Friday, 30 October 2015

Scheduled Downtime for the Library Catalogue on Sunday, 1st of November from 07:30 - 10:30

On Sunday, 1st of November from 07:00 to 10:30, the following Library services will be unavailable in order to facilitate necessary maintenance.

  • Real-time information regarding items on loan or availability
  • Booking of group study rooms
  • Placement of reservation requests
  • Online Renewal
If you need to access our books and journals you can search our Library Management System at

If you need to access our databases you can search our Database Management System at

 Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Globe and Mail & Toronto Star - trials expire Sat. 31 October

Database trials of The Globe and Mail (1844-2012) and Toronto Star (1894-2011) will expire on Saturday 31 October 2015. and ProQuest bring over 150 years of history with Canada's Heritage from 1844—the online digitized full-image version of the complete works of The Globe and Mail newspaper since its inception as The Globe in 1844.

ProQuest also offers Toronto Star - Pages of the Past, the fully digitized and searchable online database of the Toronto Star newspaper since 1894.

Please complete the feedback forms available from the link above if you review these resources.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Catalogue Linking To Online Content RESTORED

Friday 11:35

Linking to online catalogue has been resotred. Once again, please accept our apologies for the downtime in service.

Friday Oct 23rd 09:45

We are currently experiencing problems with our libgate service, which is stopping links to online content via our catalogue.
We're working on it as a high priority and hope to have the problem fixed soon.

Apologies for the disruption this is causing.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

AWC Group Workshop: How to Plan, Structure and Write an Essay

How to Plan, Structure and Write an Essay


This workshop for undergraduate students focuses on the following:

  • Techniques for time management
  • The different phases of essay writing: planning, structuring, drafting, and editing.
  • Online writing resources

Participants should leave the workshop less stressed out and overwhelmed. They should have a completed introduction paragraph and a plan of action. 

Roshan De Stone  (AWC)
Jess Furney (AWC)


Library Training Room

All welcome, but please sign up in advance:

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Honouring Stephen Rea at NUI Galway - From the Archives

NUI Galway has honoured the acclaimed Irish actor, Stephen Rea, by conferring on him an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree. Rea has amassed a career in the performing arts on both stage and screen that has seen him portray a rich lineage of complex characters who are deeply connected to the Ireland of its time and place and also to an international connection to the wider world.

In advance of the conferring ceremonies, Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, said:
“NUI Galway is fortunate to be associated with many outstanding honorary graduates throughout its history. This week we are very proud to honour Stephen Rea for his outstanding and distinctive contribution to the world of culture, theatre and film in Ireland and far beyond. NUI Galway is very pleased to be in a position to recognise his exceptional talent and achievement. On behalf of the University I congratulate Stephen and each of the 2,500 students who will be conferred with degrees this week from NUI Galway. ”

Dr Charlotte McIvor, Lecturer in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, delivered the citation in honour of Rea paid tribute diverse range of work over forty years in the Arts:

"Stephen Rea  has taken us around the world and through time, inhabiting souls whose fragile and often violently conflicted layers of self have laid bare struggles for identity and connection that are fundamental to the human condition.   He is one of the most recognizable faces of the stage and screen, yet always unfamiliar, shape-shifting to meet the terms of the worlds he has inhabited through his work. Through his characters, he has brought us face to face again and again with the brutal and divisive politics of our small island and elsewhere."

Within the archive collections of the Hardiman Library there is a vast array of records that document and highlight the relationships between Rea and writers, playwrights, directors and theatres that have shaped his career. A key relationship is to Irish theatre via Field Day Theatre Company, whom Rea was a founding member and also the connection with the playwright Thomas Kilroy, himself a later member of Field Day and the author of Double Cross, written for Rea and produced in 1986. The plays of Brian Friel again have a large presence in the archives through Field Day records but also via the archive of the Abbey Theatre, digitally available at the Hardiman Library, along with the Thomas Kilroy archive and many other related literary and theatrical collections.

The Kilroy archive contains manuscript drafts and notes of the play Double Cross, programmes and flyers and also correspondence with Rea as well as a range of records relating to Field Day Theatre Company.

Rea starred in many Friel premieres for the Abbey Theatre, including the Freedom of the City (1973) and Aristocrats in 1979 and also Making History for Field Day Theatre Company at Derry in 1988.

