Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Cambridge History of Ireland - online access now available

The Cambridge History of Ireland is now available online via the Library catalogue:

Diarmuid Ferriter, (Lecturer in Modern Irish History, UCD) has described The Cambridge History of Ireland as:

"a collective scholarly endeavour by 100 contributors..., covering the Irish experience from the year 600 to the present and bursting with provocative, intelligent analysis and accessible narratives. The volumes continue a tradition of historians collectively stocktaking, distilling and pronouncing on the current state of their areas of expertise." 
(The Irish Times, Dec. 01, 2018)

The Library also holds print copies of all 4 volumes of The Cambridge History of Ireland, please click here for full details.

Collection Development

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Scopus Access Down

Our access to Scopus is currently down, and this has been reported. We are hoping to have access restored later today (14th), though it may be tomorrow (Friday 15th) before normal service has resumed.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Emerald Publishing Website Maintenance - February 5th

There will be upcoming maintenance on Emerald’s research platform, Emerald Insight, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 5 February 2019 beginning at 08:00 GMT - lasting for up to 12 hours.
During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making the following functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
  • Activating access tokens
  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Alert subscriptions
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  • E-commerce
  • Registration
  • Search.
Should you access the website during this time, you will receive a notification that the site functionality is temporary unavailable within your browser. Please note that this may also affect some functionality on
This essential website maintenance is part of Emerald’s customer focused development initiative, which aims to deliver an enhanced user experience to our customers.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Are you a Digital Scholar?

Developing skills with digital technologies can be a challenge for researchers interested in digital and open scholarship.

To help, the Library, in partnership with the Moore Institute, presents a series of informal workshops to share practice-based expertise, know-how, and experience in technologies and methods, that will enhance your experience of newer forms of scholarship.

Events in this semester’s series include: 

  1. Planning & Building Digital ProjectsDavid Kelly, G010, 12-1pm Thursday, 31st January.
    Register for Planning & Building Digital Projects
  2. Introduction to Research Data Management and related supports at NUI Galway – Trish Finnan, G010, 12-1pm Wednesday 27th February
    Register for Introduction to Research Data Management
  3. Creating Digital Exhibitions with OmekaCillian Joy, G011, 12-1pm Thursday 28th March
    Register for Creating Digital Exhibitions with Omeka
  4. Archives in the digital age – balancing evolving expectations against the realities of resource allocation and legislation – Aisling Keane, G010, 12-1pm Tuesday, 30th April.
    Register for Archives in the digital age

Digital Scholars' Workshop 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Scopus Access Restored

While contract negotiations with Elsevier continue with the Irish universities, our access to Scopus has been restored until January 31st.

If you find you are still having problem accessing content on Scopus, you will probably need to clear out your browser's cache and cookies.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Films to Borrow in the Library

In support of film studies, the Library has continued to add to our dvd collection located on floor one.

Below is a selection of well-known titles from all genres that we have purchased over the last year or so.

All of our dvds are available to be borrowed.

Finally we would like to remind you of our film streaming resource Kanopy which provides access to many classic films and documentaries.

DVD Titles (click on title to see holdings)

Florida Project                      Call me by Your Name          The Breadwinner     

Borg vs McEnroe                 The Big Sick                           Get Out                     

Blade Runner 2049               La La Land                   

Manchester By The Sea        On Chesil Beach       

Collection Development

Friday, 14 December 2018

Supporting Diversity in Academic Writing: An AWC/ CELT Workshop with Staff of the Writing Centre in the University of Hawaii

We are very pleased to announce that our project, 'Supporting Diversity in Academic Writing', has received funding from the NUIG Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Project Fund.  Thanks to this grant, we will be able to hold a unique interactive workshop given by writing tutors from the University of Hawaii on 29 January 2019 at 5pm.  

How can one support diversity through the teaching of academic writing? Do some practices reflect tutors’ unconscious biases and thus unintentionally lead to the silencing of diverse voices? Can cultural awareness be fostered through particular tutoring strategies?  The workshop, conducted via a video-link, will address these questions through presentations and specially designed activities. 

Located in a culturally diverse area with a long history of colonialism, the Writing Centre of the University of Hawaii is committed to facilitating inclusivity through querying current teaching practices and its state-of-the-art approach to writing pedagogy. The director of the Writing Centre of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr Georganne Nordstrom, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to work at the AWC and the English department in 2019.

