Thursday, 27 October 2016

NEW Study Break Policy commencing 01 November

The 30 Minute Rule Is Gone!

In response to feedback received from users about the 30 Minute Rule, and in an effort to reduce the instances of desk hogging, the Library is introducing a new ‘Study Break Policy’ for the monitoring and managing of study space during peak times in the Library. The policy will apply during the following periods:
Semester 1: 01 November -16 December 2016 
Semester 2: 03 April 2017 – 10 May 2017


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Problems Downloading NSAI Standards

There is a currently a problem with the NSAI database which means users can't download standards from the site.
You can still search the database, and view standards on screen, but just not download them.

If there is a particular standard you need downloaded, then just log a ticket in ServiceDesk at:
02. Library Services - Journals/Databases/Resource Issues - Issue

Just fill in the form including the name of the standard and any other relevant details, and we'll get NSAI Tech Support to forward on the standard as a temporary solution.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Open Access Week - a Guide to Open Access Resources

Link to Open Access Repositories in Ireland

The open access movement is the worldwide effort to provide free online access to scholarly research literature, especially peer-reviewed journal articles and their preprints.

Over the last decade there has been dramatic growth in open access resources with many thousands of articles now freely. Our listing provides a guide to the major scholarly open access resources, repositories and directories.

Open Access through the Library Catalogue

  • We have selected scholarly open access resources on your behalf and made them discoverable through the Library Catalogue.  Choose ‘Including Articles’ from the drop down and your results will include open access resources as well as our subscription services.

 Introducing Open Access Resources

  • ARAN : NUI Galway's institutional repository
  • RIAN :the portal for open access Irish research publications
  • SPARC : a global leader in the open access movement
  • Open Library of Humanities : supported by the seven Irish University Libraries, this is a gold open access publisher for the humanities. Currently features 10 journals in the broad humanities. 

Open Access Publishers - a sample


Open Access Search Engines

  • aRxiv : open access to e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.
  • BASE : BASE provides more than 50 million documents from more than 2,900 sources. You can access the full texts of about 75% of the indexed documents
  • CORE : 20 million articles worldwide, including pre-publication version of journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and theses. You can limit your search to full text articles and if an article is peer reviewed this is specified.
  • Google Scholar : the most common way of locating open access materials. Often a pre-print of the article and the publisher's version will appear in the search results.
  • PubMed Central : contains open access subset of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Open Access Books

  • OAPEN Library : Contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences
  • DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books : A directory of academic peer-reviewed books from many publishers.
  • Palgrave ConnectOpen access chapters and books. 
  • Project GutenburgProject Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online
  • Intech : 2700 books in science, technology and medicine

Collection Development
James Hardiman Library

Open access publishing and the ARAN repository- an overview Thursday 27 October 11 am

See booking link and details below of event next Thursday 27 October.
Venue: Library Training Room, Galway
This session will give an overview of Open Access Publishing (Green and Gold), University Policy on Open Access to Research Outputs and the benefit of making your publications available on the ARAN repository.
This event marks Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
Trish Finnan
 Digital Publishing and Data Management Librarian

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Trial to Ovid Emcare - for Nursing and Allied Health professionals

The Library is providing trial access to the Ovid Emcare database until December 13th.
This resource is primarily aimed at professionals involved in Nursing and Allied Health research. 

Access the Emcare trial via the Library Database Trials page.

Subjects covered:
Nursing - Medical & Nursing Education - Critical & Intensive Care - Family Practice, Community & Home Care - Geriatrics & Palliative Care - Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine - Behavioral Science & Psychology - Complementary Medicine - Dermatology & Wound Care - Healthcare Information & Management - Medical & Laboratory Technology - Nutrition & Dietetics - Obstetrics & Gynecology - Oncology & Cancer Care - Pediatrics
- Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation - Public & Occupational Health - Social Medicine

The database contains the following content and functionality:

  • 3,700+ international journals indexed – more than any other nursing database - More scholarly, peer-reviewed and indexed journals than any other nursing database
  • 1,800+ titles not available in other leading nursing database
  • Nearly 5 million records dating back to 1995
  • Up to 250,000 records/citations added each year
  • Broadest scope of international content—more than any other nursing database: 50% of journals are from North America, 40% are from Europe; 10% are from Rest of World. 9% of all records are for articles not in English, most have English-language abstracts
  • 70% of records have online abstract
  • More than 70,000 preferred terms in EMTREE, expanded with nursing and allied health terms. All mapped to MEDLINE’s MeSH. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Challenges of Research Data: an Open Forum

