Thursday, 11 January 2018

Mental Health & Exercise - James Hardiman Library - Wednesday 17th January


You are invited to attend this event in the Library on 17th January, 1200-1300.
Speakers will include
Conor Whelan, Young Hurler of the Year, 2017
Éamonn Ó Dochartaigh, Student Counselling, NUIG
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, SU President, NUIG
Meet members of the winning Galway All Ireland Senior Hurling Team
Have your photo taken with the Liam McCarthy cup & some of the Galway Team

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Seminar on 25 January. The AWC: Student Performance, Retention, and Employability

The AWC:  Student Performance, Retention, and Employability

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar on the subject of the Academic Writing Centre and raising the standards of student writing at NUIGThe seminar will address the connection between academic writing and student performance, their ability to complete their chosen course of study, and their future career paths.

The Registrar, Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, will open the seminar which will feature speakers from diverse disciplines, including Science, Law, and Marketing and will also include an open forum.


The seminar is an opportunity to cast a closer look at the work of the AWC, a unit which has played a supportive role for thousands of students since its establishment, in 2009. It is also an opportunity to begin a conversation about such issues as plagiarism, originality, and the role of writing in shaping graduate attributes 

Registration:

Or RSVP by email: irina.ruppo@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Library Reading Room - Christmas/New Year Opening Hours


Season's greetings to all from the Library Staff

If you are planning on studying over the festive period the Library Reading Room at basement level will be open as follows:

  • Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th December 2017: 07.00 - midnight

  • Monday 25th - Tuesday 26th December 2017: Closed

  • Wednesday 27th - Sunday 31st December 2017: 07.00 - midnight

  • Monday 1st January 2018: Closed

  • Tuesday 2nd January 2018: 07.00 - midnight

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 onwards normal opening hours (07.00 - 02.30) resume
 


Thursday, 14 December 2017


New Library Management System
Important Notice

Due to the installation of a new Library Management System, the following Library services will be unavailable from Friday, 15 December, 1730 until Tuesday, 19 December, 0900:
 
  • Library User Accounts
  • Real-time information regarding items on loan or their availability
  • Book circulation via Self Issue and High Use Books machines.  Please note however that you can borrow a book by coming to the Library & IT Service Desk during Library opening hours.
  • Inter-Library Loans
  • Booking of Group Study Rooms
  • Placing of hold requests
  • Online book renewal
  • Online fine payment facilities
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

More information is available here.
Should you have any queries, please contact
Service Desk -Tel. 091-495777 or Email servicedesk@nuigalway.ie

Monday, 20 November 2017

Westlaw UK Off Campus Problems


There's currently a global problem for Westlaw UK which prevents people from accessing the resource from off-campus.

While the issue is being fixed, we have a temporary workaround. Just look for Westlaw in the Library catalogue, and follow the instructions on the page that appears.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Explore your Archive



James Hardiman Library

 invites you to


Explore your Archive


  Wednesday 22nd November
11:30-13:00
 (Bridge Room), Hardiman Research Building
Four of NUIG Library Archivists will give a 10-minute talk (see below) and you will have an opportunity to view exhibits and ask questions.
Tea/Coffee will be served from 11:30 


Muintir na Tíre Periodical literature – Fiona Kearney



Muintir na Tíre is a national voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting the process of community development. The archive consists of material from the foundation of Muintir na Tíre Limited in 1931,the foundation of Muintir na Tíre in 1937 to the end of the 20th century.

Sir Peter Freyer - Kieran Hoare

Sir Peter Freyer was born on 2 July 1851 and was baptized in the parish church at Ballinakill, Co Galway on 26 July.  He was the eldest of the children of Samuel Freyer, a small landholder of Sellerna, near Cleggan and his wife Celia Burke.   He went to the Erasmus Smith School in Galway and won a scholarship to attend the Queen’s College, Galway.    He had a distinguished academic career at the College, obtaining in 1872 a first-class honour degree in Arts and winning the gold medal, two years later he was awarded his M.D., again coming first in his class. He worked in the Indian Medical Service from 1877 to 1894, becoming a specialist in urological surgery. On his return he set up in private practice in Harley St., becoming involved in the training of the Army Medical Corps among other things in the early twentieth century. He was active as a supervisor of a number of army hospitals during World War One. He died on 9 September 1921, aged 70 and is buried beside his father in the Church of Ireland cemetery at Clifden, Co Galway.

