Thursday, 24 April 2014

Important Notice for Users of the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room

Special Collections Reading Room


Advance Warning

In order to accommodate an event to launch the opening of the Hardiman Research Building, an exhibition showcasing the archives of the Abbey Theatre, it will be necessary to close the room from Wednesday 30 April to Friday 2 May.  A limited service will be offered in the microfilm room, located to the right of the Reading Room on these days.  It is expected that full service will resume in the reading room after the Bank Holiday weekend on Tuesday 6 May.

Seomra na mBailiúcháin Speisialta



Béidh orainn an seomra léitheoireachta seo a dhunadh Dé Chéadaoin 30 Aibreán go dtí Dé hAoine 2 Bealtaine.  Béidh seirbhís srianta le fáil sa seomra béal dorais ar na laethanta seo.  Tá súil againn go mbéidh seirbhís iomlán ar siúl arís tar éis an deireadh seachtaine saoire bainc, Dé Máirt, 6 Bealtaine.  

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Endnote for Law: an Introduction

Monday 28th April  2-4pm Library Training Room

Event Description:
This is a quick practical demonstration of using Endnote for Law essays and theses. Issues around particular legal styles and database sources will be discussed and demonstrated. The focus will be on the use of the OSCOLA style. Students will have to decide whether the Endnote software is suitable for their needs.

 Event objective:
To familiarise students with Endnote software and the issues of using it for legal research assignments.

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Event presenter:

Hugo Kelly Law Librarian

Happy Birthday Shakespeare! - 'Macbeth' as Gaeilge and more from the Archives

As the literary world salutes William Shakespeare on his birthday today, these items from the theatre collections of the James Hardiman Library here at NUI Galway show the works of the Bard were never far from the stages of the West.

[James Hardiman Library Archives,
Siobhan McKenna Papers, T20/368]
From 16th to 23rd November 1941 Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, the Irish language theatre based in Galway, staged a production of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Translated by S.L O Suilleabhain and directed by Walter Macken, it had been planned that the Taoiseach, Eamonn de Valera, would have attended the opening night. Established in 1928, An Taibhdhearc had found a new lease of life from 1939 with the appointment of Walter Macken as director, who also took the lead in this play. Macken is one of the best loved writers, novelists and literary drivers from the West and his immense contribution is evident throughout the papers and archives An Taibhdhearc. (Full catalogue here)

Siobhan McKenna had just started her Arts degree in University College Galway and had acted in An Sciursa Bhan by Karl Capek in the previous June and in An tImpire Mac Seoin by Eugene O'Neill in September, but this production of 'The Scottish Play' was her first major role with the theatre. Later, when Siobhan went for auditions in the Abbey in 1945, Ernest Blythe asked her for an impromptu speech in Irish; it was, in fact, one from this role she performed. 
[James Hardiman Library Archives,
Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe Collection, T1/D/76.]

[James Hardiman Library Archives,
Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe Collection, T1/D/76.]
McKenna, a fine Shakesperian actor, spent a season at Stratford-on-Avon in 1952. She played a captivating Viola in ‘Twelfth night’, directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie (qv) at the Stratford Festival in Ontario in 1957, and a one-woman Hamlet in the manner of Sarah Bernhardt off Broadway in 1957, which critics panned; but her Lady Macbeth, opposite Jason Robards, at Harvard University in 1959 was of star quality, ‘putting in the greatest mad scene seen in the U.S. since Callas's Lucia di Lamermoor’ (Time).
Extensive records are present in the papers of Siobhan McKenna on her time spent in Stratford-on-Avon and indeed on her personal life and professional career in general. The full catalogue can be seen here.

Rescheduled MICROFICHE/MICROFILM DEMONSTRATION to Thursday 24th of April - Sorry for the inconvenience caused

You are invited to the following event:

Microfiche/Microfilm Area 
(Ground Floor - Main Library)
James Hardiman Library
National University of Ireland, Galway
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James Hardiman Library Vendor Training Events

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

WiFi Connections in JHL

ISS have made some changes to the Library WiFi configuration, if anyone is continuing to experience WiFi issues within the Library Building please either log a ticket in the Ticketing System – or call to the Library and IT Service in the foyer. Please include the following information when logging a ticket.

• What location are you attempting to connect from (Library 1st, 2nd, ground or nursing Library)
• When did the problem commence
• Can you connect in other areas of the campus
• What operating system do you have on your client (Windows XP, 7 or 8)
• What is the Mac Address of your client 
• Contact phone number

Best of Luck with Your Exams

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The Library staff would like to wish you the very best of luck with your exams. 

For those of you who doing your finals we wish you every success in the future. 

Just ask at the Library/IT Service Desk if you need help.

Additional study spaces are available 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

REMINDER: Microfiche/Microfilm demo (Wed 23rd of April)

Come along to the Microfiche/Microfilm demo in the Microfiche/Microfilm area on Wed 23rd of  April, 2014

Event Description:

30 minute Microfiche/Microfilm demo 

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

Location: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.

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EBSCO databases training

EBSCO databases training will take place as follows:

Date: 20th May 2014
Venue: Nursing Library PC Suite
Trainer: Chris Watchous, Training & Implementation Specialist, EBSCO

Session 1: 1030-1145
EBSCO databases available at NUI Galway that are relevant to Arts, Social Sciences and Health Sciences e.g. Academic Search Complete, ERIC, CINAHL

Session 2: 1215-1330
EBSCO databases available at NUI Galway that are relevant to Business, Economics, Science and Engineering e.g.,
Business Source Complete, EconLit, Omnifile, GreenFile

The following topics will be addressed in both sessions
- Overview of range of relevant EBSCO databases available to NUI Galway
- How best to search the EBSCO platform etc.
- New features
- Indexes and thesauri
- Cited reference searching
- Subject terms vs thesaurus terms
- Searching across all or selected Ebsco databases
- Time for questions        

To book a place follow the links on the Library website to Support >> Training >> Training Events


- Go to
- Select the link to Training Events

Monday, 14 April 2014

Update on Blackboard access issue

Update as of 16:00 on Monday 14th April 2014:

Student accounts are re-enabled on Blackboard and some students can see their courses.

Our supplier is continuing to process course enrolments and over the next few hours access will be restored for all impacted students.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused to users.

If you have any queries, please contact the Service Desk (Tel. x5777 eMail

Special Collections item

Why not take time out from study this week to visit the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building and view Diophantus of Alexandria’s Arithmeticorum libri sex (Toulouse, 1670). Known by many as 'the father of algebra', this is volume six in his Arithmetica series, and it includes the first printed statement of Pierre de Fermat's celebrated last theorem. It was edited by Samuel de Fermat, his son, and our copy bears Samuel’s signature. Our copy also includes the errata leaf which tends to be wanting in many copies.

The James Hardiman Library also holds Pierre de Fermat’s Varia opera mathematica (Toulouse, 1679), which bears the signature of Abigail Barusch Lousada, his C19th biographer.
Both tomes are Jesuit printings.
If you would like to view/ consult either item, please submit an online request or contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at