Here is a selection of some archive material from these productions as we honour an congratulate Stephen Rea.

For more coverage of the honourary conferring and for video interviews with Rea please click here.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration

Demo of the 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 so as to avoid disappointment
Additional session can be arranged if requested

Microform Area - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right at Library/IT Service Desk and then left. 

If unsure please ask at the Library/IT Service Desk.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Newly upgraded ARAN is launched

This year the James Hardiman Library is participating in Open Access Week by launching the newly upgraded ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) as well as by organizing a seminar about Open Access publishing. Seminar details and registration are available here

Open Access Week is a global event and an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access and to promote wider participation in open access publishing. Further details at

Open access publishing operates in parallel with conventional publication channels such as journals by making research outputs accessible free of charge online and without subscription barriers, sometimes after an agreed period has elapsed since initial publication. The benefits include increased visibility, usage and impact.

ARAN facilitates open access publishing for University authors by collecting, preserving and making freely available scholarly communication, including peer-reviewed articles, working papers and conference papers created by NUI Galway researchers. As well as increased visibility, usage and impact making your research available on ARAN  enables you to comply with the open access publishing requirements of funders. ARAN also provides for the long-term preservation of your publications in a unique collection of research output from NUI Galway.

The newly upgraded ARAN is now available at

New features include the display of usage data for each item alongside Scopus citations and Altmetrics information where available. Altmetrics provide data about the social media use of publications. The official published version of each article is now explicitly promoted in ARAN and search features have been enhanced to include discovery filters for author, subject, date issued and type.

For more information about ARAN and open access publishing at NUI Galway please contact
Trish Finnan, Digital Publishing and Data Management Librarian, tel: 091 495961 or email:

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae - new acquisition

This important research resource is now available for consultation at 704.9470938 LEX in Humanities and Social Sciences Reference on Floor 1 of the Library.

Prof. Michael Clarke, Head of Classics at NUI, Galway advises:
This is the essential reference point for studying how Classical mythology is represented and re-created in ancient art. The paired volumes of text and illustrations are authoritative beyond anything available elsewhere, on-line or off-line. The Lexicon will be an important permanent resource not only for Classics but also for scholars and students in many other fields.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

JSTOR Access Restored

Thursday October 15th 09:00

JSTOR have confirmed that access should now be fully restored. We have tested access from both on and off campus and it seems to be working fine again.
If you are continuing to have access problems with JSTOR or any of our resources, make sure you have signed into your Library account first. If the problems persist, you may need to clear the cache and cookies of your browser to ensure you're getting the most recent version of the page you're visiting.

Wednesday October 14th 11:00

Unfortunately it looks like access to JSTOR is patchy again.
We have requested that JSTOR will confirm when the issue is fixed; in the meantime our access may continue to be disrupted.
Apologies again for the inconvenience.

Wednesday October 14th 09:00

The global issue affecting JSTOR is being resolved, and access has been restored. We will be monitoring the resource today to ensure we continue to have seamless access.

Note: if you are continuing to have access problems with JSTOR or any of our resources, make sure you have signed into your Library account first. If the problems persist, you may need to clear the cache and cookies of your browser to ensure you're getting the most recent version of the page you're visiting.

Tuesday October 13th 13:50

The JSTOR database is currently experiencing global difficulties. As a result of this, access to the database is very intermittent.

While you may be able to access and search JSTOR, it is not authenticating correctly, so we are being denied fulltext access to content.

The issue has been reported to JSTOR, and is it is a global problem, it is being worked on as a high priority.

Apologies for the interruptions in access. We will update this post as hear more details.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Database trials: The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star

Database trials of two Canadian newspapers, The Globe and Mail (1844-2012) and Toronto Star (1894-2011) are now available until 31 October 2015. and ProQuest bring over 150 years of history with Canada's Heritage from 1844—the online digitized full-image version of the complete works of The Globe and Mail newspaper since its inception as The Globe in 1844.

ProQuest also offers Toronto Star - Pages of the Past, the fully digitized and searchable online database of the Toronto Star newspaper since 1894.

Please complete the feedback forms available from the link above if you review these resources.