  

The Rynne Family Archive: Ireland Through Generations - Barry Houlihan



The Rynne family archive comprises records of multiple generations of a family which had formative roles in shaping Irish culture and society from the Revolutionary era through to recent years. Dr Michael Rynne, a veteran of the War of Independence also served as Irish ambassador to Spain in the Free State; his sister Mary, was a prominent writer and playwright at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Michael’s son, Etienne, was Professor of Archaeology at NUI Galway, a position he held for thirty years. This talk explores the processes of preserving and cataloguing this vast family collection





 Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy: Engineering the Promised Land - Aisling Keane


The Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy archive is the basis for an exhibition that is currently on display in the Hardiman foyer, Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy 1864-1934: Engineering the Promised Land. It tells the story of the Limerick man, who in 1884 graduated from Queen's College Galway as NUI Galway was known at the time. He emigrated to California the following year, where he enjoyed an illustrious career as a civil engineer. From 1912-1932 he served as San Francisco's City Engineer. In this role he oversaw iconic projects in the region, including San Francisco's hydro-electric power scheme, and he approved the concept for the Golden Gate Bridge. The archive offers a window into the life of an Irish emigrant in America in the late 19th century, and documents a fascinating time of  development in America.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Preparing for Semester II - the Library's Reading List Service


The Library's reading list service is a one-stop teaching support service for academic staff.. 

When you use our system we will: 

  • prioritise your reading lists  
  • order required books/e-books
  • request chapter and article digitisation 
  • provide direct linking to the list from Blackboard for your students.

The reading lists dashboard feature shows 
how often lists have been accessed
and materials used by students.
Furthermore:
-There is no requirement for separate book ordering or scanning requests. The Library will ensure sufficient access to your resources. 

-Once the reading list is created, it will roll forward for the next academic year. The Library will be automatically informed of any updates.

-Unlike direct links added to Blackboard, the resources will all be available off-campus. 


-Unlike uploaded articles on Blackboard, statistically important access/citation figures will increase and be accurate.


-Each list has a durable url and could be, for example, added to Akari as a permanently updated list. There is no loss of important module information if there a change in teaching personnel.

-Reading Lists can be shared if there are a number of staff teaching a module.

See an example of a reading list that links to our Library catalogue, full text resources and YouTube/web resources.

Training
Click here to book an introductory training session.

Using the Service
Please email readinglists@nuigalway.ie if you are interested in using the Reading List Service for your modules.

Further Information
More information about using our Reading List Service including user guides, videos and training is available from the Reading List web page

Collection Development


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Muintir na Tíre involved in Community Alert and Community Enterprise Development

Muintir na Tíre have been involved in many initiatives and projects throughout its history. Some of the projects they have been involved in include rural electrification, building of community halls and centres, EEC Pilot Project for the Training of Trainers and The Tidy Towns competition. Further information on the many projects they have been involved in can be found here.

Some of the files that I have recently catalogued have dealt with two big initiatives that Muintir na Tíre have been involved in. Both of these initiatives involved community development and empowering the local community to work together.

The first initiative is Community Alert which Muintir na Tíre are still involved with today. Muintir na Tíre became involved with Community Crime Prevention back in 1985. The idea of Community Alert was Muintir’s response to a number of vicious attacks on elderly people in 1984 and 1985 in rural Ireland. 



Muintir na Tíre worked with An Garda Síochana to establish the community crime prevention programme. Neighbourhood Watch had been introduced in urban areas in 1984 and Community Alert was launched in 1985 for rural areas.

