Friday, 20 April 2018

Have a MyiLibrary ebook account? Then read this...


On Wednesday April 25th, the contents of the MyiLibrary ebook platform with migrate over to the Ebook Central ebook platform.

All our MyiLibrary ebooks will be accessible via Ebook Central from then on. If you have any links saved that point to a book on MyiLibrary, they'll still work for while, but we recommend you use the Library Catalogue so you can access the title on the new platform with no problems.

Most importantly, MyiLibrary bookshelves will not be migrated. So if you have a bookshelf created on MyiLibrary, it would be worth printing it out. You can then create a new bookshelf on Ebook Central and populate it with the listing.

Also, if you used the bookmarking and highlighting features on MyiLibrary you will lose those indications in their ebooks after the title migration. However, notes can be preserved using these instructions.

Friday, 13 April 2018

The Bancroft Library’s Irish American holdings, public lecture by Theresa Salazar

John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway, is delighted to invite you to a public lecture by:
 
Theresa Salazar, Curator of the Western Americana Collection at The Bancroft Library, at the University of California, Berkeley
 
Title: The Bancroft Library’s Irish American holdings
Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018
Time: 16:00 - 16:45, followed by an informal reception
Venue:  Room G010 Hardiman Research Building, NUIG
 
 
Theresa Salazar lecture will be about the Michael O’Shaughnessy archive and other collections of Irish interest at the Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley. The Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy Papers represent one of the most heavily used collections at The Bancroft Library. The Library also has small, but rich, clutches of material related to Ireland's great writers, along with documentation of the contributions of many Irish Americans to the history of California. Ms. Salazar will touch on these holdings along with a more focused presentation on O'Shaughnessy, San Francisco's renowned City Engineer.
 
Biography: Theresa Salazar is Curator of the Western Americana Collection at The Bancroft Library, at the University of California, Berkeley, a position she has held for the last 19 years. She oversees one of the largest collections documenting the American West from the colonial period to the present. The documentation of the history of California is the most extensive, including many important archival collections on San Francisco and the Bay Area and the Environmental Movement

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Learning Analytics: understand learning and support the learner

Learning Analytics: understand learning and support the learner
 
Mathieu d'Aquin lecture, Wednesday 2nd May 1300-1400
 
G011 Hardiman Research Building
 
In this presentation, organised by the University’s Research Data Working Group,  Mathieu d'Aquin will explore the growing area of learning analytics: the application of data analytics approaches to data from learning activities.
 
The presentation will look at typical applications, for example, to identify students at risk and find ways to support them better.
 
Mathieu will also describe more complex examples from the AFEL (Analytics for Everyday Learning) EU project, which looks at personal learning analytics for online, self-directed learning. 
 
 
Biography: Mathieu d'Aquin is Professor of Informatics and Data Analytics and Vice-Director at the NUI Galway Data Science Institute, and PI at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.
He has worked on many approaches to the intelligent management of data and knowledge in distributed, complex and heterogeneous contexts, including applications in smart cities, research data management, personal data management and technology-enhanced learning.
He is currently coordinating the AFEL (Analytics for Everyday Learning) Horizon 2020 project (afel-project.eu). 
 
Sandwich lunch provided - please book here
 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

[Update - Access Restored] Access to E-Resources Currently Down

Update 12:15pm
Access to resources has been restored. Thanks for your patience.


April 11th 11:00am

Due to a problem with the Edugate service, access to databases, e-journals and e-books is currently being severely affected. Connections over campus wifi or from off-campus will not work for resources.

ISS have been notified about the issue and are currently investigating.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Academic Writing and Innovation. Seminar on 17 April. James Hardiman Research Building G010




Innovation is seen as a key ingredient for success in academia, but we often take good academic writing for granted as a crucial skill in this process. We know from the work of Peter Elbow that writing is a creative and imaginative process, irrespective of the subject. Janet Giltrow has argued that ‘style is meaningful’ and impacts the development of ideas. More recently, Helen Sword has drawn attention to ‘stylish academic writing’, arguing that ‘intellectual creativity thrives best in an atmosphere of experimentation rather than conformity’. Yet the precise relationship between academic writing and innovation remains to be explored; to do so means to highlight the crucial importance of writing centres, writing instructors, and pedagogical initiatives to academia at large.

This seminar will examine the connection between academic writing and innovation from a variety of perspectives, including the use of the Project Based Learning (PBL) and other innovative methodologies, the switch from assessing to improving student writing, the role of writing centres in academia, the ideology of writing spaces, and new ways to support librarians on the path towards publication.


Programme
11.00       
Opening remarks     
Cathal O’Donoghue  (Dean of Arts, NUI Galway)

John Cox ( University Librarian, NUI Galway)

11.15 – 12.45 
Panel 1            Writing as a Tool for Discovery
Chair
Gerry Mac Ruairc (NUIG)
Tom Deans (University of Connecticut.):   Paradoxes of Writing Instruction and 
How They Play Out in a University Writing Center
Alexander Champoux (University of Minnesota): Ideology and Invention
in the Pedagogical Writing Space

Adrian Frazier (NUI Galway :
Writing Across the Curriculum, Across the Atlantic ?


12.45 – 13.45        Lunch
                       
13:45 – 15.00 
Panel 2                       New Methodologies
Chair:             
Monica Crump (NUIG)
                     
Megan S. Jewell (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio): ‘
                       
Innovative Outreach: Writing About Writing (WAW) Approaches in Writing Centre
Workshops for Writers in the Sciences
Steven Engel (University of Michigan) Meaningful Choices
: Using Project-based Learning to Teach Professional Writing
15.00                     Coffee
15:15 Panel 3            Writing and Originality
Chair
Kris Meen (NUIG)
Helen Fallon (Maynooth University) 
Academic Writing Librarian: An innovative way to Support Librarians
on the Path to Publication
Ann Nowak (Touro Law Center): 
Loglines, Ledes, Whirligigs, and Time-Steps: Tools to De-Muddle Academic Writing
16:15
Discussion Forum 
Chair
Sharon Flynn (CELT)
A question and answer forum featuring short presentations by members of NUIG staff
Trevor Clohessy (Whitaker Institute)
Pat Byrne (IT)
Jane Ennis (Disability Services)
Rachel Hilliard (Whitaker Institute)
Laura  McLoughlin ( School of Languages),
Niall McSweeney (James Hardiman Library)
Muireann O Cinneide (English),
Simon Warren (CELT)
           
17:15
 Concluding remarks