Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Digitising the Abbey Theatre Archive: Journey and Destination

Tuesday 4 October 2016, Room G010, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway


This seminar tells the story of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, created by the largest theatre archive digitisation project undertaken worldwide. It reflects on challenges faced, lessons learned, new opportunities and impact on academic mission, library and archives.



1030 Registration and refreshments

1100 Welcome and Introduction (John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway)

1110 A brief history of the Abbey Theatre archive (Mairéad Delaney, Archivist, Abbey Theatre)

1140 Digitising the archive (Martin Bradley, Archives Consultant, and Aisling Keane, Digital Archivist, NUI Galway Library)

1210 The Abbey Theatre Early Minute Books Project (Cillian Joy, Digital Library Developer, NUI Galway Library, and Patricia O’Beirne, Abbey Digital Archive PhD Fellow, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway)

1240 Lunch, including opportunity to take a tour of the Archives and Special Collections with Niall McSweeney, Head of Research and Learning, and Kieran Hoare, Archivist, NUI Galway Library

1340 The academic impact of the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive (Professor Patrick Lonergan, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway)

1410 Data mining case study (Marc Mellotte, Applied Innovation Unit Lead, Insight, NUI Galway)

1430 Staging the Archive: mediating user engagement and experience (Barry Houlihan, Archivist, NUI Galway Library)

1450 The researcher experience (Christopher McCormack, Abbey Digital Archive PhD Fellow, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway)

1510 The transformative impact of the Abbey project on NUI Galway’s Library and Archives (John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway)

1530 Close and Tea



How To Access Databases

How To Access Databases

Finding databases is a very simple process:
  • To choose a specific database you type the database name into the search box on the library homepage. 
  • To see what databases are available on a specific topic you need to go to the list on the Subject Support pages.
  • You will need to use the 'Including Articles' functionality for cross searching across different databases. Remember, you have to be signed in first for this to work.
  • If you want to find certain types of databases, e.g. reference, statistics, etc., then on the catalogue page choose 'Browse Search'. On the new page, choose 'By subject' in the drop-down list, and then type "databases [type]". So "databases reference" would bring a list of the reference resources the Library subscribes to:

Note that links to Online Tutorials can be found on the right hand side under 'Details'

Making Your Own Database Lists In The Catalogue

Your Subject Support pages already have comprehensive lists of relevant databases in your discipline.
However, you might want to create a list of resources from other disciplines. It's very easy to do this:

  • Sign into your Library Account in the catalogue as always
  • Search for the database you want to save
  • When the search results appear, you'll see a star beside every result. Just click on the star and the database will save to your e-shelf. Simple!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Gate Theatre Digital Archive now open for research at NUI Galway

The digital archive of the Gate Theatre, Dublin, is now accessible in the Archives Reading Room of the Hardiman Building. Comprising a wealth of material in a range of formats and media, the archive and documents of one of Ireland's leading theatres, from the late 1980s to present, is newly open to study and research.
Rosaleen lenihan as 'Mary Tyrone' in Eugene O'Neill's
'Long Day's Journey into Night', (1998)

The scale of the archive and its digitisation ensures it is a vast resource for the study and understanding of plays performed at the Gate but also of Irish theatrical, social and wider cultural history. Already available within the digital archive are over 10,000 photographs, 11,000 press files, 6,500 pages of programmes, over 2,000 pages of play scripts, 1,700 pages of annotated prompt-scripts, 600 lighting designs and wealth of other material such as posters and handbills. Audio-visual material, including video recordings of productions and audio files of sound scores and design, will also be made available over the course of the digitisation project over coming months.

Programme cover of Gate Theatre's Beckett Festival
The archive of the Gate Theatre comprises material mainly from the period 1980-present, during which the theatre has been managed by Michael Colgan. The Gate under Michael Colgan has distinguished itself internationally for its work with two Nobel Prize winners, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. There is extensive correspondence with both writers, as well as huge detail about productions of their work. This will be of interest not only to Irish theatre scholars, but to people from further afield. There is also extensive archival material relating to other major writers, including David Mamet, Conor McPherson and Brian Friel. Indeed, Friel premiered seven plays at the Gate during the last 20 years of his life.

The Gate also has a long tradition of working with some of the world’s great actors; the archive features material relating to Orson Welles, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Penelope Wilton, Stephen Rea, Ian Holm, Liam Neeson, Charles Dance, and many others.

By connecting the Gate material to existing archival material at Hardiman Library on the Abbey and Druid theatres, playwright Thomas Kilroy, actress Siobhan McKenna and numerous other collections, NUI Galway’s status as the leading international centre for the study of Irish theatre is further enhanced.

This video provides an overview of the archive and its content.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

'Shakespeare Lives' exhibition now on at the Hardiman Library

Shakespeare Lives through Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen

James Hardiman Library Foyer

16-26 August, 2016

Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

This exhibition celebrates the work of Kenneth Branagh in bringing Shakespeare to life on stage and screen and making the work of the Bard accessible to a global audience.
'Shakespeare Lives' exhibition at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

It features rarely seen artefacts from the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive in Special Collections, the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast, which illustrate the actor-director’s remarkable Shakespearean career, from his debut as Henry V with the Royal Shakespeare Company aged just 23 to his Oscar-nominated screen adaptation ofHamlet, and beyond.

The exhibition is part of the programme, Shakespeare Lives across the Island: Conversations and Celebrations - 

It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations.

Kindly hosted by James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Using the Reading List Service: Preparing for the New Semester

Our Reading List Service is now up and running and we are keen to work with as many academic staff as possible in preparation for the upcoming academic year.

The service integrates Library resources, reading lists and Blackboard, making our resources more intuitive and accessible to students.

It saves academic time by simplifying ordering and offering chapter and article scanning.

As Professor Caroline McGregor, School of Political Science & Sociology says:
"It really is an excellent system and has made life so much easier in relation to developing the reading lists and learning resources for students. 
Students also find it makes the process of searching and accessing materials much more accessible. 
The fact that it also acts as an ordering system for new books takes another layer of administration from the module planning phase and has worked really well for us up to now. "  
See an example of a Reading List with links to our Library catalogue, full text  and YouTube/web resources.

Using the Service
Please email if you are interested in using the Reading List Service

More information about using our Reading List Service  including guides, videos and training is available from the Reading List web page.

Introductory Training Sessions  for Academic Staff
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