 

Community Alert was organised by local community councils or interested local people with the help of a Muintir na Tíre Development Officer and a Garda. Community Alert road signs were erected in local areas and a local campaign was established.


Funding for Community Alert was provided by government departments including Department of Social, Family and community Affairs, Department of Health and Children and Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

The files in the collection give us a great understanding of the development of community alert and how Muintir na Tíre were to the forefront of its development. To find out more about the Community Text Alert Scheme run by Muintir na Tíre today visit here.

The second initiative that Muintir na Tíre was involved in was with the Youth Employment Agency. They employed an Enterprise Development Officer to work with community groups to establish community enterprises to create jobs in the local community.

The beginnings of an initiative to have full time staff involved in community development training began with the EEC Pilot Project in the 1970s but it was not until the mid 1980s that they got to initiate the initiative. Through the support and financial backing of the Youth Employment Agency, which later became FÁS, they were able to employ a full time Enterprise Development Officer. 

 

This work was led by Eamon O’Sullivan, the Enterprise Development Officer, and he worked with numerous community groups such as Burgess Community Enterprise Group, Castletownroache Community Enterprise Co-op, Galbally Community Enterprise Group and Tallow Community Enterprise Group.


The files detail the work that Eamon did with each group to investigate and establish various community enterprises. They also detail how the state agencies were working with different groups to improve the unemployment situation that was in Ireland during the 1980s.

 

The programme ran until 1988 and while there was some success with industries formed by local Enterprise groups not all groups involved in the programme were a success. The files provide us with great insight into the programme and how Muintir na Tíre worked with government departments. The programme was another example of how Muintir na Tíre was always working with communities to be self-reliant.

There are many more examples of the initiatives that Muintir na Tíre were involved in in the collection and this shows the impact and involvement that they have had on Irish society in their 80 year history. 

Monday, 23 October 2017

Open Library of Humanities (OLH) - An Open Access Initiative


The James Hardiman Library is a member of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). The OLH's mission is to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. It is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs).

The OLH's publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal, Open Library of Humanities. All of OLH's academic articles are subject to rigorous peer review and the scholarship it publishes showcases some of the most dynamic research taking place in the humanities disciplines including:
  • digital humanities
  • film and new media studies
  • history
  • modern languages and cultures
  • philosophy
  • political theory
  • sociology
OLH's articles benefit from the latest advances in online journal publishing – with high-quality presentation, annotative functionality, robust digital preservation, strong discoverability and easy-to-share social media buttons.
Access to all these journals is available from OLH or via the library catalogue

Collection Development
James Hardiman Library

Friday, 15 September 2017

Culture Night 2017




This year’s culture night takes place on the 22 September. Culture night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. The James Hardiman Library is holding an evening of talks and an exhibition to celebrate culture. The focus of the talks is on community development with the focus on materials from the Muintir na Tíre collection as well as volumes from the 19th century printed collections.

The James Hardiman Library’s collections hold a rich source of material on local and community studies. In the archives we have collections from The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Professor Kevin Boyle, Brendan Duddy, Ritchie-Pickow, Éamon de Buitléar, Tim Robinson and Druid Theatre company to name but a few. The James Hardiman Library has recently acquired the archive of Muintir na Tíre, a national voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting the process of community development. A series of blogs have been written about the work to date of making the collection accessible for researchers.



The Muintir na Tíre talk will look at Rural Ireland and Landmark two publications of Muintir na Tíre and discuss how they promoted community development before and after the United Nations definition in 1958. These will also be on display in the exhibition. Community development in Galway and the West of Ireland will be discussed as well during the talk. Much earlier attempts at community development in Galway will be addressed in the talk on James Hardiman and his involvement with organisations such as the Royal Galway Institution.

Venue: Room G010, Hardiman Research Building

Talks:
18.30: “Muintir na Tíre Periodical literature”.  Speaker: Fiona Kearney, Archivist

19.30: “James Hardiman, historian of Galway” Speaker: Marie Boran, Special Collections Librarian

We hope you can come along and join us for the evening.