Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Academic Writing Centre Holds a Workshop for Speakers of English and Irish.

An Scríbhneoireacht Acadúil agus an Dátheangachas


Academic Writing and Bilingualism (For Irish/English Speakers)

Due to the minority status of the language, writing in Irish entails various challenges for both native and non-native speakers. Yet despite these challenges, research shows that bilingualism is advantageous, as bilingual speakers often benefit from higher cognitive skills. This interactive workshop will address the main challenges faced by visitors to the Academic Writing Centre. In addition, the workshop aims to highlight how bilingualism can facilitate academic argumentation and the development of a well-defined academic voice.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 3 February at 5pm in the Library Training Room.
To register:

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Training tonight: Find quality information for your projects & assignments - Tuesday Jan. 27th

Find quality information for your projects & assignments
Attend a workshop in the Library
Tuesday, January 27th 19:30 - 20:30
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Endnote for Law: an Introduction

Wednesday February 4th 12-130pm Library Training Room

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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.

Event presenter:

Hugo Kelly Law Librarian

Inter-Library Loans materials to be collected from Library & IT Service Desk from 26th January

The Library is pleased to announce that from Monday 26th January 2015 all Inter Library Loans materials will be available for collection, and return, at the Library & IT Service Desk.

This will extend the hours for Inter-Library Loan (ILL) collection from office hours, 9-5, to full Library opening hours.

If you have a query relating to your ILL loans please continue to contact the ILL Office as usual at or ext. 2541.

Best wishes,

Inter-Library Loans
NUI Galway

Monday, 26 January 2015

Research your Legal Essay

Thursday January 29th 12-1pm
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Monday February 2nd 730-830pm
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Wednesday February 11th 4-5pm
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Wednesday February 18th 1-2pm
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All sessions held in the Library Training Room

Check out all our Law Library Sessions this semester...

Event Description: A session to help students find relevant journal sources for their extended law essays. Aimed primarily at Undergraduates. Not subject specific enough for LLM in Human Rights students.

Event objective:

Learn how to efficiently find:
•Irish, UK, European and International Law Journals.

Other secondary sources such as:
•Law Reform Commission Reports.

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Finding Books and Journals - Mature Students

This Monday Jan. 26th we offer an introduction to using the library's search and discovery tools to find the books and journals you need for your study and assignments.
This is aimed specifically at Mature Students, although all students are welcome.
Sign up at:
or make your way to the Library Training Room on the ground floor for the 7.30pm start.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

NUI Galway Digital Library programme

Here at the NUI Galway Library, we are further embracing digital initiatives by promoting academic partnerships, while also providing services for NUI Galway’s digital outputs and holdings. Our main aims are to enhance digital offerings to students, the teaching and learning community, and researchers. We believe this will build on our proud history of creating, providing support for, and promoting publications, research data, institutional data, archives, open access to research, and identifiers. 

Over the next two years many of these digital programmes and services will be brought into operation.
A summary of proposed initiatives and services are:

Digital publications
NUI Galway's open access repository of research publications collects, preserves, and makes freely available scholarly communication, including peer-reviewed articles, working papers and conference papers created by NUI Galway researchers. ARAN widens your research reach, discovery, citations, and thereby increases the University’s rankings.
Read more about ARAN, NUI Galway’s open access repository.

Digital archives
We are committed to making archival material available online.  Digitisation and preservation opens up access to these valuable resources and allows them to be used and enjoyed by all. Recently, changes to our IT infrastructures and workflows provide for a unified and solid platform for all digital content and initiatives. This digital archive work is in development and pilot projects are due in quarter three 2015. The pilot projects focus on existing and new archives, for example the Tim Robinson archive and the Brenden Duddy archive.

Research data management
The Library is planning to provide a platform and service to bring together University resources to facilitate researchers in the management of high quality data with potential for long-term use. Research data platforms support modern research integrity, legislative change and compliance, and funder policy requirements. This research data management work is in development and the pilot platform is due in quarter three 2015.

DOIs are digital object identifiers, which are widely used and recognised in the publishing world. DOIs provide your research and University publications with recognised identifiers and provide for deeper discovery and linking. The Library has purchased an online software service that allows us to create NUI Galway DOIs programmatically (via an API) or manually (via web forms). This DOI service is currently being tested and piloted, with full launch expected in quarter two of 2015.

Makerspaces contain equipment such as 3d printers, electronics kits, and computers. They are an organised space to learn through making, breaking, and fixing. The Library has secured seed funding for a makerspace via the Student Projects’ Fund and a project to create such a space in the Library has started. The makerspace is expected to be launched in quarter three 2015.

Digital scholarship centres
Our vision is to further enable NUI Galway's digital scholarship by meeting the growing demand for advanced research expertise and digital library services at NUI Galway. Digital scholarship employs state-of-the-art technologies to transform the ways in which teaching, research, and scholarship are both performed and preserved.  Digital scholarship centres offer the support needed for the full life cycle of research in the digital age and are increasingly common in US universities where they are commonly based in libraries. Documents from a recent workshop on trends and good practice in digital scholarship centers gives a good sense of their potential and should promote further discussion.

Simply put, our digital library programme will enable digital scholarship for NUI Galway. It also aims to support related digital initiatives elsewhere in the University and to participate as a partner in projects locally, nationally, and internationally. At the core of this strategy, is our own recognition that the Library is only one of many participants in innovative projects focused on collections of digital materials and data on the NUI Galway campus. Other participants include the Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies, Insight @NUI Galway, the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge and the Huston School of Film and Digital Media. Read more about our Digital Scholarship Enablement Strategy.

Your input, perspective, work, partnership, and advice will continue to be valued as we launch and continually evolve Digital Library activities.

The members of the Digital Library Strategy Group can be contacted as below:

John Cox (chair) 3712
Peter Corrigan 2497
Cillian Joy 5463
Aisling Keane 4486
Niall McSweeney 3915

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration

Event Description:
Demo of the NEW ScanPro 3000 Microfiche/Microfilm machines
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 new and improved features 
Come along for a professional demo by the Supplier
Please book you place to avoid disappointment
Additional session can be arranged if requested

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.

Edición Española Online - new Spanish e-book collection

The Library now has access to a new Spanish e-book collection, EEO Edición Española Online.

This collection contains 679 e-book titles primarily from the subject areas of Spanish language, literature, social sciences and history. Titles are from selected Spanish scholarly publishers.

The e-book collection can be searched as a whole but there are also individual catalogue records available for each title. 

Access to EEO Edición Española Online is available on the library catalogue via the library website.

Lunchtime Lecture: 'Bodies of Knowledge', 4 February, Hardiman Building

The Special Collections Lunchtime Lectures Series 2014-2015 will continue on Wednesday Feb. 4th with "Bodies of knowledge : the early days of anatomy in Galway" by Alexander Black, Anatomy, School of Medicine.

Anatomy was one of the founding departments of Queen's College Galway and was viewed at the time as a rather distasteful, if necessary, field of study, yet to be completely separated from its sibling discipline physiology. Anatomy is a visual and tactile subject, and perhaps relies on images and illustrations more than any other academic discipline.  This talk will cover the early days of anatomy in Galway, and will illustrate the importance of anatomy to society, society to anatomy, and medical imaging to medicine.

A selection of anatomy material from the Old Library Collection will be on display during the talk, and all are welcome to the G011 Seminar Room in the Hardiman Building at 1pm.
The accompanying "Art of the Unseen" exhibition of anatomical illustration will run in the Special Collections Reading Room during the month of February.