Friday, 21 November 2014

Attention users of the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room!

The Archives and Special Collections Reading Room will be closed for an event on Friday 28 November and Monday 1 December.  Limited reading facilities will be available in the Research Microfilm Room (G006), adjacent to the Special Collections Room on those days.  We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience, and please contact, or (091) 493476 if you have any queries about this.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Times Higher Education to Partner with Elsevier on THE World University Rankings

Scopus data will underpin the World University Rankings, as well as THE’s other rankings such as the 100 Under 50, Asia University, and the BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings. Under the agreement with THE, Elsevier will also run their annual global academic reputation survey though THE will have ownership of the results and data behind the ranking indicators.

Trevor Barratt, Managing Director of THE, remarks, “Research publication data for the rankings will in the future be drawn from Elsevier’s Scopus database. The new data source will allow us to analyze a deeper range of research activity from a wider range of institutions than at present, including those institutions from emerging economies that account for a growing portion of the world’s research output and which have shown a great hunger for THE’s trusted global performance metrics.”

This is a great endorsement of the work  done over the last 10 years – improving the quality of the Scopus database, the breadth of global coverage and developing the market-leading research metrics and benchmarking tool, SciVal. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration - November and December Dates Available.

ScanPro 2000

Come along to a machine demo in the Micro Form Room

Event Description:
Demo of the ScanPro 2000 Microfiche/Microfilm machines 

Please book you place to avoid disappointment
Additional session can be arranged if needed

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 features 
Come along for a professional demo by the Supplier

Microform Room - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right when you enter the library and it's on the right just after the book returns area.

Long term print journal archive policy defined

E-journal publishing and preservation has matured in the last decade and is now a secure and reliable  mode of delivery for journals.  For that reason, the vast majority of the journals the library makes available are now delivered as e-journals.

However, the print journal remains a valuable resource in its own right, both as a physical artefact, often beautifully bound and illustrated, and as a piece of history, telling the story of how both research and scholarly communication has developed over the history of the University.

For this reason the Library values and will continue to develop, preserve and promote our unique print journal archive.  Our Long Term Print Journal Archive Policy specifies those journals that the Library undertakes to preserve and retain in print, regardless of future online availability.

NUI Galway Library - New Collections Strategy

The Library seeks to proactively support and enhance the learning, teaching and research activities of the University by providing seamless access for all its users to excellent and relevant collections.

Our collections comprise many formats and media including print books, e-books, print and e-journals, databases, special collections, archives, AV material, microform, newspapers etc.

In managing and delivering seamless access to these collections, the library faces many challenges:
  • There are competing demands for the limited space available within the Library and on campus. 
  • The publishing world is in a period of transition between traditional print publishing and the maturing world of e-books and e-journals. 
  • Our users’ preferences continue to vary greatly with some preferring e-books and others print books. 
  • Our users increasingly expect instant access to the information they need and there can be extremely high, but short term, demand for course textbooks and prescribed readings. 
To help the Library to meet these varying demands and challenges, we have defined a Collections Strategy, and some related policies, which outline the key principles which will inform the future acquisition, storage, management and delivery of access to collections.

We welcome your feedback on this strategy.

Monday, 17 November 2014

The unopened book

This month in Special Collections we focus on the production and use of early printed books (1450-1850) and encounter the phenomenon of the unopened book. This is a result of the book production process itself, when several pages were printed onto a single large sheet and then folded into page order to create gatherings. Groups of gatherings were then stitched together to create the finished book. This folding process resulted in closed top and foredges in the newly printed book, which were usually trimmed and opened upon purchase or binding. On occasion, and regardless of age or ownership, we come across an unopened book in Special Collections.

In terms of collectability, unopened books can often be more valuable as, in their unread state, they tend to be in better condition. In terms of book history, however, the unopened book poses a question: a) is it an indication of a conscious effort on the part of its former owner(s) to preserve the pristine quality of the book, b) did the well-intentioned new owner get distracted, or c) is it more indicative of an inherent lack of interest in the book, the literary equivalent of getting a pair of socks on Christmas morning?
If you would like to view the Bad Books exhibition, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at
The spotlight exhibition can also be viewed in its entirety on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of November.

Writing Workshop for Postgraduate Students

This year’s first Academic Writing Centre workshop for Postgraduate Students takes place today on Monday 17 November at 5pm in the Nursing and Midwifery PC Suite.
Presenter:  Cristina Kinsella
Description:  Writing is a solitary process, but it does not have to be a lonely one. This workshop will allow postgraduate students to collaborate with each other to gain helpful insights on the writing process at the postgraduate level. We will discuss how to combat blocks, how to process mountains of research, and other common writing pitfalls.
All welcome

English Historical Documents Online - trial now available

A trial of English Historical Documents Online is now available via until Friday 12 December.

English Historical Documents is the most comprehensive, annotated collection of documents on British history ever compiled. Conceived during the Second World War with a view to ensuring the most important historical documents remained available and accessible in perpetuity, the first volume came out in 1953, and the most recent volume almost sixty years later.

The sources include treaties, statutes, declarations, government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, orders, acts, sermons, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters, diaries and more. Each section of documents and many of the documents themselves are accompanied by editorial commentary. The sources cover a wide spectrum of topics, from political and constitutional issues to social, economic, religious as well as cultural history.

Complete the feedback form available from the link above if this resource is of interest to you.

Do you need help finding the books and articles on your reading list?

We can help !

Drop into one of our sessions ‘Understanding your reading list’ 
Nov 17th - 21st at 11am daily in the Library Training Room

We will show you how to find the books and articles that you need for your course. 

Just drop in, 11am, no need to book
Bring along your Reading List.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Catalogue & Databases Training Tonight 19:45

There will be a session tonight on effectively using the Library's resources.

No need to book, just drop in.

Venue: James Hardiman Library Training Room
Time: 19:45
Duration: 1 hour 

Topics covered will be:
  • important areas of the library website
  • your Library account
  • how to find material on the catalogue
  • understanding your reading list
  • searching for information by topic on the catalogue
  • explaining and using the Library's databases
  • key multidisciplinary databases