When: Tuesday 25 October 2016, 1230-1400 (including lunch)

Where: Room G011, Hardiman Research Building

To celebrate International Open Access Week the Library and Research Office invite you to a facilitated open forum on research data. This is a great opportunity to consider a range of topics, including:

Research funder requirements to make data openly accessible
Creating data management plans
Secure storage of data
Long-term curation
Finding research datasets
Enabling re-use of data
The FAIR principles – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Retrievable data
Supports required

You may have other topics too and this is the place to share and discuss them. The forum will inform the initial development of services to help researchers meet the challenges of managing datasets. Please come along, participate or listen, and enjoy lunch with interested colleagues. All are welcome.

Registration via Eventbrite (preferable so we can include you in catering numbers)

Celebrate Open Access Week!

Along with libraries around the world, the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway will be celebrating International Open Access Week the final week of October, from the 24th - 30th. The theme for the event this year ‘Open in Action’, which puts a spotlight on the concrete steps that are and can be taken to open up research and scholarship, while encouraging others to do the same.

There are a number of ways for you to take your own steps towards opening up research and scholarship at the Library during Open 
Access Week. You can sign up, for example, for two key events that we’ll be holding on the theme of Open Access.

The first event will be an open forum on research data hosted by the Library and the Research Office, and will take place on Tuesday, October 25 from 12:30 to 14:00 in Room G011 in the Hardiman Research Building. The forum will be a place to discuss pressing issues such as research funder requirements for making data open, creating data management plans and enabling re-use of data. It will be a place for researchers to bring up any questions they might have about the opening of research data. The intention will be for the forum to inform the development of services to help researchers meet the challenges of managing datasets. For more information and to sign up, please see the following Eventbrite page:

The second event is an over view of open access policy and the ARAN repository being given by Trish Finnan, the JHL’s Digital Publishing and Data Management Librarian. This event will be held in the Library Training Room in the James Hardiman Library on Thursday, October 27, from 11 - 12. For more details and to sign up to attend, see our Eventbrite page at: 

Did you know that NUI Galway has published a policy on Open Access to Research Outputs? And that it mandates the deposit of any peer-reviewed articles or conference papers to the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) database? No better time to find out more than Open Access Week! The policy and its procedures have been implemented so as to ensure the widest possible dissemination and impact of research being undertaken at NUI Galway, both with the broader research community as well as to society at large. You can have a look at the policy here:

Open Access to Research Outputs

The library provides access to a wealth of Open Access resources already, many of which you’ve probably used without know it! We’ll be promoting these resources throughout the week, simply by Tweeting and Facebooking about what they are. Follow our Twitter account, @nuiglibrary, the Hardiblog and/or our Facebook page to find out more throughout the week.

Digital Publishing Brownbag Series – Tim Robinson Archive

On Tuesday 1 November, NUI Galway Library will host a lunchtime event focusing on Digital work underway on the Library's Archives. 

Our 2nd event in the series will focus on the Archive of Fear na Mapaí, Tim Robinson, which resides here at NUI Galway. This archive documents four decades of Robinson’s pioneering work in Irish landscape, which began in 1972 when he visited the Aran Islands with his wife Máiréad. His 1975 one-inch map of the Aran Islands was the first substantial map of the area to be created since the 6 inch Ordnance Survey map a century before, and its composition brought up several complexities that exist in this unique landscape, from place-names, to the geological, archaeological, and botanical features that are all inherent in the landscape. Beyond the publication of the map, he explored these subjects in a deep-mapping project of Aran, that led to the publication of two books, ‘Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage’ in 1986, and later ‘Stones of Aran: Labyrinth’ in 1995. His work brought him to map and consider the Burren and Connemara landscapes with equal emphasis, and in 1987, Tim and Máiréad won the Ford Ireland Conservation Award. They proceeded in the competition as Ireland’s official entry, and won the European Award in Madrid.

One particularly special element of Robinson’s archive is a meticulously accumulated index of the townlands of Connemara and the Aran Islands, which has inspired the Library’s first steps to a Digital Mapping project, focusing on Robinson’s archive, but with applications to future projects. This will be the focus of our inaugural Brownbag Pitch. As the name suggests, lunch will be provided, and we will take you through the story of the archive, the digital project, and plans for the future, before opening up the floor to some discussion about what parts of the project you consider useful, not useful, and if you think this has applications to your own research.

Everyone is welcome to the pitch, and registration is free, but for catering purposes, we would request that you please register, with details of how to do so to follow soon.

