Wednesday, 12 December 2018

CFP: Academic Writing and Well-being. 5 April 2019. NUI Galway.

CFP:  Writing and Well-being
National University of Ireland, Galway
5 April 2019

Procrastination, writer’s block, failing a course due to being unable to finish writing assignments, and even debilitating anxiety—many of us who work with writers, whether in the classroom,   the writing centre, or in another support capacity, encounter students who regularly experience these kinds of challenges. There are also those writers who explain writing as essential to their being, a form of therapy, and a release. Both sides of this spectrum point to the ways writing intersects with students’ well-being. Given that academic writing constitutes the core activity across multiple disciplines, professionals responsible for students’ workload and supporting writing should understand how mandatory writing assignments affect students’ physical and mental health and their emotional state; however, the subject remains under-researched, and the answers in hand are ambivalent.
For example, while some writing practices have been cited as fostering  students’ sense of confidence and self-worth (Virtanen 2007), there is a consensus that writing anxiety is prominent among multiple student populations (Baez, 2005).  At the same time, studies of student stress (Bush et al., 1985; Abouserie, 1994, Schafer, 1994) do not specifically point to writing anxiety as a stress factor. While most of us understand developing a writing process as a way to intervene in writing-related anxiety, there is little direction in the scholarship on what to do when the writing process itself seems to exacerbate a students’ stress.
In speculating on ways to negotiate this issue in our pedagogies and practices, one might refer to the calls to see students’ writing as labour; as Horner (2000) and Rose (2012) argue, students’ time is a finite resource that should be used with a greater sense of responsibility. Traditionally, writing was seen as an invisible activity taking place purely in the realm of the intellect, away from the daily life of the students. This limiting view of writing obscures its impacts, whether negative or positive, on the physical world—on students’ bodies, minds, and broader aspects of their well-being.
To look at student writing through the lens of well-being means to challenge long-standing assumptions, to examine familiar practices from a new angle, and to explore new approaches in our writing pedagogies and other writing support programs like writing centres and mentoring programs within higher education institutions. With these goals in mind, we invite you to join
us for a one-day symposium at the National University of Ireland at Galway on 5 April  2019.
We welcome presentations that explore the connection between writing and well-being from a variety of angles. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

●      Writing for well-being, and well-being for writing
●      Nurturing well-being during the writing process
●      How do we teach/model well-being for student success and beyond?
●      Intersections between well-being and marginalized identity markers
●      Intersections between well-being and inclusivity efforts
●      Historical approaches to the issue of writing and well-being
●      Well-being in locations that  support writing (writing centres, mentoring programmes etc)
●      Student writing as labour

Proposals of 300 words should be submitted to irina.ruppo@nuiagalway.ie by Friday, December 21, 2018. Panel proposals are also welcome and should include a list of contributors.
Please send any questions to Ira at irina.ruppo@nuigalway or Georganne at georgann@hawaii.edu

In addition to 20-minute talks, the conference will include a discussion forum. Please contact Irina.ruppo@nuigalway.ie if you are interested in giving a 5 minute presentation on any of the above subjects or a new subject related to writing and well-being. Informal queries are also welcome. 


Looking forward to seeing you in Galway!
Ira Ruppo & Georganne Nordstrom
Co-organizers

Friday, 7 December 2018

Dr Nordstrom (University of Hawaii) to Begin Work at the AWC next term

We are looking forward to the arrival of Dr. Georganne Nordstrom, who has been awarded the Fullbright Fellowship to work with the AWC in the James Hardiman Library and in the Discipline of English in Spring 2019.




Dr. Georganne Nordstrom is an Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric and Director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s (UHM) Writing Center. Her research and teaching focuses on writing center studies, critical and place-based pedagogy, and examinations of Indigenous and minority rhetorics, with a specific focus on Hawaiʻi’s Creole, Pidgin. She is the co-editor (with Jeff Carroll and Brandy Nālani McDougall) of Huihui: Aesthetics and Rhetorics of the Pacific (UH Press, 2015), a multi-genre anthology whose authors represent different nations of the Pacific. Her work has also been published in College English, College Composition and Communication, and The Writing Center Journal. Dr. Nordstrom is the recipient of UHM’s 2016 Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching and the 2012 Richard Braddock Award for the article “Ma ka Hana ka ‘Ike (In the Work is the Knowledge): Kaona as Rhetorical Action.”

New Irish Fiction in the Library


It has been an amazing year for Irish fiction - a Booker prize winner and a bestseller from Castlebar. As well as Anna Burns and Sally Rooney there has been a wealth of new and established writers publishing new material in all genres.

Here are some of the recent Irish novels we have added to our collection.

All of these books are available from our Popular Reading Collection, currently on floor 1. We always welcome suggestions for new books to added to the Library's collection.


Milkman by Anna Burns

Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The Orchid and the Wasp by Caolinn Hughes

A Keeper by Graham Norton

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

The Importance of Being Aisling! by Emer Lysaght & Sarah Breen







 Collection Development


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Student Reading List Survey - tell us what you think


The Library is currently running a short student survey about access to your reading list materials.

We would like to know:
  • do you have difficulty accessing your required readings - books, ebooks or articles? 
  • would you like your course modules to use our Reading List System as described below? 
Please take a minute to fill out the Student Reading List Experience survey.
(survey ends Friday 14th December)

The Library's Reading List System
In the last two years we have, where possible, provided your lists online with our dedicated Reading List System.

The list is created by the lecturer and links to ebooks, scanned chapters, full-text articles and our Library holdings. The list is accessed via the relevant Blackboard module.