A joint venture between the AWC and CELT, the project aims to to create awareness around issues pertaining to inclusivity and cultural diversity in the area of academic writing. While the workshop should be of special interest to members of staff involved in the teaching of academic writing, it is open to all students and members of staff at  NUI Galway

Please post your questions and comments about teaching academic writing and inclusivity here. We we will do our best to address them all at the workshop.

The event is limited to 16 participants, and registration is essential:

1918 Election Centenary: women voting in the West

14 December 2018 is the 100th anniversary of what was probably one of the most significant elections in Irish history. On Saturday 14 December 1918 the electorate on the island of Ireland, expanded from c.700,000 to over 2 million due to the Representation of the People Act (1918), went to the polls in what was the only 32-county general election. It was significant also because it was the first time women (over 30) were granted the right to vote to elect members of parliament and to be candidates in such elections. To mark the occasion Mary Clancy from Global Women's Studies in the School of Political Science and Sociology and Marie Boran, Special Collections Librarian, have collaborated on a visual display which tells the story of some of the women who campaigned in Galway and the West of Ireland for women's right to vote. The display will run on the Hardiman Building foyer video wall from 14-21 December. Please do drop by to view it.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

CFP: Writing and Well-being. 5 April 2019. The Academic Writing Centre, James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway.

CFP:  Writing and Well-being
National University of Ireland, Galway
5 April 2019

Procrastination, writer’s block, failing a course due to being unable to finish writing assignments, and even debilitating anxiety—many of us who work with writers, whether in the classroom,   the writing centre, or in another support capacity, encounter students who regularly experience these kinds of challenges. There are also those writers who explain writing as essential to their being, a form of therapy, and a release. Both sides of this spectrum point to the ways writing intersects with students’ well-being. Given that academic writing constitutes the core activity across multiple disciplines, professionals responsible for students’ workload and supporting writing should understand how mandatory writing assignments affect students’ physical and mental health and their emotional state; however, the subject remains under-researched, and the answers in hand are ambivalent.
For example, while some writing practices have been cited as fostering  students’ sense of confidence and self-worth (Virtanen 2007), there is a consensus that writing anxiety is prominent among multiple student populations (Baez, 2005).  At the same time, studies of student stress (Bush et al., 1985; Abouserie, 1994, Schafer, 1994) do not specifically point to writing anxiety as a stress factor. While most of us understand developing a writing process as a way to intervene in writing-related anxiety, there is little direction in the scholarship on what to do when the writing process itself seems to exacerbate a student's stress.
In speculating on ways to negotiate this issue in our pedagogies and practices, one might refer to the calls to see students’ writing as labour; as Horner (2000) and Rose (2012) argue, students’ time is a finite resource that should be used with a greater sense of responsibility. Traditionally, writing was seen as an invisible activity taking place purely in the realm of the intellect, away from the daily life of the students. This limiting view of writing obscures its impacts, whether negative or positive, on the physical world—on students’ bodies, minds, and broader aspects of their well-being.
To look at student writing through the lens of well-being means to challenge long-standing assumptions, to examine familiar practices from a new angle, and to explore new approaches in our writing pedagogies and other writing support programs like writing centres and mentoring programs within higher education institutions. With these goals in mind, we invite you to join
us for a one-day symposium at the National University of Ireland at Galway on 5 April  2019.
We welcome presentations that explore the connection between writing and well-being from a variety of angles. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

●      Writing for well-being, and well-being for writing
●      Nurturing well-being during the writing process
●      How do we teach/model well-being for student success and beyond?
●      Intersections between well-being and marginalized identity markers
●      Intersections between well-being and inclusivity efforts
●      Historical approaches to the issue of writing and well-being
●      Well-being in locations that  support writing (writing centres, mentoring programmes etc)
●      Student writing as labour

Proposals of 300 words should be submitted to by Friday, December 21, 2018. Panel proposals are also welcome and should include a list of contributors.
Please send any questions to Ira at irina.ruppo@nuigalway or Georganne at

In addition to 20-minute talks, the conference will include a discussion forum. Please contact if you are interested in giving a 5 minute presentation on any of the above subjects or a new subject related to writing and well-being. Informal queries are also welcome. 

Looking forward to seeing you in Galway!
Ira Ruppo & Georganne Nordstrom