Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Event: Student Entrepreneurship Structures on the Way for NUI Galway: MakerSpace, Blackstone LaunchPad and more!


You are invited to the following event:

Student Entrepreneurship Structures on the Way for NUI Galway: MakerSpace, Blackstone LaunchPad, and more!
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/student-entrepreneurship-structures-on-the-way-for-nui-galway-makerspace-blackstone-launchpad-and-tickets-18534111025
. Feel free to share this invite.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Friday, 9 October 2015 from 13:00 to 14:30 (IST)
Room G011, Hardiman Research Building
Library, NUI Galway
Galway
Ireland

This event previews and introduces Student Entrepreneurship structures on the way for NUI Galway. It also highlights Student driven Entrepreneurship on campus. In addition, this event is being organised as part of Startup Gathering 2015.

Topics and speakers

What difference could a MakerSpace make? (Connell Cunningham)

Working in the NUI Galway Library Connell’s focus is on managing the services delivered through the Library & IT Service Desk. His emphasis is on ensuring that where possible users can avail of self-service but with knowledgeable staff on hand when needed. Prior to joining NUI Galway Connell worked firstly as a teacher and then in various IT service roles with multinational companies in the engineering and biotech fields. An avid maker with a shed full of bits and pieces he’s usually working on some project or other.

Countdown to Liftoff - Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway (Michael Campion)

Michael Campion lectures in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway. He teaches strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship to undergraduates and postgraduates. He is very active in the entrepreneurial ecosystem both within the University and in the Galway region. Prior to joining NUI Galway, Michael worked in the ICT industry for over twenty five years in a variety of managerial positions with indigenous companies, start-ups and multinational organisations including Digital Equipment, Lotus Development, Claris Corporation and Saville Systems.

Entrepreneurship on Campus: A Students Perspective (David Newell)

David is a 3rd year Electronic and Computer student in NUI Galway. He is founder of Student Startup, a week-long programme introducing students to startups through workshops, mentorship, speakers and events. He is Head of Administration for NUI Galway's Entrepreneurship Society and is an avid web and mobile developer.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship (Orlagh Reynolds)

Orlagh is a 3rd year PhD student in Management. The focus of Orlagh's research is sustainability-oriented entrepreneurship, and how institutional factors might constrain and enable venture idea creation and start-up. Outside of academia, Orlagh has worked with many local community groups in Limerick, Cork and Nottingham in the UK, and Orlagh is passionate about making a sustainable contribution for the community.

Demos and tour, of Makerspace and Blackstone, if space is available and time allows

Pizza, sandwiches, refreshments, and chat

For further details contact cillian.joy@nuigalway.ie.

See our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nuigmakerspace and a Web site is in progress.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

September Sports Month - Hockey from the Archives

September Sports month continues this week with a look at hockey as played on campus at UCG/NUIG. Looking back at the student annuals, available in our Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, which were published published in the early 20th century, the sports reports are a great resource for sporting history on campus. Hockey is one sport had the near unique distinction of fielding a mixed-sex team for the first time in 1912-1913. The team is pictured below and the report states:

"This year has been an important one in our Hockey Annals, for it marks the formation of a College Mixed Hockey Club, and this, we are glad to say, has turned out a decided success in every way. The team that we are able to put into the field is one that can be trusted to give a good account of itself on all occasions, and we expect it do great things in the future."



In the same notes, particular mention is made to some of the female players, "'Miss Prendergast and Miss Paul', who were selected to play for the Ladies Connacht team in a tournament held in Dublin recently." While success of both men's and women's teams were well documented in this year and noted to be among the most successful sports teams on campus, their fortunes would quickly wane as the reports for the following year of 1914 would show a club being potentially disbanded:

"When we think of the important position that the College Hockey Club once occupied amongst the hockey clubs of Connacht and the West, we must all feel regret that it holds that position no longer."

Various reasons were mentioned such as a lack of schools in the West having hockey teams that supplied willing players upon reaching College. Another was a lack of a dedicated ground of their own and also interestingly is the rather cryptic reason of "the college at present being in transition, a fact which is affecting all other games, including hockey." Things did improve over the coming years with the reports recording rising numbers and greater victories for the teams of the college hockey club.



Sunday, 27 September 2015

Congratulations to ...

... the NUIG Bioblitz team who, over 24 hours on Sept. 24-25th, regained their intervarsity title over rivals UL, UCC and NUIM. NUIG racked up a whopping 628 species, holding UL to second place with 427 species. Well done to all staff, students and volunteers involved in the mammoth undertaking.
Compare findings with historic biodiversity in the writings of librarian turned ecologist Robert Lloyd Praeger

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Introduction to EndNote X7 Friday 25 September

Introduction to EndNote X7 (for Windows desktop) training session.