Venue:                Room G011, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

Date and Time:  12:00-14:00, Tuesday, 1 November 2016


12:00     Lunch will be available from 12 in Room G011

12:30     Dr Nessa Cronin, Lecturer and Co-Director of the MA in Irish Studies, will introduce the work              of Tim Robinson

12:40     Aisling Keane, Digital Archivist at NUI Galway Library, will speak about the archive, its contents,              some examples of items of interest, and the work that has taken place on the archive so far

13:00     Dr Nessa Cronin will return to speak about creative engagement with the archive

13:10     Peter Corrigan, Head of Digital Publishing and Innovation at NUI Galway Library will speak about              the future of the project

13:25     Discussion and exchange of ideas

14:00     Session Ends

If you wish to attend this event please register on Eventbrite 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Maker Space Workshop: Introduction to SketchUp Make design software

Learn how to create 3D printable objects using the SketchUp Make software. 

At the end of this session you will be able to design a simple household item

SketchUp Make is an easy to learn, intuitive and powerful 3D drawing tool. After this 1-hour workshop you will be able to create 3D objects and ready to move on to using the more advanced features available in the software. 

The sofware is available for free download and also in the pc suites throughout the NUI Galway campus.

The workshop will be held in the library training room which is located just past the Maker Space.

More details on our Facebook Event page

* Available to students and staff of NUI Galway

Maker Space Workshop: Introduction to SketchUp Make design software

Learn how to create 3D printable objects using the SketchUp Make software. 

At the end of this session you will be able to design a simple household item

SketchUp Make is an easy to learn, intuitive and powerful 3D drawing tool. After this 1-hour workshop you will be able to create 3D objects and ready to move on to using the more advanced features available in the software. 

The sofware is available for free download and also in the pc suites throughout the NUI Galway campus.

The workshop will be held in the library training room which is located just past the Maker Space.

More details on our Facebook Event page

* Available to students and staff of NUI Galway

Friday, 14 October 2016

The UpToDate Anywhere App - the mobile clinical resource

UpToDate is a full-text, evidence-based, clinical resource designed to assist with diagnosis and treatment. Information is presented in the form of topic reviews, each one addressing a particular clinical issue

For the next year we now have access to UptoDate Anywhere, a mobile version of the resource which can be accessed on mobile phones and portable device.
UpToDate® Anywhere:       
  • includes access to over 10,000 topics in over 22 specialties
  • Persistent login:  You only need to log in once – the app saves your credentials to save you time.
  • Bookmarks and search history: Easily locate previous searches and save topics you visit often.
  • Calculators: More than 165 medical calculators support quick, informed decision-making.
Mobile Access:  
Before you download the app, an initial account must be created on campus using the campus network.

For more details on registration please see the following instructions.

Further Information

Search UpToDate®

More information on UpToDate is available from the Library website.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Launch of Digital Archive relating to Northern Ireland Peace Proces

Can You Keep a Secret? Family Life with a Secret Peacemaker 

This new online resource contains digitised items from the archive of Brendan Duddy the Derry businessman who maintained a secret channel of communication between the British government and the IRA Army Council for twenty years. Duddy was a key figure in the 1975 ceasefire negotiations, the 1981 Republican Hunger Strikes, and ceasefire talks between 1990 and 1994 and was the subject of Peter Taylor's BBC documentary 'The Secret Peacemaker'.

Venue: Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, Room G010, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

Programme:           Venue: G010

17:00                      Interviews with Duddy family members: Shaun, Larry and Patricia Duddy, and Éamonn Downey                                 with Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh

18:00 - 18:30           Questions and Answers/ Discussion

18:30 - 18:40           Launch of archive: John Cox, introduction with Professor Lionel Pilkington talk on digital archive                               and its value to scholarship

18:40                     Demonstration of digital archive by Aisling Keane

18:50                     Reception - Venue G011

To Register please book here:

British Library Newspapers - new resource

Access to British Library Newspapers, Part 1 is now available via the Library website. This new online resource provides fulltext access to the full runs of national, regional and local nineteenth century British newspapers, taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library. It includes 47 titles, totalling approximately 2.2 million pages. The collection is made up of daily and weekly publications.

British Library Newspapers, Part 1 also includes the following Irish newspaper titles:
  • Belfast News-Letter (Jan. 01 1828 - Dec. 31 1900)
  • Freeman's Journal (Jan. 01, 1820 - Sep. 29, 1900) (Note: Irish Newspaper Archive online resource provides fulltext access to this title from 1763-1924)

Further information, including a complete list of newspaper titles is available at: