Friday, 10 July 2015

The AWC Summer Camp: A Three -Day Free Course in Academic Writing.

The AWC Summer Camp: A Three -Day Free Course in Academic Writing: 7-9 August 2015.

This summer camp has been designed for students of all disciplines wishing to improve their writing skills. We will focus on the following:

  • working with secondary sources
  • essay structure
  • sentence structure
  • grammar
  • the writing process 

We also hope to identify each student's areas of improvement and work specifically on these issues.
On 7 - 9 August, we will meet at 11am, break for lunch at 1pm, and study until 4pm.

The camp is free and open to all students of the NUIG and the affiliated colleges.

Please register in advance:

Attendance is limited to 20 students. For this reason, please let us know in advance if you are not able to attend the camp.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Library Catalogue *Update* - Access Restored

 Regular access to the Library catalogue has resumed and all services have been fully restored.
Thanks for your patience and once again apologies for the inconvenience.

We are experiencing an issue with some of our indexes at the moment. This is impacting search results for library books and journals. Article searches are operating correctly.
Please bear with us while we deal with this issue. In the meantime, you can search our Library Management System for books and journals at

Library Catalogue

We're currently experiencing some problems with our Library Catalogue.

We're working hard to fix the problem, and we'll restore services as soon as possible.

Apologies for the inconvenience, please bear with us!

Reminder: The Sunday Times Digital Archive trial expires Friday 10 July

The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006 is on trial until Friday 10 July 2015 via
Please complete the feedback form if this resource is of interest to you.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Medical Library - Temporary Closure - Alert

Please note

Due to the Refurbishment Project underway at the Clinical Sciences Institute the Medical Library is currently off limits in order to facilitate required structural works. The precise duration of the closed period is at present unknown, but is likely to extend well into July.  
Please check our Medical Library Opening Hours website page for the latest updates:
We apologise for any inconvenience caused

Thursday, 18 June 2015

New Exhibition: Yeats and the West

W.B. Yeats - subject of a new Library exhibition

The exhibition will be open from 29 June 2015 and will run throughout 2015. Admission is free and all are welcome.

2015 is a year dedicated to the national and international celebration of the life, work and legacy of Ireland's Nobel-prize winning poet, W.B. Yeats. 'Yeats150' marks the 150th anniversary of Yeats' birth and is the inspiration behind the upcoming exhibition, Yeats and the West taking place at the Hardiman Building.

The foyer space will be transformed into a story-telling space of the influence of the West of Ireland on W.B. Yeats; his spiritual home and eventual burial place, and how the West was a living presence in Yeats' work but also on those around him, who collaborated with him and inspired those who came after Yeats.
The exhibition will present a range of items from the Archives and Special Collections of the Hardiman Library in a display of material and digital content. The themes of the multi-faceted life of W.B. Yeats will be at the centre of the exhibition and include the influence of Coole Park and the Gregory family; craft, music and print culture as evidenced through the Cuala Press Broadsides published by the Yeats sisters and edited by W.B. Yeats and featuring many artworks by Jack B. Yeats; the imposing figure of the tower at Thoor Ballylee; the 'Western World' - Yeats and America; Afterlives - the influence of Yeats on later theatre, including the Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and numerous other related themes.
The physical display will include a selection of rare Yeats publications. The exhibition will also feature a selection of framed Jack B. Yeats watercolours which are viewable in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

Library as part of CONUL National Conference

The inaugural CONUL (Consortium of National and University Libraries) annual conference, which took place in Athlone from 3-4 June featured wide representation from across the Library. With eleven speakers in total across the two days of the conference programme, the Library was well represented among peers and colleagues from across the country. The conference thme was 'Innovation and Evolution: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century' and considered the broad challenges facing academic and research libraries in Ireland. The conference identified and debated such challenges and provide an opportunity for staff to network, learn, discuss and share their expertise and best practice.

Among the speakers from the Hardiman Library were John Cox, Ann Mitchell, Evelyn Bohan, Peter Corrigan, Monica Crump, Cillian Joy, Aisling Keane, Barry Houlihan, Ronan Kennedy, Marie Boran and Connell Cunningham. The issues address by this group in their individual and joint presentations included the planned physical transformation of the Hardiman Library Building; reading list services; the journey ahead to 2020 in strategy and planning; sentiment analysis of Library survey feedback; developing user reporting mechanisms for e-resources; digital libraries; special collections and archives in research.

