Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Translated Texts for Historians E-Library: trial ends 27 Nov.

The current trial of Translated Texts for Historians E-Library will end on Thursday 27 November 2014.

Translated Texts for Historians E-Library contains scholarly English translations of over 50 works from late antiquity and the early middle ages. The translated texts span 300-800AD and have been translated into English from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian, Armenian and Old Irish.

Types of writing include histories, chronicles, letters, annals, formularies, compendia, political speeches, military and theological handbooks, poems, documentary sources, records of church councils, biblical and theological commentaries, sermons, church histories, Christian treatises, Christian and pagan panegyric and polemic, Neoplatonic texts, Lives of saints, bishops and popes.

Access to this trial is available via:

Please complete the feedback form from the link above if this resource is of interest to you.

Scheduled downtime for the WiFi Service in the James Hardiman Library

The WiFi service is subject to disruption between 16:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday November 25th in the James Hardiman Library. This downtime is required to facilitate essential maintenance of the wireless system and will affect both NUIGWiFi and eduroam users.

The wired network service will not be impacted.

If you have any queries, please contact the
Service Desk (Tel. x5777 Email servicedesk@nuigalway.ie).

Last chance to see...

Our November spotlight exhibition is drawing to a close, and this week in Bad Books we focus on the cancel. A more radical and costly alternative to the simple acknowledgement of errors as achieved through the insertion of an errata list or slip, the cancel involved the removal of an offending leaf and the pasting of a new (and hopefully error-free) one to its stub. Cancels are not always easy to detect.

An unusually obvious cancel in The commercial restraints of Ireland considered in a series of letters to a noble lord. (Dublin : William Hallhead, 1779)

While errata hint at the fallibility of the printing process, cancels erased errors without a trace and as such have more in common with the fluid and ephemeral electronic texts of our digital age.
If you would like to view the Bad Books exhibition, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
The spotlight exhibition can also be viewed in its entirety on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of November.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Copyright and Plagiarism training event, 25/11/2014 @ 7.30PM in training room JHL - all welcome

Reminder there will be a session tomorrow night, 25th of November, on plagiarism and copyright infringement in the training room at 7.30, JHL.

Topics considered will be:-

Copyright legislation
Do's and don'ts
Best practice
Downloading from the Library website
Guidelines for staff and postgrads

The session will run for one hour, depending on demand.

For further details, or follow up questions, please contact:

Neil O'Brien at 493338 or neil.Obrien@nuigalway.ie

If you wish to submit questions in advance of the session please free to contact me at my details above

Cambridge Companions Online: trial ends 26 Nov.

The current trial of Cambridge Companions Online expires on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

Cambridge Companions Online offers subject or theme based collections of content within a richly functional, fully cross-searchable online environment.

The Companions are available as a Complete Collection; Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics; the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture; and the Companions in Music.

Access to this trial is available via:

Please complete the feedback form from the link above if this resource is of interest to you.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Attention users of the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room!

The Archives and Special Collections Reading Room will be closed for an event on Friday 28 November and Monday 1 December.  Limited reading facilities will be available in the Research Microfilm Room (G006), adjacent to the Special Collections Room on those days.  We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience, and please contact specialcollections@nuigalway.ie, or (091) 493476 if you have any queries about this.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Times Higher Education to Partner with Elsevier on THE World University Rankings

Scopus data will underpin the World University Rankings, as well as THE’s other rankings such as the 100 Under 50, Asia University, and the BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings. Under the agreement with THE, Elsevier will also run their annual global academic reputation survey though THE will have ownership of the results and data behind the ranking indicators.

Trevor Barratt, Managing Director of THE, remarks, “Research publication data for the rankings will in the future be drawn from Elsevier’s Scopus database. The new data source will allow us to analyze a deeper range of research activity from a wider range of institutions than at present, including those institutions from emerging economies that account for a growing portion of the world’s research output and which have shown a great hunger for THE’s trusted global performance metrics.”

This is a great endorsement of the work  done over the last 10 years – improving the quality of the Scopus database, the breadth of global coverage and developing the market-leading research metrics and benchmarking tool, SciVal. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration - November and December Dates Available.

ScanPro 2000

Come along to a machine demo in the Micro Form Room

Event Description:
Demo of the ScanPro 2000 Microfiche/Microfilm machines 

Please book you place to avoid disappointment
Additional session can be arranged if needed

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 features 
Come along for a professional demo by the Supplier

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.

Long term print journal archive policy defined

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 Long Term Print Journal Archive Policy specifies those journals that the Library undertakes to preserve and retain in print, regardless of future online availability.

NUI Galway Library - New Collections Strategy

The Library seeks to proactively support and enhance the learning, teaching and research activities of the University by providing seamless access for all its users to excellent and relevant collections.

Our collections comprise many formats and media including print books, e-books, print and e-journals, databases, special collections, archives, AV material, microform, newspapers etc.

In managing and delivering seamless access to these collections, the library faces many challenges:
  • There are competing demands for the limited space available within the Library and on campus. 
  • The publishing world is in a period of transition between traditional print publishing and the maturing world of e-books and e-journals. 
  • Our users’ preferences continue to vary greatly with some preferring e-books and others print books. 
  • Our users increasingly expect instant access to the information they need and there can be extremely high, but short term, demand for course textbooks and prescribed readings. 
To help the Library to meet these varying demands and challenges, we have defined a Collections Strategy, and some related policies, which outline the key principles which will inform the future acquisition, storage, management and delivery of access to collections.

We welcome your feedback on this strategy.