Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Upcoming training opportunities

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We're deep into the summertime now, and campus is pretty quiet! But we've still got a few training opportunities upcoming at the library. If you are on campus, why not take advantage?

We've got introductory sessions to our new Reading List Service taking place every Thursday at noon.

On Monday, July 18, 2 p.m., we've got an introduction to Endnote.

Sign up for any of our training at the James Hardiman Library Eventbrite page:


Friday, 24 June 2016

Find-eR is the new European Commission Library interface

Find-eR is the new European Commission Library interface that provides access to quality resources about the European Union.

It is a central location for accessing:

  • European policy documents from across the European institutions
  • Relevant Official Publications from a number of international organisations
  • Full text journal articles and ebooks where a subscription exists  
  • European research papers
  • Historical material
It replaces the old ECLAS interface and provides links to full text where available. If it looks familiar that is because it uses Primo, the same discovery tool as our own Library system.

If you have any queries about using Find-eR or any EU resource please contact:
Hugo Kelly ext 3359
Collection Development Librarian

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Library Reading Room - Temporary Closure Notice

Please note that the Library Reading Room at basement level, beneath the James Hardiman Library, will be closed on Saturday 25th June to facilitate essential carpet maintenance.

The room will close at 02.30 on Saturday 25th June and re-open at 07.00 on Sunday 26th June.

Alternative study space will be available on Saturday as follows between 07.00 - 23.00

  • AM107 - Lecture Room - Arts Millennium Building
  • AM108 - Lecture Room - Arts Millennium Building

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Reading List Service Training Session - 1200, Thursday 23 June

A training session demonstrating the new Reading List Service takes place from 1200-1315 this Thursday, 23 June in the Library. Training sessions will run at 1200 every Thursday throughout the summer.
This service is aimed at lecturers or any teaching/administrative staff involved in reading list provision.
This new teaching support service integrates:
  • Your reading lists hosted online
  • Blackboard
  • Library resources
  • Library ordering & article/chapter scanning

The training sessions will demonstrate the following:
  • Creating & editing reading lists online
  • Bookmarking/linking to full text
  • Structuring lists
  • Publishing lists
  • Adding lists to Blackboard
Please register here if you wish to attend a training session. Contact readinglists@nuigalway.ie if none of the dates suit and an alternative date can be arranged.
Further information on the Reading List Service including a guide and video tutorials is available at: http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/readinglists/

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Change is coming - Database Access

From July 1st the way you search for databases will change.
  • To choose a specific database you type the database name into the search box on the library homepage. The 'Find Databases' tab will no longer be available. 
  • To see what databases are available on a specific topic you need to go to the list on the Subject Support pages.
  • You will need to use the 'Including Articles' functionality for cross searching across different databases.

If you have any records saved on your eShelf in 'My Space' you need to follow the instructions below to save the records in advance of the changeover.

Exporting records on eShelf
After you have logged into eknowledge, click on My Space which should bring you to the eShelf and then click on Full View. Full View provides all the record's information, within the Simple pane. It shows a page for each record and highlights the words you queried.
Select a folder in the Select folder field to view the contents of another folder.
Click  http://eknowledge.library.nuigalway.ie/INS01/icon_eng/v-icon-save.png, to save the results to a file on your PC. A window is displayed in which you can select the format and encoding of the file to be saved.
From the Record Format field, select one of the following:
·         Standard: Saves the file as a standard text file in a format similar to that displayed.
·         MARC21 format: Saves the file with MARC21 cataloging tags.
·         Citation manager: Saves the file in the format of the ISI Citation Manager that is installed on your computer: EndNote, ProCite or ReferenceManager.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Launch of new Reading List Service - June 20th 12.30

The Library's Reading List Service has had a revamp and now comprises Reading List Software and a new team of staff to support the service. 

The Reading List Software (co-funded by the Student Projects Fund) greatly enhances and facilitates communication between teaching staff, students and the Library.  It will help us all improve the student experience of accessing content they've been asked to read, by linking students directly to the content they need to read straight from Blackboard and by ensuring the library knows what students are being asked to read, so that we can provide sufficient access/copies of that material. 