Keynote speakers were Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the online directory of libraries on the Web and also Sarah Moore, the Chair of the National Forum for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and Associate Vice President Academic at the University of Limerick. both speakers gave insightful and inspiring overviews and opinions on many aspects of the profession and areas being encountered, challenged or changing for librarians and institutions of national or university-based context.

The conference overall was a huge success and a wonderful opportunity for colleagues from across the country and across all institutions, services and expertise, working within libraries, to network and engage with the direction the profession, as well as our changing relationship with our users and collections, may take in the future. Well done to all at CONUL and we look forward to next year's conference!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Who won the Ipad Mini from the LibQUAL+ Survey?

The LibQUAL+ survey Ipad-mini winner was Ms Aoife McHugh, 3rd year Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and Education).

Congratulations Aoife!

'Performing the Archive' conference, NUI Galway, 22-24 July

The Hardiman Library counts among its holding an unrivalled array of Irish theatre archives spanning from the late 19th century to present day. With major archives including Druid Theatre, Thomas Kilroy, Arthur Shields, Siobhan McKenna, the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe. The Abbey Theatre digital archive, the largest theatre archive digitization project in the world, comprising more than 1 million items including scripts, costume designs, prompt books and performances is also available to study for generations of scholars to come at the Hardiman Library.

Capitalising on this expertise, 'Performing the Archive' is an international conference taking place from 22-24 July 2015 at NUI Galway and will gather together academics, researchers, artists, archivists and librarians engaged in working with archival materials on research and performance projects to explore the uses and possibilities of the archive today from theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Keynote speakers include Patrick Lonergan and Lionel Pilkington of NUI Galway, Catherine Cole of University of California, Berkeley, Doug Reside, New York Public Library, Tracey C. Davis, Northwestern University, Chicago, Hugh Denard, Trinity College Dublin and Emilie Pine, University College Dublin.

The conference will feature over eighty speakers, representing thirteen countries over the three days. Key themes of the conference will include the status of archival research methodologies in published research and graduate training today; how has digitisation changed our access to theatre archives; case studies of theatre artists using archives in new work, the possibilities of collaboration between researchers and practitioners; how has digital humanities begun to reshape the possibilities of archival engagement?; how has the cataloguing of new/recent archives contributed to new learning and change? as well as the craft of the playwright: drafting, editing and writing for stage or radio as represented in the archives.

The conference will also include staged readings of historic and previously unknown scripts from the archives by students from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance of NUI Galway. Other events will include a series of thematic workshops, book launches of new leading publications as well as excursions to events at the Galway International Arts Festival.

The full conference programme and schedule is available at

Library Information Resources (LIR) Annual Seminar 2015

The LIR HEAnet User Group for Libraries aims to explore and develop awareness of electronic information resources and to promote the use of the HEAnet network in exploiting these resources. Since its inception in 1993, it has provided a forum for discussion on the use of electronic resources and networks by HEI libraries and encouraged communication and co-operation between member libraries in accessing electronic resources. Each year, LIR hosts a seminar organised around a central theme, and in the past has covered topics such as Open Access and Open Source, Cloud Based Collaboration and the Management of Electronic Resources.

This year’s seminar was entitled ‘Uncharted Territory? What Next for Webscale Discovery’, and dealt with the topic of library discovery tools. Keynote speakers on the day included Gareth Owen & Mark Hughes from WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum) who discussed their recent assessment and selection process for their resource discovery tools: ‘Transitioning a Vision to Reality: The Wales Higher Education Library Forum (WHELF)’, and Dorinne Raaimakers, Utrecht University Library whose presentation, ‘Thinking the Unthinkable: A Library Without a Catalogue’, discussed Utrecht University’s decision to do away with their discovery tool.

Videos and slides of these presentations, as well as the other presentations on the day, including one from the James Hardiman Library’s Electronic Resources Librarian, Ronan Kennedy (Discovery Tools - Walking the Tightrope between Complexity and Simplicity), can be found on the LIR website, and will give valuable insight into the current trends in resource discovery, as well as how libraries plan to tackle this topic in the future.