Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Creative Collision from the Beginning - The Galway (International) Arts Festival Archive

At the half-way point in this year's Galway International Arts Festival, it is a good time to catch a breath after what has been such a packed week of the festival. This year being the first 'International' Galway Arts Festival (though of course it always was International!) it is a good opportunity to open up the archive of the Galway Arts Festival and look back at some of the hits and big events from over the years.

We are proud to hold the archive of the Galway Arts Festival here at the James Hardiman Library. It is a rich resource of history, great memories, major names and acts from all spectrum of the Arts and a record of just how the Arts Festival has grown and developed over the years, where today it stands as one of the great international arts festivals.

Here we open up some of the archives to see just how strong the programming was from its early years in the 1980s. Theatre names such as Druid of course stand out, along with Footsbarn Theatre Company and also a version ofWaiting for Godot by Jim Sheridan . Literary names are full of heavy-hitters like John McGahern, Seamus Heaney, Thomas Kilroy and Paul Durcan to name a few. Art exhibitions from Robert Ballagh, Brian Boske, Patricia Burke-Brogan and others filled the visual art programme. Music from Padraig O'Carra, De Dannan, Doloros Keane, again to just but a few, were among the musical acts.

We hope you enjoy just a few highlights from the Galway Arts Festival Archive. The Archive catalogue can be viewed in full here and any queries please be in touch! Email -

Noise Alert - Floor 1, JHL - Due to construction of new Group Study Room Facilities

Unfortunately there will be some noise disruption on the western side of floor 1 of the James Hardiman Library in the vicinity of the PC Suite over the next few weeks due to building works.   


This work is necessary to facilitate the construction of new Group Study Room facilities.  


In order to avoid any impact on your work you are advised to study elsewhere on floor 1 or on an alternative floor.  For those using the PC Suite area please note the availability of additional PC Suites on floor 2 and in the basement of the Nursing & Midwifery Library Extension. 


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


PsycTHERAPY now on trial
A database of streaming psychotherapy demonstration videos; users may create playlists, clips, search transcripts of videos, and more.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Recent changes to logging into and using Multi-Function Printers (MFPs)

Please note that further to a recent upgrade there have been some minor changes to logging into and using Multi-Function Printers (MFPs).   Access via swipe card remains the same; if accessing via the touchscreen the username and password screens are now split over two consecutive displays.

Once signed in you are now taken directly into print mode – there is no need to press “PRINT” button.   To move from print mode to copy or scan mode please press the relevant button on the machine or press the “JOB END” icon on top left corner the screen. If in copy/scan mode press the “PRINT” icon on the top hand corner of the screen. 
Information posters have been put up at each of the machines.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

First Year Academic Skills Support - Tell us what you think?

Do your first year students lack the academic skills needed for success at University? 

Do you know of the supports available in NUI Galway to help students develop those skills? 

There is an opinion widely held, that students entering third level education from secondary school are not well prepared for the needs of higher education and do not have the core academic skills they need.  The provision of support for academic skills development is recognised as a key factor in student engagement and retention, particularly in first year.  NUI Galway has a range of different services that provide support for these academic skills, e.g. :

·         Skills4Study Campus (online module available via Blackboard)

·         The Academic Writing Centre

·         SUMS: Mathematics drop-in support centre

·         Information skills support via the subject librarian team

·         etc.

Academic staff, please complete our survey and tell us what you think about the skills supports needed and available at NUI Galway for first year students.


Students we’ll be running a survey to get your views in a few weeks – watch this space!

Reminder - Extended Opening Hours Commencing Next Week

From Monday 21 July  - Sunday 17 August, Library opening hours will be as follows:

Monday - Thursday    08.30 - 22.00

Friday                       08.30 - 17.30

Saturday                   10.00 - 17.00

Sunday                        Closed 

Monday 4 August (Bank Holiday): 10.00 - 17.00      


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Irish Times Online – where and how to access

 Memories of another concert controversy
"If there was panic in a crowd of 3500 it was likely there would be multiple injuries"
From the Irish Times Archive, Feb 23 1980.
One of the more frequent questions we receive in the Library is regarding online access to the Irish Times.  We have electronic access but not through a direct subscription via the Irish Times website. Instead we access through our databases. 

To find the Irish Times Online:
  • open our Library Catalogue and sign in
  • search for Irish Times
  • the following results display our print. microfilm and online links to the Irish Times
  • the bottom two links within the black lines provide our main online links to the newspaper

The Irish Times (Online Access)
Current Irish Times content is available through Proquest, accessible via the Irish Times link above. The newspaper is updated on the database within a day of the print and the content - not images - are made available. The articles are listed in order by page from the newspaper and it can be browsed or searched by date.  

Irish Times Archive (1859-2012)
The Irish Times Archive  is a more sophisticated resource providing the newspaper in a superb digitised format from 1859-2012. This database is an excellent research tool providing the paper as a social and historical resource with articles, photographs, supplements, advertisements  -all the elements that compose a newspaper. 

Nexis (not in list)
The Nexis Newspaper database provides alternative access to the Irish Times covering the years from 1991- to present.  It provides content but not images or digitised formats. It does, however also cover the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner and a number of other national and provincial titles.

