Friday, 21 September 2018

IEEE Xplore Access Disruptions Friday 21st September




Due to scheduled maintenance, IEEE Xplore users may experience intermittent access issues from 18:30 - 20:30 on Friday, 21 September. We anticipate that the site may be unavailable for a portion of this time.

We apologise in advance for any disruption this may cause.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Naxos Music Library - now available



Access to Naxos Music Library is now available as part of Library support for the new BA in Music.

Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 140,330 CDs with more than 2,172,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

The contents of Naxos Music Library can be searched by composer, work, genre and label; by keyword search; and by an advanced search engine with up to 11 combined search criteria. In addition to allowing users to listen to recordings, liner notes are provided for many recordings.

Furthermore, a vast array of background information is available.

Resources include:
  • Audio book transcriptions about the history of classical music and opera with listening examples
  • Libretti and synopses of over 700 operas
  • A pronunciation guide for composer and artist names
  • A glossary
  • An overview of important musical terms
  • Work analyses
  • Work details with instrumentation, publishers, duration, other information and available recordings
  • Classical music podcasts






Collection Development

Friday, 14 September 2018

Met Opera on Demand - now available




In support of the new BA in Music, the Library has taken out a subscription to Met Opera on Demand, an online streaming database of full-length opera performances from the New York Metropolitan Opera.


The archive consists of 650 performances, going back seventy years, offering video and audio streaming of the Met's classic repotoire.

The composers range from Mozart, Handel, Puccini, Bizet, Benjamin Britten and contemporaries such as John Adams.


Performers include:
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Joan Sutherland
  • Kiri Te Kanawa 
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Jon Vickers

Also included:
  • More than 100 presentations from the Met’s award-winning "Live in HD" series of global cinema transmissions
  • Classic Met telecasts dating from 1977, including "Aida" starring Leontyne Price, "La Bohème" starring Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto, Jon Vickers as Otello, and more
  • More than 400 radio broadcast performances dating back to 1935, representing many of the most popular operas ever composed 
  • All Met Opera on Demand videos offer English subtitles









Collection Development

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Poets in the Library

Chad Norman
The James Hardiman Library welcomes Chad Norman, a poet from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Chad will be reading from his oeuvre of poetry, which covers 35 years of writing, most recently Selected & New Poems, by Mosaic Press.

Chad will be joined by local poets contributing readings from their work. Celeste Augé hails originally from Northern Ontario, but has called Ireland home from the age of 12 years. Celeste's works include The Essential Guide to Flight, published by Co. Clare's Salmon Poetry. We will also welcome Gerry Hanberry, whose collections of work includes What Our Shoes Say About Us, also published by Salmon.
We're very excited to be welcoming these poets to the Library on Culture Night.
A light lunch will be provided afterwards. Please book for catering purposes!


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Problems Finding E-Journals or Articles? It's Not You, It's Us.


Now that the start of term has commenced, the NUI Galway community will be back using the Library's resources. You'll have seen that we have a brand new search interface to search the Library Catalogue.
The new search interface is full of intelligent features to help enhance your experience of the Library's collections. It's designed to find the right result quicker and more effectively for you.

Unfortunately, it also has some teething problems.

You might find some odd inconsistencies when you're looking for an e-journal or a link to an article from and e-journal. For example you may be searching for a journal, and when the catalogue says the journal is available, you'll get a message like the one below saying there are no results for the record:


So it looks like we've no access to the journal you're looking for.

However, if you press F5 or Ctrl+F5 to refresh the screen, the links to the content will now appear for you:


This is down to an annoying, unpredictable bug in the software we use to power our search interface.
We're sorry about this - it's annoying and frustrating, and we're fully aware of how messy it can make things for you.
The Tech support people behind the search interface have been made aware of this, and we've made them fully aware also of the consequences of this bug on you, the NUI Galway user community.

Again, we apologise for the inconsistent results you'll see until the bug has been fixed. 
So until it's been fully fixed, if you find yourself looking at a screen for a journal that says no fulltext available, just press Ctrl+F5 a couple of times to refresh the menu.

Once the bug has been fully fixed, we're certain you're going to find the seamless experience of the new user interface to be an enriching tool to use.



Thursday, 6 September 2018

IEEE Xplore Access Disruptions Friday 7th Septmeber

Due to scheduled maintenance, IEEE Xplore users may experience intermittent access issues from 18:30 - 20:30 on Friday, 7 September
We anticipate that the site may be unavailable for a portion of this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Students - Become a Gale Ambassador, €570 on offer!


Gale is seeking to recruit two NUI Galway students to become Gale Ambassadors. Gale publishes primary source digital archive collections such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Economist Historical Archive, The Times Digital Archive, State Papers Online and many more, all of which you can access via the Library catalogue.

The selected students will undertake awareness-building activities, so more students will find out about and use these archives. Gale Ambassadors will be paid €570.

Benefits of becoming a Gale Ambassador:
*Business experience: You will be working directly with the marketing team at Gale throughout the course of the programme and gain great experience of the ins and outs of working in a business.
*Work publication: Writing for Gale's blog, The Gale Review, can raise your publication profile and provide accessible, online evidence of your work with Gale.
*Public speaking experience: This is a skill applicable to numerous jobs and a great addition to your CV.
*Personal Research: Whilst undertaking the activities required by the scheme, you will also be improving your own research skills and discovering new sources for your own studies.

The Gale Ambassador scheme will run throughout the 2018-19 academic year. You can complete the following activities at a time most convenient to you, as long as they’re spread out through the year.

*Blogging: Write 4 blog posts (600-700 words) for our company blog, The Gale Review
*Social Media: Post 20 times throughout the year about our archives on social media
*Live Events: Organise 4 live events (e.g. speaking slot in a lecture or a peer-to-peer training session)
*Market Research: Survey at least 10 students on their study patterns and experiences using Gale’s resources.

How to apply: Send the following to jessica.edwards@cengage.com by Wednesday 12th September 2018.

1. Your subject (plus module names) and year of study for the coming academic year (2018-19)
2. Your CV
3. A short video of yourself (no more than 5 minutes and ideally in MP4 format) explaining:
§ What you would say to students in a lecture to emphasise the value of primary sources
§ 2 ideas to increase awareness of the digital resources at your university, and/or how to use the Gale databases
§ Any other reasons you’d be good for the role!
(Video files will be too large to email. One way of getting the file across is to use ‘We Transfer’ (https://wetransfer.com/) – the free version will work fine. Use the small box on the left-hand side of the screen to upload your file, type in the recipient email address (jessica.edwards@cengage.com) and your own, then press ‘Transfer’. We will receive a link which will allow us to download your video.)

*Note: Gale is running an in-person training session for all its ambassadors on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September at the University of Oxford, one of the universities running the scheme. The training session is vital, as it will provide thorough coverage of Gale’s resources and research tools. Gale will cover the costs of travel to and from Oxford, food and accommodation.*