The Green and the Gold: perspectives on open access publishing

Wednesday 21 October 2015, 1200-1330
Room 1001, Floor 1, Hardiman Research Building
This seminar is part of International Open Access Week. Open access is a hot topic, bringing challenges and opportunities for universities and researchers, with different models operating worldwide. The seminar features presentations by two NUI Galway academics, Dr. Emer Mulligan and Professor Tim O'Brien, who have an editorial role in journals operating Green and Gold models.

There will also be an overview of the University’s Open Access Policy, recently adopted by Academic Council, along with a demonstration of new features available on the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) system managed by the Library. Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice-President for Research, will join the discussion.

Places are limited to 37 and registration is essential at:

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Brian Friel - An Appreciation

It is with great sadness that we note the laying to rest of Brian Friel yesterday. A quick look through our archival holdings shows the range and influence of Brian as a playwright and a friend to various theatre people for well over fifty years. From writers such as John McGahern and Thomas Kilroy, to a variety of theatre companies and actors, the energy and enthusiasm he brought to Irish theatre is clearly visible. In September 1963 the Lyric Theatre staged "The Enemy Within".

Featuring George Mooney in the role of Columba, it was one of a number of plays staged by the Lyric Theatre Company from young emerging Irish writers in the late fifties and early sixties.

Another play which features strongly in our collections is the "Loves of Cass Maguire". Siobhan McKenna's role as Cass in the Abbey's 1967 production introduced one of the most enduring characters to an Irish audience.

It was also one of the plays staged by the Druid Theatre Company in their opening production in the Summer of 1975, revived in 1996 for the 21st anniversary production, both productions starring Marie Mullen.

 The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, uniquely available at NUI Galway, captures the legacy and engagement of Brian Friel with Ireland's national theatre. The Abbey would première some of Friel's most powerful plays from the 1970s to present day, including The Freedom of the City (1973) Volunteers (1975) Living Quarters (1977) Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) Wonderful Tennessee (1993). The Abbey archive contains scripts, prompt scripts with detailed annotations, posters, programmes and recorded videos of performances of many of Friel's landmark works.

With around ninety references to Brian in our online holding search engine, available at why not take a virtual tour through our holdings to appreciate the impact of one of Ireland's great playwrights on Irish theatre.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Medical Library, CSI - Latest Closure Update

Resulting from major damage to the Medical Library facility, due to the recent fire incident at the Clinical Sciences Institute, the Medical Library will remain closed until late October/early November at the earliest, whilst structural and cabling repairs are on-going.

Due to the nature of the works involved all access to the Medical Library has been suspended, and it is therefore no longer possible to retrieve books on behalf of users.  Please note that we provide online access to a large range of medical titles in e-book format which can be accessed via the catalogue, and that if you have a problem in relation to acquiring information on a specific topic you can contact a member of the Medical Library staff who will work with you to identify alternative information sources.
For assistance with any queries Medical Library staff can be contacted in several ways:

• In person via the Help Desk at the entrance to the Nursing & Midwifery Library extension to the rear of the James Hardiman Library ground floor • Library ticketing system –

• E-mail: or

• Telephone: 091 495229

• Health Sciences dedicated Salus Blog

We apologise for the on-going inconvenience caused.

Need Help Finding Books and Journals? Come along to a training session

With over 500,000 books, 400,000 e-books and 70,000 e-journals in the Library finding the book or journal you want could feel like finding a needle in a haystack.

Come along to our Finding Books and Journals training and in just 30 minutes discover how easy it is when you know how!

Other essential tips you'll pick up at this training session:
  • How to put a hold on a book that's in high demand, so the next available copy is reserved for you.
  • How to renew your books online and avoid paying fines.
This training is available every day:

Monday to Friday
11.00 am
Library Training Room

No need to book, just drop in!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Archives Sports Month - From 'Association Football' to Soccer

This edition of Archives Sports Month from the archives looks at soccer on campus at NUI Galway. In the early years of the 20th century, the records show news reports, club notes and photographs from when it was known as 'association football' and by c.1910 it became more commonly called soccer in the club notes. While the records from 1914, below, detail increasing numbers of those taking up and playing soccer on campus, there is a lack of any notes or records in the college annuals for many years afterwards which would indicate a break in the soccer club activities until the mid-1920s. The images below are from the 1914-15 season, one of the last updates from that period: