireland as seen at the 1918 election.

The exhibition is open to all and entry is free.

Accessing E-Books on DawsonEra

We are currently having some issues with one of our servers. This means that instead of accessing content on the DawsonEra e-books site directly, we are getting warning screens about accessing the site.
We are working on the issue as a high priority.

In the meantime users can still access Dawson content via the following screenshot. Please use Chrome for best results (and click 'Advanced' to see the option to proceed to the site).

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Bank Holiday Opening Hours

James Hardiman Library will be open 08.30 - 22:00. There will be no staffed service.

Reading Room will be open 07.00 - 02.30.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Free Public Lecture - 'John McGahern's New Voice: The Writing of 'Amongst Women'

To mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of John McGahern, The James Hardiman Library in association with the MA in Writing and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway are delighted to present a public lecture by the renowned John McGahern scholar, Denis Sampson. The lecture, 'John McGahern's New Voice: The Writing of Amongst Women' will take place on Wednesday, 27 April at 7pm in the Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway.

Denis Sampson
Sampson produced the first full-length study of McGahern’s works, Outstaring Nature’s Eye, in 1993, and his enduring critical attention to the writer culminated in his bookYoung John McGahern: Becoming a Novelist, published by Oxford University Press in 2012. Sampson has lectured and published widely on modern Irish writing, and he has also published a memoir, A Migrant Heart (2014). His new book from Oxford, The Found Voice: Writers' Beginnings, will be out next month.

The 30th of March this year was the 10th anniversary of the death of the celebrated Irish writer, John McGahern. McGahern’s work, from the 1960s up to his passing in 2006, has enthralled readers with his artistry and has engaged a succession of generations with his range of themes emanating from modern Irish history, culture and society. His reputation is as strong abroad as at home, and he is widely regarded as a master of the novel and short-story forms.

The rich John McGahern Archive at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway preserves the documentary evidence of 'the writer at work'. In his lecture, Denis Sampson mines the Archive to trace the drafting and evolution of McGahern's 1990 novel, Amongst Women, and he reveals the ‘reinvention’ of McGahern as a writer through his writing of this major novel. In McGahern's papers, the characteristic personal traces of the writer can be found in voluminous manuscript copybooks and loose pages. The ideas that inform each work become clearer through these papers, and his artistic process is made clear in the exhaustive level of revision and redrafting he brought to his emergent novels and stories.

Looking forward to Sampson’s lecture, Dr John Kenny, John McGahern Lecturer in Creative Writing and Director of the MA in Writing, NUI Galway observed: ‘The nature of John McGahern’s Archive here at NUI Galway ideally suits it to different kinds of exploratory readers. Scholars of McGahern, or of contemporary Irish fiction and writing, naturally find it a highly valuable resource, but the papers also hold great promise for any student or devotee of writing intent on emulating the best models for creative practice and artistic dedication’.

John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway comments: "We treasure the John McGahern archive as an enabler of new research and are greatly looking forward to Denis Sampson's lecture as a very appropriate way of marking the tenth anniversary of John's passing."

In his lecture, Sampson will discuss unpublished drafts of Amongst Women from within the McGahern Archive and will reveal the links between the novel and some of the earlier McGahern short stories in his collections Getting Throughand High Ground.
The lecture will be accompanied by an exhibition of select material from the McGahern Archive and is free of charge and open to all.

Venue: Moore Institute Seminar Room (G010), Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway
Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Time: 7pm
Material from the John McGahern Archive at the Hardiman Library

Friday, 15 April 2016

30 Minute Rule - Reminder

In the run up to the second semester exams and in the interest of meeting the needs of all library users, we would like to remind you that the 30 Minute Rule is in operation.  If you wish to reserve your study place, you must leave a note indicating the time you left and you may not remain away for more than 30 minutes. Desks unoccupied for 30+ minutes may be cleared by Library Staff. Please co-operate – it is for every one’s benefit! 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Out Of Order: High Use Books Machine

Unfortunately our High Use Books Machine located in the foyer of the library is out of order. While we wait for it to be repaired we have removed all the books that were in it and they are now available from the Library & IT Service Desk.

So, if you see High Use Books Machine listed as the location for a book you need then call to the Library & IT Service Desk where you can borrow it for 3 hours library use only.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

'Yeats and the West' public lecture by Adrian Frazier

A Disturbing Influence: Maud Gonne in the life of W.B. Yeats
 Adrian Frazier, NUI Galway
Public Talk  - Free Entry
6pm Thursday 14 April
This talk is an incendiary look at an incendiary relationship: that of Maud Gonne and W.B. Yeats. Using never before unearthed material it takes us inside a troubled and troubling connection made from politics, personality, poetry, magic, deceit, and love.
Adrian Frazier
Maud Gonne
A native of St Louis, Missouri, Professor Adrian Frazier (NUI Galway) pursued his fascination with Irish literature and theatre to the west of Ireland, and now lives in Galway. He is the author of Behind the Scenes: Yeats, Horniman, and the Struggle for the Abbey Theatre (Berkeley: University of California 1990), an acclaimed biography of the Irish novelist and memoirist George Moore and his cultural milieu, George Moore, 1852-1933(New Haven: Yale UP 2000) and Hollywood Irish: John Ford, Abbey Actors, and the Irish Revival in Hollywoood (Dublin: Lilliput Press 2011). His most recent book is an illustrated pen portrait of artist and sculptor John Behan entitled John Behan: The Bull from Sherriff Street (Lilliput Press 2015). His new book is a joint biography of W.B.Yeats, Maud Gonne, and her lover the French political activist Lucien Millevoye, recasting completely our view of the personalities and politics of this incendiary love triangle. 

Last week the first lecture in the weekly series was delivered by exhibition curator, Dr. Adrian Paterson of the School of English, NUI Galway. The audience were brought on a journey through the world of Yeats' Innisfree and what that place meant to the young Yeats as well as how it stayed as a place of refuge and inspiration for Yeats throughout his life.

The 'Yeats and the West' exhibition joins the Model Gallery, Sligo following its initial run at the Hardiman Building of NUI Galway. The exhibition was officially launched in Sligo by Professor Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway. Speakers on the evening of the launch also included Donal Tinney, Chair of the Board of the Model Gallery, Adrian Paterson, NUIG and Senator Susan O'Keefe, Chair of the Yeats150 programme.

Prof. Jim Browne, Dr. Adrian Paterson, Susan O'Keefe, Donal Tinney, Barry Houlihan, John Cox, pictured at the launch of Yeats and the West exhibition at the Model Gallery, Sligo.

All upcoming events at the Model Gallery for Yeats and the West can be seen here:

For full details on the exhibition please visit

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Web Of Science Maintenance - Sun April 10th

WoS Maintenance – Sunday, April 10 - Web of Science, InCites, ResearcherID and EndNote Online.

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There may be intermittent outages to Web of Science™, InCites™, ResearcherID, or EndNote® Online throughout this time and it is expected that there will be two instances of downtime, each 15 minutes in length.

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