Monday, 29 January 2018

Books that changed History

Books that changed history

A 2017 publication which will attract the attention of bibliophiles, art historians, literary scholars and many others, Books that changed history published by Dorling Kindersley features essays on 72 works, ranging from Ancient Egyptian books of the dead to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
See a review of this title at Reviews & discussion of "Books that changed history" or hear the editor describe its contents to the RTE presenter Seán O'Rourke at
Some original and some facsimile editions of many of these works feature in the James Hardiman Library's Special Collections. Over the next months we will put our copies of some of these titles on display in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room for you to enjoy, together with the relevant commentary contained in Books that changed History. The initial display features the first volume of Carl Linneus' System Naturae, published in France in 1789. This copy is from the University's Old Library collection, features in the early library printed catalogues and bears the stamp of Queen's College, Galway.

The second chosen title in this display is a modern complete and annotated edition of the Chronicle of the world 1793, commonly known as the Nuremberg Chronicle. This fine edition was published by Taschen in 2001. It is stored in our Special Collections and can be read on request in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room on the ground floor of the Hardiman Research Building (Room HRB005).

Kanopy: new video streaming collection now available

Kanopy is a new video streaming collection providing access to over 20,000 films from more than 850 filmmakers. 
Some of the key partners include:
  • The Criterion Collection 
  • Media Education Foundation 
  • New Day Films 
  • BBC 
Kanopy's film collection covers all subject disciplines and includes documentaries, feature films, foreign language film, independent film, instructional film and more. Over 200+ new films are added every month.

The Library's access to Kanopy is via a Patron Driven Acquisition Programme. A set amount of money has been paid to the supplier of Kanopy for this financial year. If a film is viewed 4+ times this film is licensed/triggered and the budget is deducted accordingly.

Note: Lecturers should ensure any films/documentaries required for course material are viewed 4+ times to ensure the film is triggered. The usage of Kanopy will be monitored regularly.

Kanopy's Help Center is a very useful resource area. Viewers can add films to watchlists, create film clips and playlists highlighting particular sections or lists of films.

  • All films must be watched online, there is no download feature 
  • Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers should be used in preference to Internet Explorer 

Access to Kanopy is available from the Library Catalogue.

Collection Development

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Mental Health & Exercise - James Hardiman Library - Wednesday 17th January

You are invited to attend this event in the Library on 17th January, 1200-1300.
Speakers will include
Conor Whelan, Young Hurler of the Year, 2017
Éamonn Ó Dochartaigh, Student Counselling, NUIG
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, SU President, NUIG
Meet members of the winning Galway All Ireland Senior Hurling Team
Have your photo taken with the Liam McCarthy cup & some of the Galway Team

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Seminar on 25 January. The AWC: Student Performance, Retention, and Employability

The AWC:  Student Performance, Retention, and Employability

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar on the subject of the Academic Writing Centre and raising the standards of student writing at NUIGThe seminar will address the connection between academic writing and student performance, their ability to complete their chosen course of study, and their future career paths.

The Registrar, Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, will open the seminar which will feature speakers from diverse disciplines, including Science, Law, and Marketing and will also include an open forum.

The seminar is an opportunity to cast a closer look at the work of the AWC, a unit which has played a supportive role for thousands of students since its establishment, in 2009. It is also an opportunity to begin a conversation about such issues as plagiarism, originality, and the role of writing in shaping graduate attributes 


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The AWC: Student Performance, Retention, and Employability
James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway 25 January 2018
Provisional Programme

14.00               Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh (Registrar and Deputy President, NUIG): Official Opening of the Seminar

14:10               John Cox (University Librarian): The AWC and James Hardiman Library,

14.15   Panel 1: The AWC and Student Performance

Chair: Niall McSweeney (Head of Research and Learning, James Hardiman Library)

Dr Rachel Cave (Earth and Ocean Sciences)

Dr Pat Morgan (Vice President for Student Experience)

Dr Dorothy Ní Uigín (Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge)

Dr Michael Carty (Biochemistry)

15:00   Coffee

15:05   Panel 2: The AWC and Student Retention

Chair: Michelle Palmer (AWC)

Dr Kimberly LoPrete (History )

Andrew Forde (Student Union Vice President/ Education Officer)

Dr Muireann O’Cinneide (English)

15: 25  Panel 3: The AWC and Student Employablity

Chair: Grace Mannion (Employability Project Officer, Careers Office)

Dr Ann Torres (Marketing)

Dr Nathan Quinlan (Engineering)

Dr Deirdre McHugh (CELT)

15: 55 – Concluding remarks.