Thursday, 23 August 2012

Library Systems Unavailability

The Library Website and catalogue, Aleph, Primo, and Aran will be unavailable on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th of August for a brief period to accommodate a series of reboots necessary for the installation of upgraded system software. We hope to complete this activity over the two days between 13:00 and 15:00, during which time one of more of these resources will be unavailable. During this time it will not be possible to issue or return books via the self check or book sorting machine, all queries will need to be handled manually via the circulation desk.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this essential maintenance work.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Aug 25th: Scheduled outage on ScienceDirect, Scopus & Apps


ScienceDirect, Scopus, Hub, Applications, SciVal, and Journals Consult are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 19 hours beginning Saturday, August 25th, 2012 for scheduled maintenance for a new release.

What are the changes you will see with this new release?

ScienceDirect:    Effortless access to relevant information thanks to a new design for journal article and book chapter pages as well as improved user experience for RSS feeds, image search, and other features.

Scopus:               Easy updates with Alerts Features functionality improvement.

Hub:                    Faster and friendlier search capability through several new features.

Please click here to find out the details of the new features per each product:

The downtime is expected as follows:
  •  12:30 PM GMT Saturday, August 25th - 7:30 AM Sunday, August 26th

Friday, 10 August 2012

Michael Cusack Archive: Exhibition On Line

Croke Park's famous Cusack Stand takes its name from Michael Cusack (1847–1906), one of eight men present at the founding of the G.A.A. in Hayes's Commercial Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on 1 November 1884.  Cusack was appointed honourary secretary of the new organisation, whose aim was to promote and codify Gaelic games.   Prior to the founding of the G.A.A. Cusack had founded the short-lived Dublin Hurling Club in February 1883 and Metropolitan Hurling Club in December 1883.

In 2007 the nieces of Cusack's daughter in law Kathleen O'Connell donated a collection of documents and photographs associated with Cusack and his family to the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway.   Among the most important historical items in the collection are the complete minutes of the Dublin Hurling Club, from 1883. Cusack was Vice-President of the club, a predecessor to the national organisation founded the following year. In addition, there is a diary kept by Cusack on a visit to his native Clare in 1902 and a range of personal, biographical and photographic material on Cusack's family.   Many of these items are now available as part of this online exhibition created by the NUI Galway's Library archives service.  This is one of a number of digital resources and exhibitions created by the archives service to promote access to its valuable collections.

As well as his involvement in Gaelic sport, Michael Cusack a teacher by profession was a prolific journalist , contributing to titles such as United Ireland, Celtic Times, Shamrock, Fáinne an Lae and The Nation.  Many of these titles are available in the James Hardiman Library's Special Collections .  It is generally suggested that James Joyce's "Citizen" in the Cyclops chapter of Ulysses, is based on Michael Cusack.  However the character could also be seen as a caricature of the nationalist-militarist type and as critique of the "cult of Cú Chulainn", not as a depiction of Cusack himself derived from personal acquaintance. Patricia O'Connell (one of Kathleen O'Connell's nieces) wrote that "his nationalistic outlook may not have endeared him to James Joyce, who was a man of the Pale."

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