1930-2130, Friday 25 September 2015
Venue: Library Training Room

*Please note this session is now fully booked.*

For further training events go to:
http://www.eventbrite.ie/o/james-hardiman-library-378278543

Further info. on EndNote is available at:
http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/support/training/usefulguides/guidetomanagingyourreferences/endnote/

Wednesday, 23 September 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

Venue
Microform Room - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right when you enter the library and then left in law area of library. If unsure please go to the Library and IT Service Desk.


Performance by ConTempo String Quartet


Galway Ensemble-in-Residence will be performing in the Library Foyer at 1.00 pm on Tuesday,
29th September 2015.

The Programme for this performance will include Quartet No. 8 by Shostakovich.

All Welcome!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

3 Steps to 3D Printing in the library Makerspace

The new makerspace in the library is scheduled to open in October but in the meantime we are now ready to start our 3D printing service.

All 3D print requests will be FREE for an introductory period until the end of November 2015.

Here are a couple of examples of what we have printed so far -

A model of a Hep. B virus - 4 hours to print

Stewart Coffin Cube Puzzle

Here are the steps you will follow to get your FREE 3D printed item -

3 Steps to 3D Print Requests

Step 1 -  Create the item: Design your model in whatever software you want to use as long as it can save a file type of .stl. Autocad, Solidworks, Google Sketchup etc. all work. Save your .stl file to the cloud somewhere (Onedrive or Dropbox) and copy a shared link to that file.

Step 2 - Submit the request: Submit your request via the Servicedesk Request System http://servicedesk.nuigalway.ie choosing a request type of 08. Printing and then 3D Print Request. Paste the link to your file in the Request Detail section.

Step 3 - Collect your 3D print: We then contact you via email when it's ready to be collected from the Library & IT Service Desk in the library.

This is a limited time  FREE introductory offer and we are waiting for objects to print so go ahead and follow the 3 steps above.

Further details on the 3D Printing Service including guidelines on what we won't print is available here -> http://library.nuigalway.ie/3dprintservice

NUIG Makerspace on facebook -


https://www.facebook.com/nuigmakerspace


Monday, 21 September 2015

Medical Library, Clinical Sciences Institute - Latest Closure Update

Resulting from major damage to the electrical and data infrastructure due to the fire incident at the Clinical Sciences Building on Thursday 17th September, the Medical Library will remain closed until Monday 5th October at the earliest, whilst power and data services are being restored.

In the interim if you need assistance Medical Library staff can be contacted in several ways:

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

• Library ticketing system – servicedesk@nuigalway.ie

• E-mail: jane.mulligan@nuigalway.ie or edward.ologhlen@nuigalway.ie

• Telephone: 091 495229

• Health Sciences dedicated Salus Blog http://salusnuig.blogspot.ie/


We apologise for the on-going inconvenience caused.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Medical Library, Clinical Sciences Institute - Closure Update

Resulting from extensive damage to electrical and data infrastructure due to a fire incident in the Clinical Sciences Institute, the Medical Library will remain closed until Monday 21st September at the earliest, whilst services are being restored.

We will update the HardiBlog as further information becomes available.

In the interim please note that Medical Library users can access the James Hardiman Library and the Library Reading Room on the main campus for their study needs.

We apologise for the ongoing inconvenience caused.

Microfilm/Microfiche: Demonstration

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

Venue
Microform Room - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right when you enter the library and then left in law area of library. If unsure please go to the Library and IT Service Desk.

Medical Library, Clinical Sciences Institute - Closure Alert


The Medical Library will be closed for the remainder of the day due to a fire incident at the Clinical Sciences Institute this morning.

We will update the HardiBlog regarding the planned reopening of the Medical Library once the preliminary assessment of damage has been completed.

In the interim Medical Library users can access the James Hardiman Library and the Library Reading Room on the main campus for their study needs.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Celebrating the Michel Déon Collection


Distinguished author and resident of Co. Galway, M. Michel Déon was elected to the Acadamie Française in 1978.

"Since the early seventeenth century, the Académie française has been recognized as the preeminent authority on the French language, additionally playing a key role in promoting French and Francophone literature and culture around the world." - Prof. Philip Dine

The Acadamie awards several literary prizes every year for works in the French language and M. Déon therefore receives many volumes of works in French for his consideration and review. For over a decade now, M. Déon has been kind enough to donate a large number of these volumes to the James Hardiman Library. Through his generosity we have now amassed more than 6,000 titles across all forms of literature in the French language.

"Students and staff at NUI Galway have benefited enormously from the support of M. Michel Déon, whose generosity and standing as one of the Immortels (as academicians are traditionally known) has allowed the Hardiman Library to build a remarkable collection of works devoted to France and French-ness, in the broadest sense. From Amin Maalouf to Émile Zola, and from the Algerian war to sports journalism (to mention only my own interests), the Déon Collection is both a cultural treasure-house and an invaluable research resource." - Prof. Philip Dine

Some examples of works from the collection are shown below, along with some of M. Déon’s own literary works.  All of the books in the Déon Collection are available for NUI Galway staff or students to borrow and this collection no doubt greatly enhances the learning experience of students of French at NUI Galway. Simply search for Déon Collection in the Library Catalogue to see the delights that it contains.

