Thursday, 22 December 2016

James Hardiman Library - New Staff Induction

  Tuesday 10th January 2017, 1000-1200

G010 Hardiman Research Building

All new staff (academic, research, administrative and technical) at NUI Galway are invited to attend this Library Induction event.
For catering purposes please book


1000              Welcome
1005              Library & IT Service Desk

1010              Academic Skills
1015              Academic Writing Centre
1020              Reading List Management System

1040                                      Tea/Coffee

1100              Special Collections & Archives
1110              Research Support
1120              Digital Scholarship
1130              Open Access Publishing
1140              MakerSpace
1150              Q&A
1155              Tour of the Library and Archives

30,000 E-books added to the catalogue

30,000 e-books added to the catalogue

The James Hardiman Library has added nearly 30,000 e-book records to the catalogue under an initiative called Demand Driven Acquisition.
These e-books are discoverable in the catalogue and comprise of scholarly works published in the last three years across all subject areas that are relevant to NUI Galway.
While the books are fully accessible to users, the Library won't pay for these e-books unless they are used! A purchase is ‘triggered’ only when one of the books is used for more than 5 minutes, or part of a book is downloaded or printed.

We hope that this will really open up access to the material you need, without us buying what we’re not sure you will use.  It gives you a role in selecting material to be added to the library's collection.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

NUI Galway wins CONUL Annual National Teaching and Learning Award for Explore Project

NUI Galway wins CONUL Annual National Teaching and Learning Award for 2016

Congratulation to Barry Houlihan, James Hardiman Library, Paul Flynn, School of
Education and CELT for winning the 2016 CONUL Teaching & Learning Award for their Explore project -

Breaking the SEAL’ – Student Engagement with Archives through Learning.

The project received a glowing citation from the award judges with particular points highlighting the innovation in breaking down barriers to academia, from third to second level, the focus on critical thinking and learning, digital literacy innovation and partnership between the Library, School of Education and also the community of schools involved.

The prize fund of €1000 will be used to expand the project to additional schools, along with presenting at next year’s CONUL conference and an opportunity to publish findings of the project in the Journal of Information Literacy.

Barry and Paul would like to thank Mary Fleming, School of Education and Niall McSweeney, James Hardiman Library and CELT for their advice, encouragement and help with the project.

Pictured above are the prize-winners Barry Houlihan and Paul Flynn along with Tony Hall, School of Education and John Cox, University Librarian. 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Digital Publishing Brownbag Pitch - Enabling a Treasure Trove of Economic Data

On Tuesday 17th January 2017we will continue our series of lunchtime brown-bag events to focus on Duanaire, A Treasury of Digital Data for Irish Economic History

Duanaire is the work of Dr Aidan Kane and his team. This innovate project has unearthed a wealth of Irish fiscal history data and made it accessible online in a range of formats. At its core are the detailed accounts of revenues and expenditures from the Journals of the House of Commons of the Kingdom of Ireland throughout the 1700s. These remarkably sophisticated and consistent accounts give unique insights into the evolution of the Irish economy and the press of political and military events during this fascinating period.

Dr Kane has assembled a unique infrastructure for the imaginative curation, exploration and sharing of significant tranches of Irish economic history data. Its construction grew from collaboration between Dr Kane and his team with Moore Institute, Digital Technologist David Kelly, and the Library's Digital Library Developer, Cillian Joy, all of whom will speak at this seminar.

Dr Kane will talk about the evolution of the project and its future.

David Kelly will talk about the re-design of the Duanaire website, and about his work producing engaging, interactive data-visualisations based on the project’s data.

Cillian Joy will tell us about the Library’s involvement in providing the technology that bootstrapped the Duanaire project. He will also outline the exciting developments concerning the Library’s latest infrastructure to manage archival and research data. Cillian will also give an overview of our advisory services in this area.

Following the presentations we will open-up the floor to general discussion about the project. This is your opportunity to engage. We are eager to hear your views whether you think Dunaire has applications to your own research,  if it serves as a template for research in related area or if you would just like to know more about the services of our Digital Library.

Everyone is welcome to this Brown-bag Pitch and registration is free. To allow us adequately provide for catering, we request that you please register here 

Venue: The Bridge, Room 1001, First Floor Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

Date and Time: 17 January 2017, 12-2pm

12:00     Lunch will be available from 12:00

12:05     Dr Aidan Kane, Head of Economics at NUI Galway - The Duanaire Project

12:30     David Kelly, Research Technologist for the Humanities and Social Sciences at NUI Galway - the re-design              of the Duanaire website and interactive data visualisation

12:45     Cillian Joy, Digital Library Developer at NUI Galway Library - the Library’s involvement with the Duanaire              project, our technology strategy and infrastructure and what it could do for you.

