Thursday, 22 March 2018

Dr Georganne Nordsrtom (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s) to join the AWC team in 2018-9

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Georganne Nordstrom has been awarded the Fullbright Fellowship to work with the AWC in the James Hardiman Library and in the Discipline of English in Spring 2019.

Dr. Georganne Nordstrom is an Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric and Director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s (UHM) Writing Center. Her research and teaching focuses on writing center studies, critical and place-based pedagogy, and examinations of Indigenous and minority rhetorics, with a specific focus on Hawaiʻi’s Creole, Pidgin. She is the co-editor (with Jeff Carroll and Brandy Nālani McDougall) of Huihui: Aesthetics and Rhetorics of the Pacific (UH Press, 2015), a multi-genre anthology whose authors represent different nations of the Pacific. Her work has also been published in College English, College Composition and Communication, and The Writing Center Journal. Dr. Nordstrom is the recipient of UHM’s 2016 Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching and the 2012 Richard Braddock Award for the article “Ma ka Hana ka ‘Ike (In the Work is the Knowledge): Kaona as Rhetorical Action.”

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Tragic Vandalism of a book on Tragic French Drama

The ripping out of pages from Library books is deeply frustrating for students and Library staff alike. It is a selfish act and damages the Library's collections for current and future students.

Below are the colourful responses from fellow students to the removal of three important pages on the play Phèdre from the book 'French Tragic Drama in the Sixteenth and Seventeeth Centuries' by Geoffrey Brereton. In this instance we were fortunate in that we were able to secure a second hand copy of this out-of-print book but that is not always possible.

If you do come across damaged books please bring them to the attention of Library staff. Remember that students can photocopy or scan a chapter of a text for personal use so there is never an excuse for spoiling a book.

Collection Development

Monday, 12 March 2018

Galway Fishmarket

Leenane, County Galway

To mark the St. Patrick's Day Festival and Seachtáin na Gaeilge we present a photographic slide show on the Hardiman Building foyer screen. These images were originally published in Chicago in 1898. The editor of the collection, entitled Ireland in Pictures, was a Galway native, John F. Finerty. He was born in Galway but emigrated to the United States where he followed in a family journalistic tradition. His father had been the editor of one of the influential 19th century Galway newspapers, the Galway Vindicator. Finerty's writings were strongly Catholic nationalist in tone and he edited this photographic collection in 1898 as a centenary commemoration of the 1798 rebellion. The wonderfully stark black-and-white images in the slide show provide us with an insight into the landscape of the West of Ireland 120 years ago. The book is on display this week in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman building and can be requested for viewing by contacting the staff at the desk there.
Queen's College, Galway, 1898

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Academic Writing and Innovation. Seminar on 17 April.

Academic Writing and Innovation
G010, James Hardiman Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway 
17 April 2017

Innovation is seen as a key ingredient for success in academia, but we often taken good academic writing for granted as a crucial skill in this process. We know from the work of Peter Elbow that writing is a creative and imaginative process, irrespective of the subject. Janet Giltrow has argued that ‘style is meaningful’ and impacts the development of ideas. More recently, Helen Sword has drawn attention to ‘stylish academic writing’, arguing that ‘intellectual creativity thrives best in an atmosphere of experimentation rather than conformity’. Yet the precise relationship between academic writing and innovation remains to be explored; to do so means to highlight the crucial importance of writing centres, writing instructors, and pedagogical initiatives to academia at large.

This seminar will examine the connection between academic writing and innovation from a variety of perspectives, including the use of the Project Based Learning (PBL) and other innovative methodologies, the switch from assessing to improving student writing, the role of writing centres in academia, the ideology of writing spaces, and new ways to support librarians on the path towards publication.

Confirmed Speakers
Tom Deans, University of Connecticut
Steven Engel, University of Michigan
Hellen Fallon, Maynooth University
Adrian Frazier, NUI Galway.
Megan Jewel, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
Ann Nowak, Touro Law Center
Laura McLoughlin, NUI Galway


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Understanding Altmetrics to determine where your research is gaining attention

Next Wednesday, 28th February,  

Jane Burns, Altmetric Ambassador for Ireland
 will give a public lecture on:  
Understanding Altmetrics to determine where your research is gaining attention

The lecuture will take place in Room G010, Hardiman Research Building

Come and hear her speak to gain an understanding of Altmetrics and how they can complement traditional bibliometric measurements for your research impact. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about how to use Altmetrics to identify potential collaborators, to engage with and develop your online research profile.
Jane Burns is an experienced Library & Information Professional. Jane has recently been appointed as Manager of Information, Library & Web Services for the Irish Hospice Foundation. 
She is a part time Lecturer at the School of Information & Communication Studies and the School of Education at University College Dublin.  She is currently pursing a PhD in Education at UCD in the research area of Medical Humanities Graphics and their application in Communication Education for Health Professionals.
Jane has an extensive interest in a range of research and information topics. Along with Richard Arnett and Eric Clarke (RCSI) she was the winner for the 2017 Wellcome Images Award for her collaborative research Breast Cancer: Graphic Visualisation of Tweets. Jane is a published author and presents regularly at Conference nationally and internationally.
In 2015 Jane was accepted by the Altmetric Organisation to be their Ambassador for Ireland, this is a topic she has presented about widely in Ireland and more recently at the International Altmetric Conference in Toronto, Canada.
To book a place at this seminar please go to:  