Using this system allows us to quickly check and keep track of your reading list requirements.
It is easier for students to find their readings and we do everything we can to provide access to high demand material whether ebooks, scanned chapters, articles or more print copies.

Currently we have over 450 reading lists online but we would like to extend use to as many modules as possible.
If you would like to use this system please tell us by filling out the Student Reading List Experience survey.


Collection Development

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Oxford Bibliographies in Music - trial ends Friday 07th December


Oxford Bibliographies in Music combines the best features of a high-level encyclopedia and a traditional bibliography in a style tailored to meet the needs of today’s online researchers.

Each article, written and reviewed by top scholars in the field, is rich with citations and annotations, expert recommendations, and narrative pathways to the most important works for virtually all areas of music.

Click here to access the trial of Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Please submit the feedback form available here to assist in evaluating this resource.

The trial ends on Friday 07 December 2018.




Thursday, 29 November 2018

Some Recent Novels by NUI Galway Graduates

With the recent nomination of Ithaca by NUI Galway graduate, Alan McMonagle (BComm, MA) for the Dublin Literary award we thought it would be timely to bring together the recent novels published by NUI Galway alumni from the past year or so.

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (BCorp)
A police procedural by a former Law student, now based in Australia.

Connect by Julian Gough (BA)
Modern themes of AI and cyber reality merge in this technological/philosophical thriller.

Red Dirt by EM Reapy (BA)
Young Irish emigrants and their misadventures in the Australian outback. 2017 Rooney prize winner.

The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow by Danny Denton (MA)
Set in a rain soaked Ireland of the future, this imaginative novel follows the journey of a young teenage father.

The Storm Keepers Island by Catherine Doyle (BA, MA)
Catherine Doyle received a major deal by Bloomsbury Publishing for this charming book set on an island off the west coast of Ireland, the first in an upcoming trilogy.


All of the above books are available in the Popular Reading section of the Library and if we have missed any books please let us know.

Collection Development





Friday, 23 November 2018

Research Data Management Policy and Library Guide




A new Research Data Management Policy at NUI Galway has been approved recently. It was developed by members of the Research Data Working Group and provides advice to staff engaged in research at NUI Galway about their responsibilities relating to data generated, collected and processed by NUI Galway staff as part of a project, which is led or contributed to by NUI Galway staff/students. For further information, guidance and support please consult the Library Guide on Research Data Management. It includes information about typical data-related activities undertaken in the research data lifecycle, how to write a data management plan and how to find and cite data. See also Research Data Working Group.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

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


Friday, 16 November 2018

Ireland’s Memorial Records


Ireland’s Memorial Records

Archives & Special Collections has arranged a display to mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The printed volume in the display case in the foyer of the Hardiman Building comes from our set of the eight volumes of the Irish Memorial Records, originally published in 1923 by the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial. Prolonged debate had taken place in many countries both during and after the War concerning an appropriate means by which the dead should be commemorated. Initially many families had demanded the return of their loved one’s remains but the scale of the casualties had quickly precluded this from happening. In Ireland matters were further complicated by the huge shifts in public opinion and political life wrought by the events of the revolutionary period. The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial was established in 1919 with Field-Marshal Viscount French of Ypres as its first President. The Committee’s principal legacies are the Irish War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge, Dublin and the publication of these volumes, funded by public subscription.  The latter contain over 49,000 names of men who died during the First World War.
The volumes were produced by the well-known contemporary Dublin publishers, Maunsel & Co. and include fine handmade paper. The page borders were created by Harry Clarke, then enjoying a significant reputation as an artist both in stained glass and other media. One hundred copies of each book were printed and they were intended to be available in most reference libraries. A list has been compiled in recent years of the whereabouts of 35 surviving sets of the Memorial Records. The set held by this library is apparently the only set in the West of Ireland. Our volumes are available for consultation by researchers in the Archives & Special Collections Room in the Hardiman Building.
From the outset problems were experienced by those assembling the names as to the definition of “Irish” and criteria for inclusion in the volumes. There was, as we see in our display, also some confusion concerning duplicate entries. The volume on display exhibits the entry for Robert Gregory, of Coole Park, Gort, county Galway, who died in January 1918. The two entries appear to both refer to the same Robert Gregory. Over the years researchers have indicated that the Memorial Records are not a definitive list and that there are other Irish men who died in the War who are not listed in the volumes for various reasons, principally to do with the location at which they joined the forces or were killed.

The Irish War Memorial Gardens were designed by the renowned architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, and eventually built between 1933-1939. They are now in the care of the Office of Public Works. For more information see http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/warmemorialgardens/  & http://opwdublincommemorative.ie/


 A hand-list of sources  in the library for further research on the First World War is available from the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

*Update: Access Restored* Problems Accessing All E-resources

Update: A fix was implemented by ISS overnight, and access to our e-resources has been restored.

There is a small chance that your computer will appear to be denied access still. If this is the case, refresh your browser (Ctrl+F5) or clear out your browser cache and cookies, and this will restore access back to normal.
Apologies once again for any inconvenience this might have caused you.


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Due to IP address problems on the NUIG campus network, there are currently problems accessing all e-resources (databases, ejournals, ebooks, etc).

ISS have been informed of the problem.

There are some possible workarounds that may work for you, but we can't guarantee success with any of them unfortunately:

  • If you can use the campus WiFi (NUIGWiFi or Eduroam) network rather than a LAN cable, you may be able to access some resources.
  • Another option is to sign in to your Campus Account at http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/ and then use the Library Catalogue to navigate through to the e-resources you want to use.


We apologise for the interruptions in access to our e-resources, and we hope ISS will have the issue rectified soon.