13:00     Discussion and exchange of ideas

14:00     Session Ends

A Christmas Archive Miscellany - Festive Acts and Writings

Christmas has inspired personal stories and writings for so many of Ireland's writers. From playwrights to novelists, the story of Christmas and what it means, in comedy and tragedy, for so many has resulted in great works, many of which are within the Archives of the Hardiman Library here at NUI Galway.

Draft of story, Christmas, by John McGahern

The writer John McGahern explored this particular time of year in one of his short stories. How that story even came to be is a story in itself. Christmas is the story of the young boy deposited to a family at Christmas time from an orphanage. He rejects a gift he is given, that of a toy aeroplane and this act forms the centre of McGahern's attention in the drafting of the story. The McGahern Archive contains numerous drafts of the story which was first published in the Irish Press in 1968. Numerous titles range from Santa ClausA Gift for HimselfThe Aeroplane, before finally being published as Christmas in the volume of short stories Nightlines in 1970.

Draft of story, Christmas, by John McGahern

The opening line of many of the drafts begin with "The thaw overhead in the bear branches had stopped the evening we filled the load for Mrs. Grey". This would imply that winter has passed and Christmas is over. Yet the published story opens with a different scene, one of a young boy being boarded onto a train, described as a "ward of State" and being sent to live with 'Moran' for the Christmas period. Moran is a recurring name within McGahern's work, also being the family name within his 1991 novel Amongst Women. The novel itself was nearly called The Morans, only to be changed very close to publication.

Given so much effort of redrafting, editing and re-titling of the story is evident with McGahern's papers, it is clear this particular story meant quite a deal for the writer in the late 1960s. The variances in handwriting styles also show the revisions were carried out over a number of years, as McGahern's hand changed over the years.

Cover of A Christmas Carol, Lyric Theatre Archive, 1981
Another traditional Christmas tale is that of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. The Lyric theatre in Belfast staged in 1980 in a version by John Boyd. Boyd was a prolific playwright during the previous decade of the 1970s, writing some of the most important plays regarding the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland with works such as The Flats in 1972 also presented by the Lyric Theatre. In his introduction to the play, Boyd writes of Dickens' story being linked to the plight of everyday life in Belfast at the time. The Lyric theatre founding director, Mary O'Malley, was so enthused with Christmas-themed drama that one of the very first productions by the Lyric players was a version of The Nativity, by Lady Augusta Gregory in November 1950. The script of this had to be procured from the Gate Theatre, Dublin, as seen in the letter here.
Scene from the Nativity by Lady Gregory, Lyric Theatre Archive, 1950
Letter from Gate Theatre sending script of The Nativity to the Lyric Theatre
Lyric Theatre Archive.
At the Gate Theatre itself, the theatre staged a revival production of Micheál MacLiammóir's Christmas play, Home for Christmas or A Grand Tour. First staged in 1950, in the original programme note, reproduced in the 1976 revival programme, MacLiammóir recounts how he was prompted to write the play by Orsen Wells about an prosperous English family touring across Africa and Europe at a time of Victorian empire and exploration. MacLiammór took that advice but set the story among an wealthy Irish family who are returning from world travels to Ireland for Christmas.

We wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017!

Friday, 16 December 2016

Library Reading Room - Christmas/New Year Opening Hours

Season's greetings to all from the Library Staff

If you are planning on studying over the festive period the Library Reading Room at basement level will be open as follows:
  • Monday 19th - Saturday 24th December 2016: 07.00 - midnight
  • Sunday 25th - Monday 26th December 2016:  Closed
  • Tuesday 27th - Saturday 31st December 2016:  07.00 - midnight
  • Sunday 1st January - Monday 2nd January 2017: Closed

Tuesday 3rd January 2017 onwards normal opening hours (07.00 - 02.30) resume

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Library - Christmas/New Year Opening Hours

Library Christmas/New Year Opening Hours

Friday 16th December 2016 - Sunday 8th January 2017

Fri 16th Dec:  08.30 - 17.30 
Sat 17th Dec  / Sun 18th Dec:  Closed
Mon 19th Dec - Thurs 22nd Dec:  08.30-17.30
Friday 23rd Dec - Monday 2nd Jan: Closed
Tues 3rd Jan - Friday 6th Jan: 08.30-17.30
Sat 7th Jan / Sun 8th Jan: Closed
Normal Opening Hours will resume on Monday 9th January 2017
Please note that the Library Reading Room, at basement level,
is open over the Christmas/New Year period,
please see related blog post for full details