All staff of NUI Galway are invited to join us for the launch of the new Reading List Service by Dr. Pat Morgan, Vice-President for the Student Experience on:

Monday 20 June 2016
at 12:30
in the James Hardiman Library foyer

Light food and refreshments will be provided.  Please register your attendance for catering purposes.
The staff of the new team will be on hand to demonstrate the software and answer any questions you may have.
Read more about the Reading List Service or contact the team at readinglists@nuigalway.ie.

We will also be demonstrating the reading list service in the foyer of Aras Moyola during the CELT Symposium on Friday June 17th - come by and see us!

Supported by the NUI Galway Student Project Fund

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Print Journal Archive

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 Print Journal Archive Policy specifies the sort of journals that the Library undertakes to preserve and retain in print, regardless of future online availability.  A list of journals held by the library that we have identified as belonging to the Print Journal Archive is now available.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Resolved - Access issue with Archives Catalogue

Access to our Archives Catalogue has now been re-established.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Public Lecture - Myth and Memory: the Battle of Aughrim (1691)

Myth and Memory:
the Battle of Aughrim (1691)
to mark the bequest of the Morrissey Collection to the James Hardiman Library by Colman Morrissey

Dr Pádraig Lenihan
Discipline of History, NUI Galway
8.00 pm, Tuesday 31st May 2016

Aula Maxima, Quadrangle, NUI Galway

All Welcome

NUI Galway has received a significant donation of books about the Williamite War (1689-91) in Ireland and its aftermath from Colman Morrissey, son of a graduate of the University.

Over a period of 45 years Colman assembled the collection of over 200 Volumes containing all the known contemporary accounts of the war. For example the collection includes a copy (one of only 200) of John T Gilbert’s 1892 edition of the early eighteenth century manuscript ‘The Light to the Blind’. A highlight of the collection is a List of Claims  printed in 1701 of the Court  held in Chichester House (now the Bank of Ireland on College Green) Dublin where lands confiscated from the Irish Catholic losers and granted to the winners. This massive tome contains details of the former owners and the actual judgements on the claims written in by hand and so is a unique record of the land confiscations and transfers.

Other highlights include: the first biography of William of Orange/William III in 1703 in original binding; the first biography of King James II by J S Clarke published in 1816 also in original binding; the English 1759 translation of the Memoirs of the Duke of Berwick (natural son of James and a celebrated general in French service); a signed copy of William King’s influential State of the Protestants in Ireland… published in 1691; and its refutation by Charles Leslie in 1692. A framed copy of the 1688 Proclamation by Richard Talbot, Duke of Tyrconnell, proscribing persons in the province of Ulster and the town of Sligo as traitors is also included.

In addition there are copies of most of the publications by subsequent authors, including definitive Army Lists of the Jacobite Army, together with numerous shorter contemporary manuscripts describing parts of the conflict in various regions of the country, both North and South. In addition, the collection contains most of the publications from the 20th century dealing with the conflict including some rare items. Most items are in their original bindings and where repairs or rebindings have been necessary they have been carried out in a most professional manner.

John Cox, University Librarian at NUI Galway, said: “This is a wonderful collection and it is a real honour to receive it and to add it to the Library’s special collections. Colman has brought all his passion for this period of Irish history to bear on the collection, making great efforts to assemble it and often tracking down books in unusual places.”

Colman’s fascination with the Jacobite War was inspired by a boyhood visit to the Aughrim battle site. He was brought by his father, a friend of Martin Joyce, the local schoolmaster and guardian of the memory of Aughrim. This passion was subsequently reawakened by Richard Murphy’s 1965 epic poem on the Battle of Aughrim. The decision to donate the collection to NUIGalway in memory of the donor’s father, Joseph H. Morrissey, was taken because the Battle of Aughrim, the bloodiest and most decisive battle in Irish history, was fought in Connacht and because the donor’s father was a graduate of NUI Galway, or UCG as it was known then, where he attained a B.A. degree (with Martin Joyce) in 1935.
Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, said: “This is a most generous donation by Colman Morrissey, representing a lifetime of collecting, and we are delighted to honour the memory of his father in receiving it. The collection will be of great value to researchers now and in the future”.

NUI Galway’s Dr Pádraig Lenihan commented: “The collection will provide a wonderful resource to those interested in a time when the west was awake and events of continental reverberations took place on our doorstep.”

The Morrissey Collection will be included in the Special Collections of the Library and located in the Hardiman Research Building. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

NUI Galway to Digitise the Archive of Gate Theatre, Dublin.

Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway, Lorna Quinn, Actress, Michael Colgan,
Director of the Gate Theatre and Prof. Jim Browne, President, NUI Galway

NUI Galway and the Gate Theatre, Dublin are joining forces to digitise the Gate’s archive, a major resource for theatre scholars and artists.

When completed in 2018, the Gate Theatre Digital Archive will be exclusively available at NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library, where users will be able to access hundreds of videos, scripts, show programmes, and many more treasures from the Gate’s history. 

Michael Colgan, Director of the Gate Theatre, stated: “The Gate Theatre is full of admiration for NUI Galway and we congratulate them for having the vision and courage to provide this extraordinary resource for generations to come. Long may their work continue and long may it be supported.”

Founded in 1928 by Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir, the Gate Theatre has played a leading role in the production of Irish and international theatre, launching the careers of such actors as Orson Welles and Michael Gambon, staging the premieres of major plays like Brian Friel’s Philadelphia Here I Come! and presenting major international festivals dedicated to the Nobel laureates Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter – among many other major achievements.
Barry McGovern

The Gate Theatre’s archive is drawn mainly from the years since 1980, and includes information about many of the Gate’s major national and international successes during that period. The Gate has a long tradition of working with some of the world’s great actors; the archive features material relating to Orson Welles, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Penelope Wilton, Stephen Rea, Ian Holm, Liam Neeson, Charles Dance, and many others. As a multimedia archive, this resource demonstrates the Gate’s enormous contribution not only to the art of playwriting but also to acting, design, direction and production.
Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway, stated that the Gate Theatre project will have a transformative impact on Irish theatre research. “The Gate is one of the major European theatres, and has played an enormous role in the development of our theatrical culture, especially in the areas of design, direction and acting, but also in playwriting, as shown by its long association with Brian Friel. This archive will allow NUI Galway researchers and students to learn from these achievements and, we hope, to build on them into the future as well.” 

NUI Galway is the home to numerous Irish theatre archives, all of which are stored in custom-built facilities at the University’s James Hardiman Library. These include the archives of Druid Theatre, the Lyric Players Theatre, Thomas Kilroy, John Arden and Margaretta D’Arcy and Siobhán McKenna, as well as online access to the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive. These resources make available almost 1,000 videos of Irish theatre productions since the 1980s and thousands of scripts, photographs and other files. Archival material from prior to that period is currently stored at Northwestern University, Illinois.
Susan FitzGerald

To mark this exciting project with the Gate, NUI Galway is announcing the establishment of a new MA in Irish Theatre History and Archives. Students on this course will have full access to resources like the Gate Theatre Digital Archive, and will get hands-on training in the use of theatre archives, including internships.

Professor Lonergan added that the digitisation process will preserve the Gate’s archive for future generations. “Digitisation allows us to use archival material in new ways, to search through it quickly, to cross-reference it, and so on. But crucially it also protects the Gate’s material, ensuring that this national treasure will be available in Ireland for future generations.”

John Cox, University Librarian at the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway, said: “By connecting the Gate collection to its existing archival material on the Abbey, Druid and other theatres, NUI Galway’s status as the leading international centre for the study of Irish theatre will be further enhanced. The University will also have access to an extraordinarily large dataset for several major Irish cultural institutions, opening up opportunities for new research through text and data mining.”

The digitisation of the Gate Theatre archive commenced on February 1, 2016 at the James Hardiman Library. Digitisation will take 18 months. The project will encompass 200,000 pages, 20,000 images, 150 hours of audio and 750 hours of video, representing a comprehensive archive of material since 1983. The digital archive will be available for use in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room at NUI Galway.For further details visit: www.nuigalway.ie/gatetheatre  

The digitisation of the Gate Theatre archive commenced on 1 February 2016 at the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway.  Digitisation will take 18 months.  The project will encompass 200,000 pages, 20,000 images, 150 hours of audio and 750 hours of video, representing a comprehensive archive of material since 1983. The digital archive will be available for use in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room at NUI Galway.

Further news on the project partnership is available in The Irish Times