 






More information on M. Deon is available at:


Thursday, 10 September 2015

September Sports Month - Camogie Success and Silverware at UCG: Ashbourne Cup, 1916

Our September Sports Series continues with a piece ahead of yet another All-Ireland Final appearance this coming weekend. This occasion features the camogie players of Galway and their hope for All-Ireland glory in Croke Park when they face Cork.
The archives of NUI Galway shed light on the long tradition of camogie on campus. These extracts highlight some of the winning teams who brought silverware back to campus at UCG in the early 20th Century.

Our September Sports Series continues with a piece ahead of yet another All-Ireland Final appearance this coming weekend. This occasion features the camogie players of Galway and their hope for All-Ireland glory in Croke Park when they face Cork.The archives of the Hardiman Library at NUI Galway shed light on the long tradition of camogie on campus.

These extracts highlight some of the winning teams who brought silverware back to campus in the early twentieth century   in the form of the Ashbourne Cup in 1916. The college annual recounts how:
"This year has been a phenomenal one in College athletics, for we have at last secured a cup through the agency of the lady students. The result, of course, was to be expected from the energy and enthusiasm with which we worked through the year under the able captaincy of Miss O'Dowd. The practices were regular, our able trainers Messrs. F. O'Doherty and P. Fahy, being of great assistance to us."


The victory was secured by Galway in a win over Dublin. "Friday was the day of the 'grand finale' . . . As on the previous day, there was no score on either side up to half-time. However, in the second half all anxiety on our side was removed when Miss Stella Cloherty scored a goal, thereby declaring Galway the winners of the cup!"

UCG Ashbourne Cup winners 1916

Camogie Notes 1916
Camogie Notes, 1920

UCG Camogie Team 1922-23

Friday, 4 September 2015

September Sports Month in the Archives - Hurling on Campus


The month of September will be a special 'Sports from the Archives' month, where we will post a series of pieces featuring features and images from past victories and interesting stories from the sporting annals of the University. From hurling, camogie, soccer, Gaelic football, rugby, hockey, tennis and more, the series will-tie in with upcoming events such as the senior and minor All-Ireland Finals featuring Galway teams going for glory, the Galway camogie team playing in the All-Ireland final; the Rugby World Cup (Dare we to dream?!) with the team including a current NUIG student in the squad.

This first post will focus on G.A.A as this weekend all attention in the West will be on Croke Park. The hurler of Galway will face Kilkenny in the Hurling Final and our neighbours of Mayo will face Dublin in an all-Ireland Semi-final. As we look back into the archives it can be seen that hurling too time to embed and develop among the student population on campus but took home the honours of the FitzGibbon Cup for the first time in 1919. Sadly no photograph of this team is printed but the match notes record "This year marked the turning-point of hurling at UCG. It was the first time for the past few years that Galway turned out a FitzGibbon team, and we are glad to say, won the cup. Martin Fahy was a capable captain…" The competition was played in Galway and UCG beat UCC in the first game by 11pts to 4pts. In the next round Galway beat UCD 25 pts to 23 pts. Following the third round of games, all honours were even as Galway suffered a loss to UCD of 3 pts. With all teams even on points controversy would arise as the Cork team refused to hand over the cup, believing as holders from the previous year, they should retain it. UCG had superior scoring difference in the tournament and after much debate took the cup back to campus of Galway.


Following this win, as the notes from the student annual of 1922-23, UCG did not field a team for a number of years. 
Hurling Notes, 1922-23

The hurling notes from an earlier student annual of 1916 show a further account of hurling on campus from the author under a pseudonym of 'Camán'. Typical of the time it is written in, the notes are strong in their sentiment of cultural nationalism and puts the GAA and hurling as a point of necessary revival. As well as sporting records, these accounts are interesting historical accounts of politics and society in the West. 


As the time draws near to this Sunday when the Galway team will take to the field of Croke Park in the hope of bringing the Liam McCarthy Cup back to the West, it is good opportunity to look back on past sporting achievements on campus and we will bring you more updates throughout September. 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

JHL Shelfie Selfie Competition


All you need to do is:

·       Take a Selfie of yourself somewhere in the James Hardiman Library

·       Tweet it to the Library Twitter account @nuiglibrary

or

Post it on the Library Facebook Page James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

·       Include the hashtag #JHLShelfieSelfie

·       Add a funny comment

Example:
 
NUI Galway Library @nuiglibrary – Aug 28

@nuiglibrary “Ever studied in the Library in the pale moonlight. I ask that of all my students. I just like the sound of it.” #JHLShelfieSelfie

The best combinations of picture and comment, as judged by Librarians (always there to help you with your library needs), will win a prize!!

Closing Date: Friday September 4th @ 5pm