To access Irish newspapers on Nexis:
  • Open our Library Catalogue and sign in
  • Search for Nexis
  • Click on the title 
  • Once the database opens select Irish Publications within the Sources Menu
  • Carry out a search
  • The newspapers are displayed on left, the articles down the centre of screen

Many more electronic newspapers are available, so check out our Newspapers page for more information about the range of titles and formats available in the Library 

Creating and Exploiting Digital Collections Seminar

On the 29th July 2014, the Library will host a Digital Collections Seminar. This event will showcase Digital Scholarship from NUI Galway (The Library, Moore Institute, School of Humanities, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Whitaker Institute and Insight), UCD, and the University of Ulster.

The aim of this event is to showcase innovation while also facilitating discussion and collaboration.


Opening address and launch of the James Hardiman Library’s Digital Scholarship Enablement Strategy Consultation

Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar and Deputy President, NUI Galway
Digital scholarship in the Moore Institute
Prof. Daniel Carey, Director, Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies


Supporting digital projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences
David Kelly, Research Technologist, Moore and Whitaker Institutes

The Archive is the Repertoire: Working with the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive at NUI Galway
Dr. Charlotte McIvor, School of Humanities and Moore Institute


The evolution of UCD Digital Library
Dr. John Howard, University Librarian and Adjunct Professor, UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin
Digital projects and collaborations locally and nationally
Dónall Ó Braonáin, Príomhfheidhmeannach agus An Dr. Seathrún Ó Tuairisg, Riarthóir Aonaid na Teicneolaíochta Faisnéise, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge
Developing a library infrastructure to enable digital scholarship
Cillian Joy, Digital Library Developer, James Hardiman Library

Creative arts programmes and research at the University of Ulster
Prof. Paul Moore, Head, School of Creative Arts and Technologies, University of Ulster

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics: linked data, semantic web and other research
Prof. Stefan Decker, Director, Insight@NUI Galway

Duanaire: a treasury of digital data for Irish economic history
Dr. Aidan Kane, Lecturer, J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, and the Whittaker Institute


Where Insight @ NUI Galway meets digital humanities
Dr. Bahareh Heravi, Group Leader, Digital Humanities and Journalism, Insight@NUI Galway
Wrap-up: common themes and future possibilities
John Cox, University Librarian

Space is limited. We ask that you attend if you are involved in Digital Scholarship for teaching, learning, or research.

Lunch is provided as part of the event.

Booking is essential and closes on Thursday 24 July 2014.

* Book your place now *

Monday, 14 July 2014

Tours of Archives and Special Collections

Beginning Thursday 17 July 2014, the Library will offer tours of and introductions to the collections and facilities of the Archives and Special Collections service.
Visit and discover the treasures within the wide-ranging collections of the Archives and Special Collections, including historic local history collections, landed estates; rich literary papers such as John McGahern; world-leading theatre archives such as the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive; the Druid Theatre Archive, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe Archive and Thomas Kilroy Archive. Learn about the tensions and struggles in Peace and conflict from our Northern Ireland collections, such as the Duddy, Boyle and Ó'Bradaigh archives and many other related and unique collections. 

Also included on this tour will be a visit to the Performing Ireland 1904 - 2014 exhibition, currently on at the Hardiman Building foyer and being a digital journey through Irish theatre history. 

The tour will commence from the Hardiman Building foyer at 3pm.

For details contact

Dr. Ros Dixon Library bequest event

Dr. Ros Dixon
The personal library of the late Dr. Ros Dixon, collected over her lifetime of teaching, researching and writing about theatre, was recently donated to the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, by her family. 

Ros was a highly esteemed and loved member of staff at the Department of English and was a recipient of the President's Medal for Teaching Excellence in 2006-2007. Her books and audio-visual materials concern theatre history, performance, playwrights, directors, and actors, with a special focus on plays in the Russian language and in English, including a collection of plays by, and biographies of, Chekhov together with Soviet history and playwrights of that era in Russia. 

A vast collection of theatre programmes, in English and Russian reflect the many plays seen by Ros and a life spent engaging with theatre within Ireland and internationally. Ros' archive of research papers and notes offer a unique insight into her understanding, interpretation, teaching and writing about theatre and include detailed work on Efros, Chekov and Irish and Russian theatre in general.
the Cherry Orchard

The love and commitment that Ros had for her students at NUI Galway continues with the donation of her library to support their education in drama and theatre history and performance.

An event was recently held at the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room to mark the donation of her Collection to the Hardiman Library. The event was attended by many of Ros' friends, colleagues and family. Speakers at the event included Ros' partner, Dr. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Dept. of Archaeology, John Cox, Librarian, Hardiman Library, Prof. Adrian Frazier, Dept. of English. NUI Galway. A reading from Chekov's, the Cherry Tree, read by Max Hafler completed the proceedings.

All books within the Dixon Library can be seen on the Library catalogue here.

A selection of images from the Dr. Ros Dixon Library of Drama & Theatre History & Performance can be seen here: