Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Digital Theatre+ is now available


https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/plays-and-productions
 
Digital Theatre+ contains many digital productions and several educational resources including:
 
 
 
 
Digital Theatre+ will continue to expand with more contemporary & classical productions, exclusive practitioner interviews and in-depth study materials.

Access to Digital Theatre+ is available here.


Collection Development

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Muintir na Tíre Interest Group

When the James Hardiman Library was discussing the acquisition of the Muintir na Tíre archive with Tom Fitzgerald, Dr Tony Varley from the School of Political Science and Sociology and the University Librarian, John Cox contacted academics from within and outside NUIG to see what the academic interest, if any, was in the archive.

Numerous letters of support were received regarding the value of the archive and how important the archive was for social, historical, geographical and sociological research purposes. This support came from historians, sociologists, geographers and economists. Such powerful advocacy was very influential in ensuring that the University acquired the archive.


To continue the engagement with the academic supporters who were very enthused about the archive an interest group was established within the university. While the academics wait patiently and with excitement for me to finish appraising, arranging and cataloguing the archive we have invited the academics who are on campus in NUIG and colleagues from Teagasc in Athenry to attend four meetings throughout the period of the project. 



We have had two very successful meetings with the academics to date. The first meeting provided the academics with an introduction to the archive and the archival process. We informed them of the various records that are in the collection such as the National Conference material, AGM minutes, financial records, publications, annual returns provided by guilds/community councils and publications.



The second meeting provided a further update on the progress of the arrangement and cataloguing of the collection. I’m still at the arrangement phase as there are approximately 8,217 items in the collection but I am over half way there. They were also informed of some of the other finds in the collection including minutes of meetings of the National Council and National Executive, correspondence with other bodies involved in rural Ireland including IFA, ICA, ICMSA and of course government departments.


One of the main purposes of the interest group and engaging with the academics is to get them thinking about the use of the archive for teaching and research purposes. By informing them of the content of the archive they can start planning the use of the archive for undergraduate and post graduate teaching and research purposes. They might not focus all their research on Muintir na Tíre but they may wish to use some of the archive. They can inform students of the wealth of material in the archive and the possibilities of how this can enhance their research.

By engaging with academics it provides solace to this archivist and indeed the library that the archive will be used and that there is excitement about the archive being made available so that they can start using it. Expectations on when the archive will be available for use does have to be tempered but knowing that your hard work is appreciated and causing excitement does provide me with enthusiasm and enjoyment while continuing the archival process. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Theatre Record: trial now available


A trial of Theatre Record is now available until Tuesday 16 May 2017.

Established in 1981, Theatre Record is the reference bible of UK theatre and the first stop for anyone – theatres, researchers, agents, critics – wanting indexed reviews from the major newspaper critics of all professional theatre productions, large and small, in and out of London, complete with cast credits and production photographs.

To access this trial click here.

Please complete the trial feedback form if this resource is of interest.




Collection Development

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

James Hardiman Library - Easter Opening Hours





To help in planning your study over the Easter weekend please see below details of the James Hardiman Library Easter opening hours:


  • Friday 14 April       10.00-18.00
  • Saturday 15 April   Closed
  • Sunday 16 April     Closed
  • Monday 17 April    10.00-18.00


The Library Reading Room at basement level will be open daily from 07.00-02.30




Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Access *restored* for Web of Science, Jrnl Citation Reports, Essential Sci Indicators

Update April 5th - Access has been restored to all affected resources.
You can access the resources as normal via the relevant links in the library catalogue.


We're currently experiencing access problems with Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports, and Essential Science Indicators.

For Web of Science, the interface can still be searched, but there's no guarantee that content in search results will be as comprehensive as it should be.
Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators are both presenting login screens and aren't authorising us at the moment.

Technical support for the resources has been contacted, and they are currently working on fixing the issue.

We'll update this blog post as events warrant. Apologies for any inconvenience!

Library E-Resources Team

Monday, 3 April 2017

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences - new edition now available


 
Access to the online 2nd edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier, 2015) is now available. Fully revised and updated, this new edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, first published in 2001, comprises over 3,900 articles and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.

Key Features:

•Provides authoritative, foundational, interdisciplinary knowledge across the wide range of behavioral and social sciences fields
•Discusses history, current trends and future directions
•Topics are cross-referenced with related topics and each article highlights further reading

Access is available here.
 