Monday, 19 February 2018

Archives and Special Collections 2017 report and Connaught Journal donation

Launch of The Archives and Special Collections in 2017 Report and Donation of Rare Issues of the Connaught Journal

Date: Tue 27 February, 1730
Venue: Bridge Room (#1001), Floor 1, Hardiman Research Building, followed by a reception in HRB Room 004

From the Michael M. O'Shaughnessy collection

2017 was an exciting year for the archives and special collections at NUI Galway. The collections featured in many publications by staff from this University and elsewhere and also featured in many exhibitions, seminars and in a range of teaching programmes. They stimulated connections with major institutions worldwide, brought distinguished visitors to the campus and attracted media coverage. Outreach activities, cataloguing and digital innovation all extended the local and global reach of the collections. Major new additions have further strengthened our holdings in areas such as the Irish language, the Northern Ireland Troubles, left-wing politics and local history.

All of these developments are captured in an annual report, The Archives and Special Collections in 2017. Professor Daniel Carey, Director of the Moore Institute and Chair of the Archives Strategy Committee, will launch the report. 

This event will also mark the generous donation of rare issues of the Connaught Journal newspaper by Ronnie O’Gorman. 

Marie Boran, Special Collections Librarian
Dr. Elizabeth Tilley,  English
Dr. John Cunningham, History

Sign up at the following link:

Friday, 9 February 2018

The AWC Editing Competition

AWC: Twitter Competition. Round 3.

Describe the competition
The AWC posts a long sentence. Whoever shortens it in the most elegant way without losing any important ideas or information wins the prize.

What is the purpose of the competition?
To draw attention to the editing process and to bust the myth that good writing is just a function of talent and inspiration. There is no ‘good writing’, just good editing.

Absolutely. If writing is about catching your raw ideas, editing is about giving them form. Some people think editing is the same as proofreading, but this is not the case.

You’re  saying editing is not the same as proofreading?
When you proofread, you look for minute errors, but you do not change the text. When you edit, you look for more interesting ways to express your ideas. You do not look for mistakes. You do not beat yourself up. You are supposed to have fun.

So what do the results of the competition tell us about approaches to editing at NUIG.
We got some really funny entries. One person shortened the sentence by getting rid of vowels. Others sent us gifs. There was a lovely poetic attempt: ‘Dragons are friend-shaped’. It didn’t win because it didn’t answer the criteria, but it was very good in its own right. We got some proper responses too, and the sentence was by no means easy. It had a twist in it, that you could easily miss when editing.

What are your hopes for the competition?
That it becomes a campus wide celebration of editing skills.

So when is the next round?
It's on now. Edit the sentence below and tweet it to @AwcNUIG or just email it to

The word ‘procrastination’ , so awkward, and long, is known to so many people and, moreover, it does not seem to have a less erudite-seeming jargon-like equivalent, indeed the strange sound of the word might be the reason so many people nod and stare and appear to look ashamed when that word is mentioned, as if procrastination was a horrible disease specially selected by the gods as a punishment for the students those gods found especially deserving of such punishment, and who perhaps think that the heavy-sounding word derived from Latin might function as a charm against that punishment, whereas it might actually be the case that procrastination might be something good, that it might be just your mind taking a break from a task that you assigned it, and doing something more creative instead, and that if we only had more words to describe the process through which the mind commands one to take breaks in spite of the threat of deadlines, our lives would be easier. 

The Library Survey


Library Survey 

In total, 2165 students and staff completed the survey, 59.8% of respondents were Undergrad students, 26.5% were Postgrad students and 13.7% were Staff.

Each of the 1220 comments received were analysed and were grouped into categories. Each category was reviewed and where possible an action plan was drawn up to address the issues raised.

This infographic outlines some of the major actions we are taking to address the issues raised by our users.

The 2018 survey will be run during March, by completing the survey you can provide us with lots of feedback which helps us with our planning process. 

Prize Winner

The winner of the participants prize was Silvia Gagliardi, who is a PhD student in the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Here she is receiving her prize from John Cox, University Librarian.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

IEEE Xplore Access *Restored*

9th Feb: Access to the IEEE platform has been restored.

7th Feb 09:00: Access to IEEE Xplore Journals, Ebooks and Conference Papers is currently down. We're working on fixing this and hope to be back up within the next 24 hours.

Apologies for any inconvenience

Monday, 29 January 2018

Books that changed History

Books that changed history

A 2017 publication which will attract the attention of bibliophiles, art historians, literary scholars and many others, Books that changed history published by Dorling Kindersley features essays on 72 works, ranging from Ancient Egyptian books of the dead to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
See a review of this title at Reviews & discussion of "Books that changed history" or hear the editor describe its contents to the RTE presenter Seán O'Rourke at
Some original and some facsimile editions of many of these works feature in the James Hardiman Library's Special Collections. Over the next months we will put our copies of some of these titles on display in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room for you to enjoy, together with the relevant commentary contained in Books that changed History. The initial display features the first volume of Carl Linneus' System Naturae, published in France in 1789. This copy is from the University's Old Library collection, features in the early library printed catalogues and bears the stamp of Queen's College, Galway.

The second chosen title in this display is a modern complete and annotated edition of the Chronicle of the world 1793, commonly known as the Nuremberg Chronicle. This fine edition was published by Taschen in 2001. It is stored in our Special Collections and can be read on request in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room on the ground floor of the Hardiman Research Building (Room HRB005).