Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Irish music collectors

This month in Special Collections we focus on music, with particular reference to collectors of Irish music and song. On display over the next fortnight will be works from O’Neill (pictured), Bunting, Petrie and Hardiman.

If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or indeed to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.

A spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of March.

Copyright infringement and Plagiarism training event tonight at Training Room, JHL @ 7.30PM. All welcome!

Reminder there will be a session tonight, 3rd March, on plagiarism and copyright infringement in the training room at 7.30, JHL.

Topics considered will be:-

Copyright legislation
Do's and don'ts
Best practice
Photocopying
Downloading from the Library website
Guidelines for staff and postgrads

The session will run for one hour, depending on demand.

For further details, or follow up questions, please contact:


Neil O'Brien at 493338 or neil.Obrien@nuigalway.ie


If you wish to submit questions in advance of the session please free to contact me at my details above

Monday, 2 March 2015

Rugby on Campus - Success in Past and Present

You might be forgiven for being slightly hoarse today after cheering on Ireland in their 6 Nations victory over the weekend. Here on campus we have an extra reason to be proud as NUI Galway's Robbie Henshaw delivered not only a Man of the Match performance but also his first international try. To do so against a formidable England team in such a bruising encounter in the Aviva Stadium is an incredible achievement. Well done Robbie.

A look back in the archives of NUI Galway we can see a long rugby tradition. As far back as 1904, the then Queen's College Galway were active on the rugby field. In the Rugby notes of the student magazine of 1904, the anonymous author describes some of the Galway players. "Dee at full back is as cool and resourceful as ever . . ."; "The wings are all fairly good: Waller and Rentoul are both all-round players . . ."

You can read the full article below:

Excerpt from 1902 Q.C.G student magazine - click to enlarge

The image below is of Cork student Harry Jack attempting a penalty kick facing a rather large crowd at a Dudley Cup game held in Galway. The Dudley Cup in rugby was a big event for the author as he writes of his own memories as a player: "Rugby! Even as I write and gaze upon the word, a thousand regretful thoughts flash through my mind . . .I might dream of the deafening cheers with which an admiring and ecstatic crowd were wont to greet the entry into a football arena of the rugby team of the past."



The notes detail the Dudley Cup game between Galway and Belfast colleges in 1913 and in particular the performance of Cork player Harry Jack:

" . . .We were all agog with excitement to witness a trial of science between Wallace and Harry Jack, the famous Cork stand-off half. Jack plays, as was only to be expected, a neat and sound game, his handling of the ball striking us as being very pretty, while the wisdom and length of his kicking were a revelation to those who had an opportunity of feasting their eyes upon the execution of his powers.

The final game of the competition came down to Galway and Belfast and is pictured below:


While UCG were not successful in that particular Dudley Cup, further success would come to campus in Galway, not just in the Dudley Cup but in the Connacht Senior Cup, as in the images below. If anyone can identify any members do leave a comment.




Back in 2015, lets hope Robbie Henshaw and the rest of the Irish team can continue this great run of success and have more silverware back on campus in Galway!

To see any of these historic student magazines of NUI Galway or other related material please consult the Archives and Special Collections service at the James Hardiman Library:
http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/collections/archives/

Special Collections Lunchtime Lectures Series

Do join the Special Collections team on Wednesday March 4th for a talk by Prof. Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, who will offer observations on the original owners of the Bairéad Collection, their careers and interests, in the light of common assumptions about the cultural forces (including reading material) that shaped the 'mind' of Irish-language revivalists in the early decades of the twentieth century.
All are welcome to the G011 Seminar Room in the Hardiman Building at 1pm.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Finding Books and Journals - Mature Students

Why not come along to the James Hardiman Library tomorrow morning (Saturday Feb. 28th) and avail of an introduction to using the library's search and discovery tools to aid in the discovery of books and journals for your study and assignments.
This is aimed specifically at Mature Students, although all students are welcome.
Sign up at:
http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/finding-books-and-journals-mature-students-tickets-15614654853
or make your way to the Library Training Room on the ground floor for the 11.30am start.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Last chance to see

Our spotlight exhibition Art of the Unseen: Anatomical Illustration in the Special Collections ends this week, with Icones anatomicae (Gottingae : apud viduam B. Abrami Vandenhoeckii, 1756) by Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777) on display. Appointed as chair of medicine, anatomy, botany and surgery in the newly founded university of Göttingen in 1736, this Swiss botanist and anatomist was the first to illustrate the arteries.

Fasc. 6

If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
The spotlight exhibition can also be viewed in its entirety on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of February.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Making a Makerspace at NUI Galway


A Makerspace is a do-it-yourself space where students can access equipment, tools and software to ‘make stuff’. It’s a place where students from different colleges and schools can come together to their share ideas and work on projects.

The idea is that students have a well-equipped shared space where they can - Make, Break, Fix and Learn.

We are going to add a Makerspace to the James Hardiman library and are looking for suggestions and ideas from students and staff as to what it should contain.

If you do a search on the web for “What’s a makerspace” you will see that they come in all shapes and sizes. They vary from a simple room with a few computers all the way up to complete buildings stocked with millions of euro worth of equipment capable of 3D printing a car.

Our vision is somewhere in the middle – at least to start with.
Initially we think we should include at least:
  • 3D Printer
  • PC’s for design
  • Raspberry Pi hardware
  • Arduino boards
To help us decide if these are correct and what else we should include we have a short requirements gathering survey which we would like you to complete.
This will be YOUR Makerspace so please take a few minutes to tell us what you want the JHL Makerspace to be!


Thanks for your time and inputs.

Makerspace Project Group
Cillian Joy
Ann Mitchell
Connell Cunningham
Sylvia Nutley

Contact us at: libmakerspace@nuigalway.ie

ScanPro 3000

Our three ScanPro 3000 microfilm readers have just received a major upgrade -  with new software and better hardware. You can now easily produce scans of Archival Quality in ultra high definition with a massive increase in camera optical resolution – a jump from 6.6 megapixel to 26 megapixels – a four-fold increase!!  And the new software can easily and rapidly produce searchable PDF plus it has tons of useful features. This useful video covers the new ScanPro 3000 features. 
You are invited to attend a Vendor Training Session at 10am on 26th of February.  
Please book you place here




Giovanni Domenico Santorini (1681-1737)

Giovanni Domenico Santorini, former student of the noted physician Marcello Malpighi (1628-1694), was considered to be one of the most industrious anatomists of the eighteenth century, and his output is reflected in several eponymous anatomical structures, e.g.: Santorini's minor caruncle. His Observationes anatomicæ can be seen this week in our anatomical illustration spotlight exhibition Art of the Unseen: Anatomical Illustration in the Special Collections.

Observationes anatomicæ (Lugduni Batavorum : Apud Gysbertum Langerak, 1739)

If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
The spotlight exhibition can also be viewed in its entirety on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of February.

Find journal articles for your essays/assignments - Thurs. 26 Feb.

Find journal articles for your essays/assignments training session

2000-2100, Thursday 26 February 2015

Venue: Library Training Room (ground floor, James Hardiman Library)

This training session will cover:
*How to search for peer-reviewed journal articles using 'Including Articles'
*Searching the following library databases to find journal articles for your topic:
-JSTOR
-Project Muse
-Academic Search Complete and cross-searching Ebsco databases

This session will be particularly relevant for Arts UGs but all students are welcome to attend.

To book a place click here

Presenter: Niamh Walsh, Subject Librarian, College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies
email: niamh.walsh@nuigalway.ie