Collection Development













 

Muintir na Tíre Limited

Before Muintir na Tíre was founded in 1937 by Canon John Hayes, he established a co-operative society, Muintir na Tíre Limited, in 1931. Muintir na Tíre was an agricultural producers co-operative society for farmers and their labourers.

I have discovered some records relating to Muintir na Tíre Limited during the appraisal and arranging of the Muintir na Tíre archive. This includes the minute books from 1931 – 1937 and some published material.

The minute books of Muintir na Tíre Limited note how Muintir na Tíre Limited was set up, the rules that should be followed, the prices of shares and the title of the organisation. They note the various meetings of the organisation during the years it was active and those who were involved in the organisation. 



The first entry in the first minute book is a circular announcing a meeting on March 4th 1931 “to further consider the matter of setting up an organisation which will embrace every section of Irish Agriculture and avoid political affiliation” announced the intention of setting up an organisation which would act as a parent organisation for all those involved in agriculture. It was decided at this meeting to set up such an organisation, and this became known as Muintir na Tíre Limited.

It was agreed that the association would be registered as a limited liability organisation under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act. Muintir na Tíre Limited was registered with the Register of Friendly Societies on 24th November 1931. To be registered with the Register of Friendly Societies Muintir na Tíre Limited had to produce rules. 


Muintir na Tíre Limited believed in rural self-help. The ideological basis for Muintir na Tíre Limited was the encyclical Rerum Novarum. In this the Pope was calling for greater harmony between the social classes. In Ireland this was seen as the relationship between farmer and labourer. This vision was set out by Reverend Hayes in an address to a meeting of delegates at Commercial Buildings Dublin, 7th May 1931 and published in the below booklet.



Muintir na Tíre Limited agreed the formation of branches in 1934. Rules and regulations governing the formation of branches were established.



The most successful activity of Muintir na Tíre Limited was the development of Rural Weekends. These weekends were a shortened version of Semaine Sociales held in rural France. Rural weekends developed into the Rural Weeks run by Muintir na Tíre.

Muintir na Tíre Limited was a precursor to Muintir na Tíre and many of the ideas of Canon Hayes were developed and tried out in the co-operative society. However, the co-operative was found to be too limiting and by 1937 it ceased being registered with the Registrar of Friendly Societies. Muintir na Tíre was ready to be established to promote rural communities.

While you have to wait until these records are available for research purposes you can have a read of Class, Community and Conflict: the case of Muintir na Tíre Limited by Eoin Devereux published in Tipperary Historical Journal 1995 and Father John Hayes: Founder of Muintir naTíre, People of the Land by Stephen Rynne to find out more about Muintir na Tíre Limited. Hopefully, there will be more records relating to Muintir na Tíre Limited to be discovered. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

ARAN repository exceeds five million hits to date





ARAN has attracted over five million hits (downloads and page views) to date, leaving no doubt that adding your publications to it boosts your citations and increases the visibility of your research. It is the definitive open access showcase for research from NUI Galway. Don’t miss out on the benefits by claiming your publications on IRIS and uploading them to ARAN.






Just click on the red button (see above) beside your publications in IRIS to upload to ARAN or email your publication to aran@nuigalway.ie and we’ll upload it for you.






Upload the final draft post-refereeing without the publisher’s type-setting, formatting, logos and pagination (also known as the post-print). We check and adhere to publisher’s policies and explicitly promote and link to your published article. Very little admin is required on your part.


For advice and support email aran@nuigalway.ie


Friday, 24 March 2017

"Outside the Walls": Research in the Community
Seminar hosted by Special Collections, Hardiman Library,
 NUI, Galway


Thursday, 6 April, 14.45-17.00
 Hardiman Research Building, G011

Speakers: Marie Mannion, (County Galway Heritage Officer), Prof. Noel Wilkins, (Galway Archaeological & Historical Society), Professor Gerry Jennings (Western Family History Association), Dr. Christy Cunniffe, Archaeologist. Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. Nessa Cronin, Irish Studies. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

3 Database Trials End Soon

The following database trials will expire on Friday, 31 March:
 
  • Electronic Enlightenment
  • Kanopy (online films and documentaries)
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History
 
These resources can be accessed via the database trials page.

Please complete the database trial feedback form provided for each resource of interest.


Collection Development